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It ain’t over till it’s over!

This is a double century ride that I have ridden only twice before, first in 2002 and the again in 2014. I decided to head back and give it another go this year.

Loop 1, a 105 mile lap around the inland empire.

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Plan A

This ride was scheduled for Sunday of the weekend just before the 2017 solar eclipse. Portland Oregon itself was not going to be in the path of totality but at 99.1% was pretty close. The weather forecast for that day was for nice but warm conditions. All in all it looked like a good weekend for riding! It was not to be however. Just over a week before the event it was cancelled. The reasons given were twofold, smoky conditions due to wildfires in the state and a fear that eclipse mania would impact the ride negatively with traffic congestion etc. I was already in Portland so I would have to look for an alternative ride to do.

Plan B

The day before the scheduled day for the PC I jumped on my mountain bike. There is virtually no mountain biking near Portland but there is a dirt road in Forest Park that is open to MTB’s. It is a 29 mile out and back from our place and makes a nice fast cruise on the bike. There were as many people (on foot) as I have ever seen in the park but once you got away from the trail head it was better. It was a good two hour jaunt!

Plan C

Two days after the eclipse I rode another one of my favorite local rides, the Forest Grove – Vernonia 110 km perm, offered by RBA Susan France. It was another beautiful day for a ride and a great day to be on the bike. I finished the ride in just over 5 hours with virtually no traffic or issues.

The bottom line is that it was a beautiful weekend for a ride and it is a shame that the organizers decided to cancel the PC based on fears of smoke and traffic, neither one of which were present on ride day.

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This is a great route which is frequently offered by Oregon Randonneurs, but is also available anytime as a permanent. I took advantage of a beautiful day in Oregon to ride this wonderful route one more time!

 

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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 my seventh participation in the Grand Tour double century and it’s various distances. I have done the 125 mile distance once, the 300 mile distance twice and the 200 mile distance four times now. It is an enjoyable route in-spite of the many traffic lights and heavy traffic in some sections.

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Clear sailing on the wonderful Hwy 1 bike path near Mussel Shoals

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May 21, 2016

This year is my 13th participation in this event which apparently makes it my favorite double century! I first did this ride in the late 1980’s before it was part of the California Triple Crown series. This year was one of my better Davis rides, in spite of the weather.

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The second rest stop at Capell Valley Fire Station (mile 57)

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Another great Oregon Randonneurs event, this time with the added benefit of wonderful weather! OR puts together some of the best routes anywhere and this one was no exception!

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