Imagery on the farm

We had great weather for our School Food Tour photo shoot at Bella Organic Farm on Sauvie Island. The Island is a small pastoral paradise just outside of Portland, Oregon. As I drove away from the hustle and bustle of the city and headed out into farmland, my mind’s frenzy of School Food Tour to-dos quieted to a simple appreciation for everyone who continues to support this project. Green space and fresh air really can bring about new perspectives and feelings of serenity.

The shoot was super fun and totally made me feel like a movie star. I can only imagine that given the amount of physical exertion ahead of me, I’ll have many days where I don’t feel at my most attractive so it was especially nice to let me girly side shine bright. Erik Urdahl from Urdahl Photo was fantastic to work with; he and his assistant Kate were totally on top of things and adapted to the ever-changing light conditions like the pros that they are.

Stay tuned for some great images!

The Portland Bicycle Show

I can’t imagine a city that loves its bikes more than Portland, Oregon. Its two-wheeled (and sometimes three!) pedaling obsession was proudly displayed this past weekend at the Portland Bicycle Show. While I entered the show a bit groggy from my early morning drive with a sick dog and multiple pit stops, I was soon swept up in the energy of the event and was chatting up a storm. As I grabbed a Clif Bar sample, the energetic guys from Ruckus Components tagged my coffee cup with a sticker and I was off in a flurry to the next booth in line.

I attended the show with dual purposes. My role as School Food Tour ‘Spokes’woman allowed me to connect with many like-minded folks and I was pleasantly surprised with how many attendees were very interested in both cycling and good food.

Along with promoting the School Food Tour I was also there as an ambassador of People for Bikes and spent my days collecting signatures, handing out buttons and spreading the good word of bike love.  People for Bikes is working to gather one million signatures of people who are ‘for bikes’ – unifying cyclists and leveraging our collective voice in Washington DC.  This great program is an initiative of Bikes Belong, a national bike advocacy organization. If you haven’t done so yet, please sign the pledge!

It was a fantastic two days of bike-related celebrations and cycling gear. There really was something there for everyone – children and adults alike had smiles on their faces. A few other photos from the weekend:

There was a freestyle area:

A test-ride track:

Ryan Leech gave an amazing trials riding demo:

Family fun:

More photos here.