ARPD plans costumed bike rideJames Wilson
Have you ever thought you were born in the wrong decade? Now there is a chance to pretend that you’re simply riding along in the decade you were meant to be in.
The Almanor Recreation and Park District will launch its inaugural Decades Bike Ride on Aug. 9. The free event is set up for people to not only enjoy Almanor’s natural beauty, but be transported back to days of yore.
Michelle Gosney, who has sat on the ARPD board for the last seven months, came up with the idea to organize the ride after attending a “Tweed Ride” in Chico. People in the area pulled out their vintage bikes and attire and enjoyed a peaceful ride through the city. Visually, the ride appealed to Gosney.
“I thought, this is what we need around Lake Almanor,” said Gosney on her experience. “We have all this open space and beautiful views.”
The recreation department decided to start off what will hopefully become an annual event with a “Roaring 1920s” theme. In future years, the theme may change to different decades.
Participants are invited to dress up and pull out their vintage bicycles for an 8-mile ride along the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail. The bike path is relatively flat, allowing most bikes to make their way along the course.
Midway through the course, a picnic area and hot dog stand will be set up. Participants can pack their own lunch and drinks if desired.
Riders will meet up at 10 a.m. at the Almanor Recreation Trailhead on Highway 89 across from Humbug Road. For more information, contact Michelle Gosney at 519-3879 or go to yourarpd.org.