BQ Un-Meeting: September 26 in Cle Elum WA

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It’s less than two weeks to the Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting! What’s unique about our approach is that it is not a set, planned route, but rather the opportunity to loosely gather and explore together. Last year’s meeting near Mount Rainier was great fun (above). This year we will meet on September 26 and 27 in Cle Elum, Washington.
The idea is to get together to ride bikes and talk in an informal setting. We really don’t need much more organization, fees, or prepared services. We are setting up a time and place and hope you’ll meet us there if you’d like to ride with like-minded cyclists. You’ll be able to figure out how to get there and where to stay.
Hahn did a recon trip up to Cle Elum and scouted the accommodations. For those who want to camp, we’ll be at the Whispering Pines RV Park in a nice, secluded area by the pond. There are showers, bathrooms and a propane grill. There is a burn ban as of today, so we won’t be able to talk around a campfire, but I’m sure we’ll figure out a way to hang out at night near our campsites. Cle Elum also has a number of inns and motels.
The Bicycle Quarterly crew will arrive on Friday night. Saturday’s ride will start at 8 in the morning at the campground. At 8:15, we’ll stop at the Cle Elum bakery (E 1st and NE Peoh Ave) for supplies. You can meet us there, too.
From there, we’ll head into the mountains. Most of us probably will explore a gravel loop, possibly the old road from Liberty to Swauk Pass. If you prefer to stay on pavement, you can head up the highway over Swauk Pass and then return via the old road on Old Blewett Pass. Or you can just go up to Old Blewett Pass and back. There are many options… The rides will probably be between 60 and 80 miles (100-135 km), but you can shorten the rides by turning around early. We plan to be back in Cle Elum for dinner.
On Sunday, we’ll ride back to Seattle via the John Wayne Trail – again on gravel, avoiding the highways except for a short section around Snoqualmie Falls.
Please note that no services will be provided, so make sure that you and your bike are in shape to do these rides (ie: there will be no sag wagons!) Bringing a map of the area is a good idea, too. (We recommend the Delorme Washington State Atlas & Gazetteer, where we cut out the sheets we need for a given ride.)
Last year’s Un-Meeting was great fun, and I am sure this year’s will be great, too. See you there!

13 Responses to BQ Un-Meeting: September 26 in Cle Elum WA

  1. shiggy September 13, 2015 at 7:59 am #

    “Ride back to Seattle on Sunday”?
    Some of us are not coming from Seattle.

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly September 13, 2015 at 11:23 am #

      Those not coming from Seattle will obviously return via a different route. Some people may stay all Sunday in the area, too, and explore more roads. There are plenty of riding opportunities. It’s an “Un-Meeting”, so you are free to ride where you want.

    • Larry September 16, 2015 at 8:58 am #

      Make friends during the event and then bike to Seattle and stay with them?

  2. Mark Guglielmana September 13, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    For those looking to ride up to Cle Elum from the Seattle area with others, I’m keeping track of riders on the Bikeforums site at this link: http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1026671-state-washington-peoples-what-state-iron-horse-trail-now.html#post18109726
    I’ll contact all on the list so we can work out details on where and when to meet.

  3. CBratina September 13, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    Please provide a GPX route or map of the planned route. Even if people can’t make this ride, they will be able to do it in the future. Thanks.

  4. sisyphus September 13, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    An opportunity like this to ride with BQ folks is squarely in my wheelhouse. However, I live on the east cost and am up to my eyeballs in work. I hope that you have an enjoyable and memorable event. Maybe someday I’ll stop in.

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly September 13, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

      It is fun to have readers from all over join the event, but I understand that it’s a long way. Perhaps you can organize an Un-Meeting in your part of the world – it doesn’t take much, and it’s great fun to meet like-minded cyclists.

  5. Xavier September 15, 2015 at 5:34 am #

    Any idea of how many BQ readers there would be in a 100km radius around Lausanne, Switzerland? Wondering if a local Un-Meeting could gather readers.

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly September 15, 2015 at 9:55 am #

      We don’t have many readers in Switzerland, but the Un-Meetings aren’t for readers only. It’s just a great way to gather and exchange ideas and enjoy the company of like-minded cyclists.

  6. Bo Richardson September 17, 2015 at 6:05 am #

    Alex Mueller is in Ravensburg. He has an atlantis and is a great companion.

  7. Fred Mulder September 19, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    I’m thinking of a touring set up for when I ride from Seattle to Cle Elum , then going with a lighter set up for the group ride. Is there space on the ground at the RV park for me and my tent? Or should I look for a forest service campground?

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly September 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

      There is space at the RV Park for anybody who wants to camp… I don’t know about the cost, but I expect it to be reasonable.