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Overlooking the Columbia River at Rest Stop #2

This year I had a couple of my riding buddies from Utah come out to join me on this event, Lasse and Craig from Cedar City. This years ride followed Marine Drive along the Columbia River before turning onto the Columbia River Historic Highway. We chose the 80 mile route this year and avoided some of the major climbing but we still had a pretty stiff hill to conquer on Louden Road (at 12% plus). Descending on Larch Mountain Road brought us to our spectacular rest stop and viewpoint shown above, after which we descended back to the Sandy River. A little more route finding brought us to the Springwater Corridor we followed back through town. The weather started a little cool but warmed to the mid-70’s by noon. Winds were pretty light but always seemed in our face whichever way we turned.

 

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This is usually a ride that I enjoy but the route is different each year so you never know how it will be. I have a couple of complaints about this years event but they are minor. First, the rest stops were understaffed which led to some shortages of supplies. The rest stops overall were not as well done as in years past and the variety of foods was poorer. Secondly, the Springwater Corridor which I have enjoyed riding in the past, has become quite unpleasant with large concentrations of transient camps. The second is actually a Portland problem and not the events fault, but it is an unfortunate consequence of inaction on the issue.

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Again this year I rode my 1998 De Bernardi which is a joy to ride. With Italian steel and full Campy you just can’t go wrong!

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