I drove into town and parked at a Park & Ride for the TriMet (which is apparently a no-no...the park & ride is only for riders of the TriMet), and biked to one of the starting points, Kenton Park. There was a lot going on there, though much of it was geared toward children (like a bouncy castle, an obstacle course, and a splash pad). I checked out the vendors, like the Royal Rosarians, and then headed down the path to the next park.
Each of the parks had its own set of activities. from breakdancing competitions to yoga to Zumba to concerts. If you really had the energy to spend a full day doing it, there were plenty of things to do to keep it going from 10am - 4pm before they opened the side streets to traffic again. Of course, I wasn't really prepared for all that...I was just there for the bike ride. Next time, I will prepare a little better and try to enjoy it more. There will be a next time...this was the second Sunday Parkways of five, each taking place in a different part of the city. I will definitely try to make it to the last three, if I can -- it helps to get to know the city a little better, gets me some much-needed exercise, and is fun!
The last park I visited was my favorite. They had a large rose garden in the center of a fairly large park. This park also seemed to have the most vendors, and the most activities. I wandered around the rose garden for a while and checked out some of the vendors here before heading back to my car.
By the end, I had gotten a second wind, so I took advantage of the downhill slope back toward the Park and Ride to push myself, and got the bike up to 25mph for the first time...hopefully, I'll be able to get into good enough shape that becomes a more regular occurrance.