Emerald Valley BMX – ReDiscover

Finally, a third attempt to rediscover Emerald Valley BMX race track, Eugene, OR and it was open for business: my first time riding here in 35 years.

Filming my riding experiences has become a bit of an addiction. Cherity asks, “Do you have to film every time you ride?!” Well, yes, I do! I guess, watching the playback has certain satisfaction. Then, adding music and trimming the video to make it flow and appear more dynamic is part of the fun.

Kinda funny ‘cause I thought I was gonna stomp it… but, hit my wall sooner than expected. Quite the workout. Shout out to my Mom for supporting and fueling a love for BMX. For several years, in the early 80’s, racing here on Thursday night and Saturday mornings was a pretty routine thing. The parentals carting me and other kids from Veneta/Noti back and forth to Eugene.

Throw back to 1984. Emerald Valley BMX race track. Riding provided me a sense of autonomy very early on. I can remember sitting on my bike at the corner of our neighborhood and draping the comics section of the newspaper over my handlebars. Something about the bike… Go time!

Now an Olympic sport, BMX seems a lot faster than I remember. Asphalt berms. Super flow. Seems like other O.M. are back in the saddle these days like Kirk Linder who we idolized as one of the cool kids back in the day.

Thanks, Mom! #bmxforlife


Ride the Dirt Wave

Next regional meeting (TBD). Next NEWTS local meeting (TBD).

“Ride the Dirt Wave – The Oregon Coast as Premier Mountain Biking Destination” was a breakout strategy and brainstorming session at the 2019 People’s Coast Summit. The event is organized and hosted by OCVA – Oregon Coast Visitors Association.

Gabriel Amadeus Tiller one of the sessions moderators summed up the goals of the meeting: Working towards a unified coastal mountain biking recreation destination. How can the different trails coexist and craft a full Oregon Coast experience? How do groups that are geographically hundreds of miles apart work together?”  (Check out this PDF from the meeting)

My plan is to take this concept and vision back to our local trail building organization (NEWTS) Newport Trail Stewards. As the NEWTS move closer boots on the ground trail work in Newport we need to ask ourselves if and how we fit into the regional picture. Do we want to identify Newport’s trails as one of many trails people would choose to experience as they explore the Oregon Coast? And, what exactly will those trails look like?

In Lincoln County and Newport we’ve got a lot of work to do.  But, we have a blank canvas – that’s exciting! How will we shape and implement our future?

Next steps? Would you like to build local trails and/or participate in the regional discussions? Attend a NEWT meeting or social.
(https://newportnewts.org/) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1037019643094571/?ref=bookmarks)

OCVA will be hosting another meeting to continue the regional discussion. I’ll post that here and on NEWTS Facebook.

In the video above…  Moderators/Presenters: Gabriel Amadeus Tiller, Co-founder of Limberlost, Gabriel Amadeus – Creative Strategy, Oregon Timber Trail Project Manager.  Harry Dalgaard, Director, Regional Cooperative Tourism Program Travel Oregon and Vice President, Timber Trail Alliance

If you are interested in being part of this concept – I will continue to post about it on Ocean18.  I imagine OCVA will develop a resource page at some point (https://visittheoregoncoast.com/)  You can contact their Coastal Detestation Coordinator – Jesse Donlin – as well.

Interested in how OCVA fits into the bigger picture as a regional tourism partner.  I interviewed Jesse recently.