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photoblog image Starting Gate for Providence Bridge Pedal Ride

Starting Gate for Providence Bridge Pedal Ride

Sunday, I participated in the 2007 Providence Bridge Pedal Ride.  It's practically the only time they shut down the bridges in Portland in lieu of bikes.  Riders could choose to ride across 6, 8 or 10 bridges (14, 24, or 36 miles).  I rode the six bridge ride because I did not know what I was in store for...not sure I could do it, etc.  After all, it is hilly in Portland!

Well I made it to the Finish line!

This is a series of six pics devoted to the Bridge Pedal ride.  Myself and 20,000 Portland friends participated.  It got quite crowded at some points, but in general, it was a lot of fun.  Our participation helped buy defibrilators. Providence Heart and Vascular Institute will buy automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and donate them to selected gathering places in the community, such as stores, schools and libraries. An AED is a portable device used to restore normal heart rhythm to persons in cardiac arrest.


2007 Providence Bridge Pedal Ride
Picture 1 of 6 - Starting Line

Starting Gate for Providence Bridge Pedal Ride

Sunday, I participated in the 2007 Providence Bridge Pedal Ride.  It's practically the only time they shut down the bridges in Portland in lieu of bikes.  Riders could choose to ride across 6, 8 or 10 bridges (14, 24, or 36 miles).  I rode the six bridge ride because I did not know what I was in store for...not sure I could do it, etc.  After all, it is hilly in Portland!

Well I made it to the Finish line!

This is a series of six pics devoted to the Bridge Pedal ride.  Myself and 20,000 Portland friends participated.  It got quite crowded at some points, but in general, it was a lot of fun.  Our participation helped buy defibrilators. Providence Heart and Vascular Institute will buy automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and donate them to selected gathering places in the community, such as stores, schools and libraries. An AED is a portable device used to restore normal heart rhythm to persons in cardiac arrest.


2007 Providence Bridge Pedal Ride
Picture 1 of 6 - Starting Line

comments (20)

  • Debra Martin
  • 13 Aug 2007, 00:39
Congratulations, Kay, from your sis, a cyclist of sorts. Pic looks like it WAS crowded, like you stated on the phone! Love, Debbie
Kay: Thank you so much, Deb! You are the one who gave me this idea, after all the rides you've gone on. I'll be here to support you on the LiveStrong ride! Can't wait for that one. smile
Wow, not sure whether I would finish 14 miles, in such a crowd, congratulations for riding for a good cause!!
Kay: Thank you very much, Patrick! I'm feeling good that I contributed to the cause, even if it was just a little bit!
Great profile of the grey biker.
Automated external defibrillators are getting big here in Canada at hockey rinks. They have already saved many lives.
Kay: That makes me feel good, Michael. Glad that it's catching on in other parts of the world. Thanks for your comment too!
Brave woman Kay, I would have barely made it from my car to the start point of the race smile

Like the fact the chap here has his face turned to the left, he stands out
Kay: S/S: Believe me, I am still figuring out which gears to shift when I'm biking up hill. I ended up walking up a few of them. LOL! grin
I was lucky on getting this shot. Didn't notice it until I uploaded the pics to the computer!
Great pic... I like the view from inside the group.
Kay: Thank you so much, Larry. smile You are so kind!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 13 Aug 2007, 03:37
CONGRATULATIONS, Kay, on being in on such a worthy cause, of doing the bike ride yourself, and of capturing the ethos of the moment. I think these are defining events in our lives when we realize there is a world out there that is much bigger than ourselves alone. Thanks for the reminder! I look forward to the rest of this series.
Kay: Hi Ginnie! Thank you so much for all your kind words. They are all so true. It felt so good to help out the community and get some exercise at the same time!
Nice picture and well done on supportiong a good cause..
Kay: Thank you very much, Shakara!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Aug 2007, 10:58
Maybe we should invite you to come and do the Witsand 80km. It is in a semi-desert environment with some white sandy dunes. I will come get some good action shots smile Congratulations on your performance - I gather we are going to see a number of pictures from a rider's perspective - looking forward to that.

Wetting the appetite here with a great shot.
Kay: LOL! Louis! You are so funny. The action shots you'll be getting are those of me walking my bike up hills and trying to shift gears. Just kidding smile
Funny picture ! I like your angle of view and this forest of helmets smile
Kay: smile A big smile for you, Zeb! Thanks!
Good Choice you made choosing 6. i wanted to say Lazy girl:p...but then you being smart about what you are doing here...so how did it go?
Kay: Ah, it went fine, Nacha! I only got one minor scratch and a sore bum. Considering others fared worse, I consider myself lucky. Especially since it's my first crowded bike ride. I learned a lot from this ride. One thing: Buy a regular digital camera and take it on the ride. Not a heavy DSLR and 2 lenses. What was I thinking??? smile
  • mal
  • 13 Aug 2007, 13:48
very well done Kay and in a great cause. I look forward to the series. mal
Kay: Thanks Mal. I hope I don't disappoint. smile
I like the way you have caught this man in profile whilst everyone else is facing forward - he is really well framed. Well done - that is some achievement and such a good cause.
Ingrid
Kay: Thank you very much, Ingrid! smile
Congratulations! This may be like running Marathons. Once you do one, it is hard to stop even though it is clearly nuts.
Kay: Hi Martin, thank you! I can't wait for the next.
Great point of view. I like it a lot. (:o)
Kay: Thank you, Roz!!
Cracking image Kay. Love the way the guy with the grey beard is looking to his left - this makes the pic for me. Lovely!! David.
Kay: Thank you very much, David!
Congratulations on finishing! What a great cause to ride for! I love this picture.You just feel like you are in the middle of the excitement of starting the race. Well done.
Kay: Ah, thank you, DD grin I'm happy it's over with. Give me a week or two to recoup and I'll be ready again. Maybe. wink
Crowdy ! Nice and dynamic picture.
Kay: Thanks so much, Florence smile
Interesting image, waiting for the off for a good cause, surprised you could take a camera on the ride though, and had time to use it. Look forward to the other pictures in the series.
Kay: Hi Les,
Believe you me, I wish I had purchased a small digital camera. The lenses and camera were heavy!!!
Thank you so much for your comment!
You have given us a real sense of being there with this image Kay. Well done you - fourteen miles that's going some and a great cause too. I shall watch the race unfold.
Kay: I would like to see it again from a chair, Jose! (I'm laughing). I'm still a little sore, but I have fond memories of the trip. I'm glad I can share some pictures. I may have some more to post later on.
This is very recent images! Still they are hot! wink It promises to be an interesting series! smile
Kay: Thank you very kindly, Jose!

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