Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting Routes

Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting Routes

The 2019 Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting is less than a week away. We’re really excited to meet many of you near Portland next weekend!

The Un-Meeting ‘un-officially’ starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at Stub Stewart State Park in Buxton, OR. We’ll meet at the Visitor Center (see this map).

On Friday, many of us will ride from Portland on Friday and camp at the park. The rides are on Saturday, and on Sunday, we’ll ride back to Portland.

This year’s routes are curated by our friends at OMTM, the Oregon route-finding group. There are four routes:

  • 47 mile (76 km) paved backroads
  • 61 mile (99 km) paved backroads
  • 66 mile (106 km) paved and gravel roads
  • 86 mile (139 km) ‘Adventure’ route includes pavement, gravel and singletrack

All routes ride together to Vernonia for breakfast and coffee at the Black Iron Cafe with outdoor seating and bike parking. After that, the routes continue together on the paved Timber road until nearing the town of Timber where they diverge.

After the rides, we’ll have a campfire on Saturday night at Stub Stewart State Park’s Brooke Creek Camp. We’ve reserved HIKE Sites 10, 11, 13, and 14 for both Friday and Saturday nights. These are walk-in only – there is no parking (except for bikes and tandems).

Click here for cue sheets and GPS tracks of the routes on RideWithGPS. Included are routes to Stub Stewart State Park from the Hillsboro MAX station (23 miles/36 km) and from Portland Union Station (42 miles/68 km).

A last word about logistics: Everyone is welcome to the Un-Meeting. There are no registration, no fees, no services and no sag wagon; you’ll carry your own gear. Simply show up on Saturday and ride with us. You don’t need a special bike, but there are no bike shops along the route, so make sure your bike is in perfect condition for this ride. And with many sharp corners on both the paved and gravel routes, please use caution and ride within your and your bike’s capabilities.

For me, the Un-Meeting is a highlight of the year. I hope to see you there!

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Comments (4)

  • John Golden

    Is there a preferred route from Portland to Stubbs other than what Google Maps suggests? Any idea what time folks planed on rolling out to the camp on Friday?

    September 9, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    • Jan Heine

      There is a route from Portland as part of the RideWithGPS files. I think everybody will ride out there on their own schedule. The ride back to Portland will be more social, since most of us will start at the same time.

      September 10, 2019 at 12:38 am
  • Randi Wexler

    Hi- as a long term reader of BQ I was very excited to see the “unmeeting” come to the Portland area. Everything was arranged and I planned to be there with a friend. And I was hoping to meet Natsuko. Unfortunately, last week during a stroll in our neighborhood, I had a fall and broke my wrist. So, please come again, soon. I look forward to reading your account of the gathering!! Enjoy.

    September 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm
    • Jan Heine

      So sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you recover soon! We’ll miss you.

      September 12, 2019 at 7:37 pm

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