EPIC RIDE: Viking Bike-Ride & Potluck Party to Welcome Spring! -MARCH 26!!!

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bikeygirl
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DATE: Saturday, March 26 · 12:00pm – 7:00pm

LOCATION: At the end of Milvalle Trail, by the Milvalle Riverfront Pavillion & Parking Area

70 Riverfront Drive

Pittsburgh, PA

EVENT INFO: Come on an epic ride… a VIKING bike ride & Potluck to welcome spring & pay tribute to The Valhalla Gods!

Meet at the end of the Millvale Riverfront trail by the Pavilion and the Parking area at NOON. Ride starts at 12:30pm, and goes for about two-hours.

End of Ride approx. at 2:30pm back at Milvalle Riverfront Pavilion for Potluck & hopefully some grilling!

WHAT TO BRING:

*Water and snacks for ride!

*Food and more water for your consumption, and/or to share at the potluck.

*If you want to grill, bring your supplies, or get a buddy-griller to share with.

*We can actually stop by a store too on the way to the potluck to buy supplies/pillage!!

*Trashbags to clean & recycle afterwards -we’re the good kind-of vikings!

ROUTE: This is an all-inclusive bike-ride for all abilities!!

There is a shorter flat-route for those who are still getting back-on-the saddle for this year or have kids in toll; and a longer route with one-long hill for those who want to show off their viking-style!

NOTE: SUPPLIES/PILLAGING LOCATIONS IN THE MAP ARE SUGGESTED STOPS TO BUY FOOD FOR THE POTLUCK!!!

PROPS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

…. otherwise how can one tell you are a viking? :)

****there might be prizes for the best outfits/props too****

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to marshall-lead the ride!!

If you are attending this event, PLEASE POST on comments below what are you bringing so everyone knows what to expect there and plan accordingly -remember this is a POTLUCK!

HIS EVENT BROUGH TO YOU BY THE VIKING-AFFICIONADOS AT THE BIKEPGH MESSAGE BOARD!!!!!

FEEL FREE TO INVITE OTHER PEOPLE – More = merrier!!




ONE MORE THING: To make the pillaging more fun, please ALSO bring a can or unperishable item from the list on the link below to-be donated for the PITTSBURGH FOOD BANK!!

That way the ride will be EVEN more EPIC and AWESOME :)

http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/pdf/shopping_list.

http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org


bikeygirl
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CPollack
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Crap!! This looks so amazing and fun!! I want in!

A. Where does one get viking gear? I at least want something to cut up and somehow stretch over my helmet! Haha.

B. I am definintely going to try to get a few hours off of work to make this, or try for the whole day.


ejwme
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I am bringing myself, my bike, dback, his bike, reusable plates/silverware/napkin for myself and one other person (whoever wants), water for washing up/drinking, food item (depends what’s in season, might be sesame sweet peas), as well as any additional items dback may want to transport in the car as well.

CPollack – I’d check party stores, but scuttlebutt seems to imply this is a DIY party.


bikeygirl
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FOR THOSE ON THE INTERWEBS….. here’s the Facebook Event Page link:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=185820358127769

Props/costumes NOT REQUIRED to participate, but would be a heck-lot of fun to wear :)


Pseudacris
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Where does one get viking gear?

One sacks a castle.


edmonds59
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I should be able to bring firewood and manage that component for communal grilling.

Does anyone know that park, is there one of those steel pedestal grills?


Kordite
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> Where does one get viking gear?

Spotlight Costumes on Carson Street has delux viking helmets with horns and fur for $20. Helmets without the fur for $8. And some kids sizes and soft helms. I just stopped by there and they have at least half a dozen of each.


dbacklover
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I will bring a cooler full of once living consumables for the Non Vegetarians if we can find out about the whole grill situation.


bikeygirl
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I will have F.A.Q and what you-should-know soon…

If you have specific questions, shoot away!!

For now, assume we will have to bring out our own “tailgate” style grills. I was thinking that if we could have (2) of them, one for Omnivorous people and one for the Herbivorous, we would be good….

@Edmonds…. there is no “pit” for wood burning…..

I’ll get back to you on this & more…. soon….


edmonds59
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woot! It’s a grill!


the beast
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The last time I was there, Im pretty sure they had built in grills.


Erica
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I’ll try to make viking-shaped bread at work.


Ahlir
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This looks fabulous! But, inevitably, there are Questions:

1) Are you renting the pavilion? If so, who’s putting up the cash? do you want donations?

2) The pavilion has a full food-prep area. Will we be using it for re-heating stuff and for clean-up? (It also has washrooms, electricity, etc.)

3) What’s the Millvale policy on alcoholic beverages?

4) Is this rain-or-shine?

[ps-> for the person who suggested pillaging castles for viking gear. Recall that our all-new PA assembly is voting in favor of the expanded “castle doctrine”. Be careful out there.]

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whoops, just saw @bikeygirl’s post…


bikeygirl
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THE SKINNY ON THE PAVILLION-POTLUCK FACILITIES:

*Covered shelter!

*PIcnic-Style table -About 12 of them!!

*Car parking If you are car-commuting your bike & potluck goodies!

*(2) Medium-Size built-In charcoal grills!!!

WHAT WE DON’T HAVE:

*Bathrooms at Pavillion are closed for repair, but there are some nearby

*No water -so bring your own!

*No electricity -but it will all be daytime so who cares.

Hrm…. Anything else?

EDIT: FOR THOSE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS:

*I talked to the folks in charge of the Pavillion, and it doesn’t officially open for rental until end of April -so that’s why the kitchen, bathrooms, water are out/closed. BUT, we can still use the facility as-is, as long as we leave it better than when we found it.

*Therefore, we are using it for free & I haven’t spent any money so-far. I’ll probably get some “basic-general-supplies” for back up & for the un-prepared cyclist, but so far no donations are needed.

*I did not ask about alcohol policy for the place since we are technically not renting the Pavillion -but I can ask the association nevertheless. Assume the answers are “no” or “no open containers allowed”. Either way, I will not police anyone nor will be responsible for that -I just expect people to behave in a social-healthy-responsible-prudent Viking manner.

*Rain or Shine most definitely. If it rains we can just do the short route & start “potlucking” earlier.

*Both routes start at the Pavillion and go west on the Milvalle trail towards the North Side, around the stadiums, across to Downtown, and then fork apart, with the short-route heading down The Strip District and all the way back to the Starting Point at the Pavillion. The long route goes on through Downtown, Jail Trail, Panther Hollow, and so on, until it makes it’s way back to the Pavillion via 40th Street Bridge.

*Short route is approximately 10miles. Long Route approximately 22 miles.

*No re-heating on-site unfortunately :(

Anything else? :)

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myddrin
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Two questions about the routes:

1) Which direction?

2) And what are the distances for the 2 options?

BTW, thanks @bikeygirl for setting this all up. I’m really excited about this!


Bikelove2010
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I’m working on getting that GIVE THE ROAD thing in a format I can print onto shirts. Any color suggestions? saftey green? red? hot pink?


Bikelove2010
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I’m working on getting that GIVE THE ROAD thing in a format I can print onto shirts. Any color suggestions? saftey green? red? hot pink?


Noah Mustion
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hot pink for me… ;)


Pseudacris
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I’ll bring a yummy vegan slaw and maybe a lebanese-style chickpea salad.


myddrin
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I’ll be making something. Vegetarian, possibly vegan. (Depends on my time and what I have on hand.)

Once I know what it is, I’ll post it. :)


Erica
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same here, I want to make something, but not sure what.


edmonds59
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Since I volunteered the fire stuffs, I will be driving to the park, so if people bring items to the start, you can stow things in the vehicle during the ride.


the beast
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Im pretty sure I have my wife talked into making a sweet viking themed cake.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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dwillen
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reddan
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@dwillen: Viking, or ZZ Top? Tough to tell.

“‘Cause every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed Norse…”


ejwme
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I’m so excited about this. I really have nothing to contribute to the conversation, I’m just too excited.


Nate
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I’ve put together the armature for the prow. Tomorrow I’ll do the stern and start in on the first part of skinning. I think I’ve got time, 6-7 days. It’s gonna rock.


bikeygirl
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HEYAS!!!

I THINK I FOUND WHAT COULD BE THE “OFFICIAL” T-SHIRT FOR THIS RIDE!!!!

“Pillage and burn, maim and kill….nothing like a little good old fashioned Viking fun!”

I found it at “The Cotton Factory”, which is a local T-Shirt company based here in Pittsburgh!

http://www.cottonfactory.com/pillage-and-burn.html

I think that I found my t-shirt for this ride! YEAH!!!!!

EDIT: I’M DEFINITELY GETTING THIS T-SHIRT -IF PEOPLE/SOMEONE IS INTERESTED IN ONE TOO, LET ME KNOW AND I CAN PUT YOU IN MY ORDER, AND I’LL BRING THE TEE FOR YOU BEFORE THE RIDE :)

:D


Pseudacris
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Can we burn an effigy of a Marcellus Shale gas well?


bikeygirl
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NO BURNING EFFIGYS OF ANY KIND!!!!

Let’s not get back on that line-of-discussion

Even if the burning-effigy is to support a good cause…. ;)


Kordite
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http://shirt.woot.com/Derby/Entry.aspx?id=50903

Voting has ended over at Woot but I don’t know if this shirt is one of the winners. If so, it will go on sale in the next few days for $10 and, if ordered immediately, may be shipped in time for the ride next week.


dbacklover
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10 day forcast says high of 42 that day. That is just a tad chilly but im still excited for the ride. Those I invited may not show but Ill be there.


Erica
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that’s probably the high that vikings are accustomed to.


sarapgh2
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Plus, Pgh 10-day weather forecasts are about as accurate as looking in a magic 8 ball. it’ll change, don’t worry.


Bikelove2010
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Blast!!!!! i’ve just been informed I made plans for the day of the ride. I promised my sister Id make it to her competition that day, and since i haven’t been to one yet, I guess I better go.


dbacklover
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Are you Saying a magic 8 ball isnt trustworthy.. I asked it if I should get married and it said YES…

I see your point


ejwme
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dback – I ride unless the roads are covered in something nasty. At which point I’ll be at DH’s getting studed tires installed, and THEN I’ll ride. Your transportation is thus assured :D


dbacklover
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Ejwme

I never doubted you, I invited everyone I know to join the ride. My friends and pastor and sisters and brother.. you know everyone everywhere. I really dont expect any of them to show up. 8-]

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