Mars Needs Women? No. Cyclists Need Lemonade!

by Katy on August 15, 2010 · 5 comments

I’m sitting on my front porch right now watching hundreds of cyclists cruising past my house. Because yes, today is the Sunday Parkways event that closes down nine miles of city streets to motorized traffic. And my street, which is already rife with bikers, (we’re on an official bike route) becomes a cyclist’s dream.

No cars.

There are different routes for those who are looking for a “relatively flat loop” as well as a “more challenging, 4-mile Mt Tabor loop will be optional to summit the only volcano in the City limits.”

Sign me up for the relatively flat loop!

So instead of spending an hour or two writing a blog post, I’m off to slather on the sunscreen and pull out the family’s bicycles. And then later, when it’s nice and hot, we’ll be setting up a lemonade stand. Because those cyclists get nice and thirsty. 😀

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Molly On Money August 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Guadalajara, Mx closes down their downtown on Sundays in the summer to cars. It’s a pain if your a car but it’s pretty spectacular to be able to run, walk or bike through the city!


Katy August 15, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Guess what? By the time we were done cycling the route, I needed to drop my son off at a birthday party. So the lemonade stand will have to wait until another day.

However, I heard that Mars is still in need of a few lovely ladies. 😉



Jason August 16, 2010 at 5:27 am

The more I read your blog, the more envious I become of the fact that you live in Portland and I don’t….if only the job market were otherwise, I’d be on the next bus and probably settle in Hawthorne District or similar environs.


Tracy Balazy August 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Jason, I totally agree with you (as I sit here, jobless, in Michigan). I’ve seen shows and read articles about Portland, and it looks like the coolest place all around!!


Jen August 16, 2010 at 5:56 am

Jason, I applaud you for thinking ahead and not just hopping on that bus. I was born in Portland, now I live somewhere else. Part of the problem with Portland today is that people just think it sounds cool to live there so they arrive with no job prospects or real plan. When I go back home to visit, no one I meet was born there. Portland has a really educated un- and under-employed population.


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