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A Pretty (Hilly) Loop in Gig Harbor, Starting in Tacoma
If you are new, please read our newcomer information.
Route takes us over the bridge for a scenic loop in Gig Harbor featuring hilly rural roads and part of Cushman Trail. (linked below - download or print a cue sheet if desired).
At mile 20 we will reach a washroom at the Cushman Trail Grandview Trailhead. No public washrooms at the start - there are gas stations and several other businesses in the area that have washrooms for customers.
We'll meet at the Narrows Park & Ride on 6th Avenue (at Skyline/ Oxford) in Tacoma near War Memorial Park at 9:45am and start riding at 10:00am. after introductions and a brief safety talk.
Please note: During COVID-19 restrictions, all Free Group Rides are limited in the number of allowed participants. Registration for the ride (using the red “Register Now” button above) is REQUIRED to participate. If you decide not to ride, please click the red "Cancel My Registration" button above so that an additional spot will be made available to another.
Face coverings (for mouth and nose) are required when the group makes extended stops. Face coverings are recommended for the duration of the ride. Please bring personal hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and tissues for use at rest stops.
We will observe current social distancing guidelines when off the bike, and strive to maintain at least 10-12ft separation between riders when on the bike.
Pace is moderate - expecting riders to be able to sustain a speed of 14 to 16 mile per hour on flat, windless terrain for about three hours. We will take hills at our own paces and regroup after hills / before turns if we get spread out. Paces tend to vary with climbs and descents. Faster riders are welcome to go ahead and the group will wait for slower riders, within reason. Please send a message or post a comment if you are unsure if this is a good ride for you or if you have any other questions. If you are new to Cascade Free Group rides, please click on "Read our newcomer information" at the top.
Helmets are required. Other things to bring: ID, cash and/or credit card, a charged cell phone, supplies to fix a flat or other minor mechanical, water and a small snack. Lights on your bike are recommended but not required if you have reflectors. Out of consideration for others, please have full fenders if roads are wet - you may be asked to ride at the back if you do not have fenders. And as mentioned above, in these times, you will need a face covering and should also pack hand sanitizer and kleenex.
Note: If weather conditions meet the weather cancellation criterion listed above or if there are unforeseen hazardous riding conditions, the Ride Leader will cancel the ride at least two hours prior to the start and will not be at the start location. Please check before leaving for the ride.
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