Let’s pick some blueberries! We love riding out to one of Portland’s U-Pick farms to load up on our favorite summer snack. But since we’re dealing with an agricultural product, weather, and small family farms, it can be tricky to plan all the details. Our plans may change day of, so stay tuned via our Instagram for updates or give us a call at the shop (971.808.5795).
So here’s the plan: meet at the shop for coffee, roll out by 9:30 to beat some of that midday heat. We’ll be riding to Bonny Slope Blueberries in the Tualatin Valley. The ride out there isn’t too far (~12 miles), but more challenging considering the climb over the Tualatin hills.
This is a social, no-drop ride, about 30 miles round-trip, with about 2000’ of total climbing and a fair amount of gravel in Forest Park. We welcome all riders from all levels. There is some riding on busy roads, so make yourself visible with daytime lights and reflective stuff. We will ride together at an intermediate pace and take advantage of safety in numbers. Probably there will be post-ride beers somewheres. You are responsible for your own safety and for making sure your bike and your body are up for the the ride.
What to bring:
CA$H for berries—they are $3/lb at Bonny Slope and it is not unreasonable to pick 8+ pounds of berries if you are a berry maniac like us. The farm is cash only.
Bags or containers for berries—most farms have buckets for picking, but it’s up to you to transport them home.
Sun protection—sunblock, a bandana, light layer and a big hat are recommended.
Plenty of water—stay hydrated! There may not be drinking water available on the route/at the farm.
Snacks/picnic lunch—we’ll probably picnic at the farm.
Safety/visibility—helmet and hi-vis/reflective gear recommended.
Basic flat fix/tool kit.