The Cider Ride

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Rediscover our region as it’s been transformed by autumn at the 2019 Cider Ride!

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This ride will take you through the woods on Maryland’s beautiful trails —a whole new world, accessible by bike, and right in your backyard! Three route choices mean you can ride for 10, 30, or 55 miles, enjoying fall-themed treats at pit stops along the way.

Check-in for Cider Ride is at Dance Place (3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017). Check-in opens at 8:30 am, but the specific time will vary by route.

All routes end at Dew Drop Inn in Brookland (2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017). Join us there for a post-ride celebration!

As one of WABA’s Signature Rides, the Cider Ride helps further WABA’s mission and impact. The ride embodies the spirit of community and inclusion that is core to WABA’s mission of growing bicycling throughout the region. And, your registration fees support WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible around the region!

Choose from one of three routes:

  • Honeycrisp Route (±50 miles)
  • McIntosh Route (±30 miles)
  • Candy Apple Route (±10)

Final routes for 2019 will be available to ride registrants the week of the event.

Routes from the 2018 Cider Ride are below. The 2019 routes will be similar but not the same.

Registrants will receive a link to the 2019 routes (ride with GPS, GPX, TCX, and Google Maps files) the week before the event. Cuesheets will be given out at ride check-in.

2018 Cider Ride Honeycrisp Route —2019 Route will be posted week of the event!

2018 Cider Ride McIntosh Route—2019 Route will be posted week of the event!

2018 Cider Ride Candy Apple Route—2019 Route will be posted week of the event!


Fine Print

The Cider Ride will take place rain or shine. There will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event, even in the event of inclement weather. Helmets are required for all riders.

You must be a current dues-paying WABA member to participate in this ride. Each WABA member is allowed one non-member guest only. Children under 12 may join you at no additional cost. You can become a member with your registration below or at waba.org/join!

Do you need accommodations to make this ride accessible to you? Contact Anna McCormally at events@waba.org.

Read our FAQs below for more details!

Volunteer

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a supported ride?

The Cider Ride is an unsupported ride. You will need to follow a paper cue sheet and there is no SAG vehicle. If there is a medical emergency, call 911. Ride marshals will be on the ride to assist with minor repairs, and WABA staff will be on-call to respond as we’re able. Ensure that you have a loaded Smartcard, cab fare, charged phone, and/or a friend or family member who can pick you up in case you cannot complete the ride.

Is there a cutoff time for riding?

Since this is an unsupported ride, we will not cut you off. However, the pit stops have closing times. If you like to take rides more slowly, we suggest showing up at the beginning of check-in so that you have the maximum amount of time to ride.

Will roads be closed to cars during the ride?

No. You will be riding on roads with other vehicles during this ride. Don’t feel confident riding next to cars? Look into our City Cycling classes to increase your comfort level! (They’re free for WABA members!)

Will I get a refund if it’s raining?

No. The Cider Ride is a rain or shine event!

Is the Cider Ride a fundraiser?

Yes! Signature events, like the Cider Ride, are the only rides we hold for WABA members that cost money. All proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. Don’t know much about our work? Read about our advocacyeducation, and outreach work.

Can I apply for a scholarship for this ride?

Through our Free Ride Fund we provide free rides to community members who could otherwise not participate. This is one way that WABA is making sure that bicycling in the DC region is accessible to everyone. If you want a free ride, or, if you want to donate to the Free Ride Fund but already registered, contact Anna McCormally at events@waba.org.

Are children allowed on this ride?

Yes, as long as they are accompanied by an adult! Anyone ages 12 and under can ride for free, accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult must be present at check-in and give the names of the youth riding with them. Children 13 and older must be registered independently.

Where are the cue sheets?

Riders will receive access to online files of the route the week leading up to the event, and a paper cue sheet at check-in.

Do I have to stop at stop signs?

Yes. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but, through participating in a WABA ride, you are setting an example for bicyclists. We ask you to please ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all the ride participants and other trail users. Stop at all red lights and stop signs. Always yield to pedestrians. Use hand signals when turning. Communicate verbally with other riders. Do not ride more than two abreast, and do not take up more than one lane of travel. When riding on sidewalks, trails, or paths, be cautious when passing other trail users and slow down.

How do I ride in the city?

To get familiar with riding in the city, take a WABA City Cycling class (free for WABA members)! You can also find video tutorials on city cycling on the League of American Bicyclists’ website.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. WABA’s insurance requires it. This is standard for organized rides across the country. Learn how to properly fit your helmet here.

Is the route signed?

No, but we do our best to make the cue sheet clear and comprehensive. We know that some of the trails have some tricky turns, so be prepared for those. If you get lost, you can check the map, google it, or hang out for a few minutes and see if you can connect with a rider or marshal who is familiar with the area.

I already registered but want to go back and register a guest. How do I do that?

Please email events@waba.org or call 202-518-0524 x218. Or, you could ask your guest if they want to register and purchase their own WABA membership: look at all the benefits!

Can I take shortcuts?

Of course! There are many places throughout the ride where you can skip a few miles if you’re tired. Furthermore, there’s no shame in bailing out early. You should do however much of the ride you feel good about—don’t push yourself to ride until you’re not having fun.

Can I change which route I signed up for?

Yes! Just show up at the correct start time for the route you’d like to ride. You can decide to ride any of our available routes!

Will there be marshals?

There will be ride marshals. They will be wearing vests with numbers on them. Marshals are WABA volunteers that are the first line of response in incidents that involve ride participants and be an avenue of communication between ride participants and WABA staff members. They are as new to the route as you are, so don’t treat them as ride leaders: read your cue sheets! The numbers on their vests allow you to identify them: if you see a great marshal, be sure to tell us in the post-ride survey!

How many people will do the Cider Ride?

We typically sell out our rides at 700 registrants.

Do I need to register separately if I plan to ride a tandem bike with someone?

Yes. All adult individuals must be registered.

When is the next WABA signature ride?

Our next signature ride will be in Spring 2020 – more soon!

Got another question?

Send us an email at events@waba.org or give us a call at (202) 518-0524 x218.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Gold Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsors:

Ward 8 Community Ride

We’ll be riding in Ward 8 and Ward 6 taking a closer look at bicycle infrastructure. We plan to talk about routes and road safety along the way. A plus? Finding good cycling friends, too! 

The routes is 12 miles – but you’re welcome to join us and ride less! We’ll be riding by the Anacostia Metro Station, Navy Yard Metro Station, and many free Circulator bus stops. 

The pace will be casual and this is a no-drop ride – meaning we’ll all stick together! Ward 8 is hilly, we’ll walk some hills! 

Need wheels or a helmet? We got you! Request a bike or e-bike! Helmets are required on this ride. 

Please bring a water bottle and any snack for yourself!

The 50 States Ride

The 2019 50 States Ride is over! Thank you to everyone who came out to support WABA. Our next event is the 2019 Cider Ride on November 2nd—registration will open in September 2019.

Presented by Signal Financial Federal Credit Union

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50 States riders at Eastern Market

This bucket-list ride sells out every year. The 50 States Ride is an urban adventure by bicycle, and a crowning achievement for many area bicyclists. It can be a tough ride, but with good company—and, you have the chance to make friends in every state! This ride is a community event where riders encourage one another and share in the feeling of biking through our nation’s capital.

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As WABA’s biggest event of the year, the 50 States Ride helps further WABA’s mission and impact. The ride embodies the spirit of community and inclusion that is core to WABA’s mission of growing bicycling throughout the region. And, your registration fees  support WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible around the region!

Choose from one of three routes that take you all over DC:

All riders are welcome to join WABA at the post-ride celebration in Adams Morgan to pick up a free treat, and swap stories of this gripping ride!

Fine Print

The 50 States Ride will take place rain or shine. There will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event, even in the event of inclement weather. Helmets are required for all riders.

You must be a current dues-paying WABA member to participate in this ride. Each WABA member is allowed one non-member guest only. Children under 12 may join you at no additional cost. You can become a member with your registration below or at waba.org/join!

Do you need accommodations to make this ride accessible to you? Contact Cyrus Chimento at events@waba.org.

Read our FAQs below for more details!

Volunteer

Scroll through the volunteer jobs below to find one that works for you. If the timing works, feel free to sign up for more than one!

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I registered for the 50 States Ride?

All registrants receive a confirmation email after they complete registration online. If you personally registered but have not received a confirmation, please check your spam folder, then email events@waba.org to confirm your registration.

What’s included with VIP registration?

All the usual good stuff (including lunch) plus:

  • Exclusive 50 States Cycling Cap—not available any other time!
  • Expedited VIP morning check-in with VIP wristband
  • Special breakfast treat from Peregrine Espresso and Sugar Shack Donuts to get you ready for the ride
  • Free beer at the post-ride celebration!*

*You’re a grown up. We know you can handle this, but please drink responsibly.

Is this a supported ride?

The 50 States Ride is an unsupported ride—we will not have a SAG (Support And Gear) van to pick you up during the ride. If there is a medical emergency, call 911.

There will be ride marshals along the route to ride with you and guide you in the right direction. (There are a LOT of turns, though, and you should plan to miss a few!) There will also be paper cue sheets and turn-by-turn Ride with GPS directions available. Ensure that you have a loaded Smartcard, cab fare, charged phone, and/or a friend or family member who can pick you up in case you cannot complete the ride.

Is there a cutoff time for riding?

Since this is an unsupported ride, we will not cut you off. However, the pit stops have closing times. We suggest showing up at the beginning of check-in so that you have the maximum amount of time to ride.

Will roads be closed to cars during the ride?

No. You will be riding on roads and trails with other vehicles and users during this ride. Don’t feel confident riding next to cars? Look into our City Cycling classes to increase your comfort level! (They’re free for WABA members!)

Will I get a refund if it’s raining?

No. The 50 States Ride is a rain or shine event!

Is the 50 States Ride a fundraiser?

Yes! Our signature events, like the 50 States, are the only rides we organize for WABA members that cost money for members. All proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. Don’t know much about our work? Read about our advocacy, education, and outreach work and keep up to date on our latest projects on our blog.

Can I apply for a scholarship for this ride?

Through our Free Ride Fund we provide free rides to community members who could otherwise not participate. This is one way that WABA is making sure that bicycling in the DC region is accessible to everyone. If you want a free ride, or, if you want to donate to the Free Ride Fund but already registered, contact Cyrus Chimento at events@waba.org.

Are children allowed on this ride?

Children ages 11 and under can ride for free, accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult must register themselves and the child(ren), be present at check-in with their entire group, check-in the youth riding with them, and sign a waiver on their behalf. Children twelve and older must be registered independently (at a reduced rate), and check in with a guardian who will sign a waiver on their behalf. WABA members can bring as many children as they can manage!

Will you feed me?

Riders receive snacks and water at each pit stop. There will be food available for purchase at the post-ride celebration. If you want additional snacks or meals, please plan to pack or buy them along the route. Food and drink options at local businesses along the route will be plentiful—feel free to make your own pit stops! Please note: we do not provide bottled water. You must bring your own water bottles. Restrooms are available at each pit stop.

Where can I find information about the routes?

We will post the routes to this webpage as soon as they are finalized. Riders will receive access to online files of the route the week leading up to the event, and a paper cue sheet at check-in.

Do I have to stop at stop signs?

Yes. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but, through participating in a WABA ride, you are setting an example for other road users. We ask you to ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all the ride participants and other trail and road users.

Stop at all red lights and stop signs. Always yield to pedestrians. Use hand signals when turning. Communicate verbally with other riders. Do not ride more than two abreast, and do not take up more than one lane of travel. When riding on sidewalks, trails, or paths, be cautious when passing other users and slow down.

How do I ride in the city?

To get familiar with riding in the city, take a WABA City Cycling class (free for WABA members)! You can also find video tutorials on city cycling on the League of American Bicyclists’ website.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. WABA’s insurance requires it. This is standard for organized rides across the country. Learn how to properly fit your helmet here. (We can help at check-in, too.)

I’m not sure my bike is ready for this.

We’ll have bike mechanics at check-in, who can help you get air in your tires and make any quick adjustments. Or, you can bring your bike to a participating shop and use your WABA coupon for a tune-up! Email membership@waba.org for details.

Is the route signed?

No, but we do our best to make the route directions clear and comprehensive. If you get lost, you can check the map on your phone, or hang out for a few minutes and see if you can connect with a rider or marshal who is familiar with the area.

Can I take shortcuts?

Of course! There are many places throughout the ride where you can skip a few miles if you’re tired. Furthermore, there’s no shame in bailing out early. You should do however much of the ride you feel good about—don’t push yourself to ride until you’re not having fun. Just join us at the post-ride celebration!

Can I change which route I signed up for?

Yes! Just show up at the correct start time for the route you’d like to ride. You can decide to ride any of our available routes!

Will there be marshals?

There will be ride marshals. They will be wearing vests with numbers on them. Marshals are WABA volunteers that are the first line of response in incidents that involve ride participants and be an avenue of communication between ride participants and WABA staff members. The numbers on their vests allow you to identify them: if you see a great marshal, be sure to tell us in the post-ride survey!

Should I bring a lock?

Yes. You may want to stop for more food along the ride, or spend time lounging once you finish, so you should plan to lock your bike up. (You can leave your lock with us when you check in, too, if you don’t want to ride with it, and we’ll have it at the post-ride celebration.) Don’t know the best ways to lock up? Check out this handy guide on preventing bicycle theft!

How do I get there?

The start location, Walter Pierce Park, is in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC. It is accessible by bike from the Rock Creek Park Trail and surrounding neighborhoods. If arriving by public transit, the closest metro stations are the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan station on the Red Line and the Columbia Heights station on the Green/Yellow Line (bikes are allowed on Metro at all times). There are also several bus lines that go through the area. (Find out more here.)

If you plan to arrive by car, there may be limited on-street parking available in the neighborhoods near the start, but double check any street parking restrictions. There are also pay-to-park garages located close by (find out more here).

How many people will do the 50 States Ride?

We typically sell out our rides at 700 registrants.

Do I need to register separately if I plan to ride a tandem bike with someone?

Yes. All adult individuals must be registered.

When is the next WABA signature ride?

The next rides are WABA in the Wild (register by the end of July!) and Cider Ride (November 2nd)!

Got another question?

Send us an email at events@waba.org or give us a call at (202) 518-0524 x218.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Title Sponsor:



Gold Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsors:

Ride to the new Fields at RFK

Have you seen the new playing fields and park space RFK Stadium? Join the the DC Bike Ambassador on this short and fun ride to find out what new things are opening just off one of our favorite trails.

This ride is only 3.3 miles on a paved trail. It is open to all ages and kids are encouraged to attend to experience the fun playground at RFK Fields Complex.  Bike racks are available at complex to secure bikes. We will meet at Anacostia Drive and Good Hope Road in Anacostia Park and take the Anacostia River Trail to the RFK Stadium Parking lot. There we will talk about what the new complex will provide for the community and visitors.

The Sweet Ride & Shindig

The 2019 Sweet Ride is over! Thank you to everyone who came out to ride and support WABA. You can read about the ride here.

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The Sweet Ride & Shindig, presented by Conte’s Bike Shop, is WABA’s new northern Virginia bike ride and get-together. Bring the family! It’s a bike ride, it’s a picnic, and it’s a party! You can ride, walk, eat, and/or dance—whatever your summer jam is.

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As a WABA signature ride, the Sweet Ride & Shindig helps further WABA’s mission and impact. The ride embodies the spirit of community and inclusion that is core to WABA’s mission of growing bicycling throughout the region. Your registration fee supports WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible around the region.

Additional Details

Choose from one of four routes (approximately, 5-, 15-, 30-, and 50-miles) looping around Arlington, Alexandria, and beyond! Each route will start and end at The Grounds in Crystal City, and will have at least one pit stop.

All riders are welcome to join WABA at the Shindig afterwards to pick up a free treat, meet neighbors, interact with local businesses and organizations, eat, drink, and enjoy live music!

Read our FAQs below for more details!

Fine Print

The Sweet Ride & Shindig will take place rain or shine. There will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event, even in the event of inclement weather. Helmets are required for all riders.

You must be a current dues-paying WABA member to participate in this ride. Each WABA member is allowed one non-member guest only. Children 12 and under may join you at no additional cost. You can become a member with your registration below or at waba.org/join! (Attendance at the Shindig is open to the public.)

Do you need any accommodations to make this event accessible to you? Contact Cyrus Chimento at events@waba.org.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I registered for the Sweet Ride & Shindig?

All registrants receive a confirmation email after they complete registration online. If you personally registered but have not received a confirmation, please check your spam folder, then email events@waba.org to confirm your registration.

Is this a supported ride?

The Sweet Ride is an unsupported ride—we will not have a SAG (Support And Gear) van to pick you up during the ride. If there is a medical emergency, call 911.

However, there will be ride marshals along the route to ride with you and guide you in the right direction. There will also be paper cue sheets and turn-by-turn Ride with GPS directions available. Ensure that you have a loaded Smartcard, cab fare, charged phone, and/or a friend or family member who can pick you up in case you cannot complete the ride.

Is there a cutoff time for riding?

Since this is an unsupported ride, we will not cut you off. However, the pit stops have closing times. We suggest showing up at the beginning of check-in so that you have the maximum amount of time to ride.

Will roads be closed to cars during the ride?

No. You will be riding on roads and trails with other vehicles and users during this ride. Don’t feel confident riding next to cars? Look into our City Cycling classes to increase your comfort level! (They’re free for WABA members!)

Will I get a refund if it’s raining?

No. The Sweet Ride & Shindig is a rain or shine event!

Is the Sweet Ride & Shindig a fundraiser?

Yes! Signature events, like the Sweet Ride & Shindig, are the only rides we organize for WABA members that cost money. All proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. Don’t know much about our work? Read about our advocacy, education, and outreach work and keep up to date on our latest projects on our blog.

Can I apply for a scholarship for this ride?

Through our Free Ride Fund we provide free rides to community members who could otherwise not participate. This is one way that WABA is making sure that bicycling in the DC region is accessible to everyone. If you want a free ride, or, if you want to donate to the Free Ride Fund but already registered, contact Cyrus Chimento at events@waba.org.

Are children allowed on this ride?

Children ages 12 and under can ride for free, accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult must register themselves and the child(ren), be present at check-in with their entire group, check-in the youth riding with them, and sign a wavier on their behalf. Children twelve and older must be registered independently (at a reduced rate), and check in with a guardian who will sign a waiver on their behalf. WABA members can bring as many children as they can manage!

Will you feed me?

Riders receive snacks and water at each pit stop. There will be food available for purchase at the Shindig after the ride. If you want additional snacks or meals, please plan to pack or buy them along the route. Food and drink options at local businesses along the route will be plentiful—feel free to make your own pit stops! Please note: we do not provide bottled water. You must bring your own water bottles. Restrooms are available at each pit stop.

Where can I find information about the routes?

We will post the routes to this webpage as soon as they are finalized. Riders will receive access to online files of the route the week leading up to the event, and a paper cue sheet at check-in.

Do I have to stop at stop signs?

Yes. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but, through participating in a WABA ride, you are setting an example for other road users. We ask you to ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all the ride participants and other trail and road users.

Stop at all red lights and stop signs. Always yield to pedestrians. Use hand signals when turning. Communicate verbally with other riders. Do not ride more than two abreast, and do not take up more than one lane of travel. When riding on sidewalks, trails, or paths, be cautious when passing other users and slow down.

How do I ride in the city?

To get familiar with riding in the city, take a WABA City Cycling class (free for WABA members)! You can also find video tutorials on city cycling on the League of American Bicyclists’ website.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. WABA’s insurance requires it. This is standard for organized rides across the country. Learn how to properly fit your helmet here. (We can help at check-in, too.)

I’m not sure my bike is ready for this.

We’ll have bike mechanics at check-in, who can help you get air in your tires and make any quick adjustments. Or, you can bring your bike to a participating shop and use your WABA coupon for a tune-up! Email membership@waba.org for details.

Is the route signed?

No, but we do our best to make the route directions clear and comprehensive. If you get lost, you can check the map on your phone, or hang out for a few minutes and see if you can connect with a rider or marshal who is familiar with the area.

Can I take shortcuts?

Of course! There are many places throughout the ride where you can skip a few miles if you’re tired. Furthermore, there’s no shame in bailing out early. You should do however much of the ride you feel good about—don’t push yourself to ride until you’re not having fun. Just join us at Shindig!

Can I change which route I signed up for?

Yes! Just show up at the correct start time for the route you’d like to ride. You can decide to ride any of our available routes!

Will there be marshals?

There will be ride marshals. They will be wearing vests with numbers on them. Marshals are WABA volunteers that are the first line of response in incidents that involve ride participants and be an avenue of communication between ride participants and WABA staff members. The numbers on their vests allow you to identify them: if you see a great marshal, be sure to tell us in the post-ride survey!

Should I bring a lock?

Yes. You may want to stop for more food along the ride, or spend time lounging once you get back to The Grounds, so you should plan to lock your bike up. (You can leave your lock with us when you check in, too, if you don’t want to ride with it, and we’ll have it at the Shindig.) Don’t know the best ways to lock up? Check out thishandy guide on preventing bicycle theft!

How do I get there?

The start location, The Grounds, is in Crystal City, in northern Virginia. It is accessible by bike from the Mt. Vernon Trail and surrounding neighborhoods. If arriving by public transit, the closest metro station is Pentagon City station on the Yellow Line (bikes are allowed on Metro at all times). There are also several bus lines that go through the area. (Find out more here.)


If you plan to arrive by car, there may be limited on-street parking available in the neighborhoods near the start, but double check any street parking restrictions. There are also pay-to-park garages located close by (find out more here).

Thank you to our sponsors!

Title Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsor:

Pit Stop Sponsor:

Tales and Trails: History of Anacostia Park

The ride is currently filled up – please email Ursula at ursula.sandstrom@waba.org to join the waitlist.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the WABA Trail Ranger team and National Park Service for a dynamic guided history tour of Anacostia River Trail in Anacostia Park and explore the entire history of the park from the prehistoric era to the present day. Stories of ornithologists, Civil Rights leaders, environmental activists as well as the famous and infamous make this tour one to remember!

Additional Details:

There will be ASL interpretation.

We’re bringing extra water and snacks but please bring a water bottle, helmet and a working bicycle. It truly is a three hour event so plan ahead for your food and water needs! For insurance purposes, WABA requires helmets on all of our rides. We will be in the sun for most of the ride so please wear sunscreen, dress appropriately and bring plenty of water. Bring more food if you need more to keep going before lunch.

We will be primarily on trails and this will be a no-drop social pace ride primarily focused on history. We will be starting promptly at 10:00am to make sure we end on time – lots of history to cover! We’ll also reimburse you for your usage fees if you use Capital Bikeshare for the ride.

If you are no longer able to make it, please let me know at ursula.sandstrom@waba.org. We want to make sure that all of our allotted spots are filled – turns out it is a popular ride!

Should there be substantial rain, the ride will be rescheduled.