[ORRando] Grab Bag 200/300 preride notes and updates

Thomas Durkin durkintj at gmail.com
Fri Feb 4 21:00:09 PST 2011

Bon Route

On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM, Marcello Napolitano <marcello at napolitano.com
> wrote:

> I uploaded the updated route sheets for the Grab Bag 200k/300k brevet.
> For a link to the route sheet, and maps of each loop (and GPS files, if
> needed) go to http://www.napolitano.it/2011/01/winter-grab-bag/
> The only significant change to the route was in Newberg at the end of
> the first loop, where the roads have changed in the 4 years since we
> last used this route.
> Please note that next to the Dairy Queen in Sheridan, there is a drive
> through espresso that also serves some food. For those who would rather
> not go to the DQ, there is an option.
> Pre-ride notes: The first loop was my favorite one. I have done North
> Valley road from Newberg to Forest Grove countless times in the past few
> years, but I never get tired of it. From Forest Grove to Sherwood, we
> ride mostly on rural roads through Washington County farmland. Sherwood
> to Newberg is the only significant climb of the day, and adds some
> forest and valley views to the mix. The second loop starts with a long
> section along 99-W to Lafayette, where the shoulder is usually wide, but
> in need of repair and cleaning. Then it continues around McMinnville
> along some suburban areas to the north of the city. Once you pass
> McMinnville, you get into gentle rollers along rural roads, which was my
> favorite part of the loop. I stopped at the drive through espresso that
> is next to the Dairy Queen in Sheridan, chatted with them for a while
> and had a hot cocoa while I put on my reflective gear for the night.
> Back on flat, rural roads to Dayton, and then again on 99-W. The
> shoulder on 99-W is just as bad on this side, and for me there was the
> added bonus of riding on it at night. I was glad to get to Newberg. The
> final loop is a night time ride through the French Prairie area, to
> Silverton and back. Fast, flat, quiet roads. My longest night ride so
> far this year. Everything was closed when I got to Silverton, but I plan
> to have a staffed control after 10 PM at the Silverton Subways. Overall,
> I really enjoyed this ride, but 300k was more than my body was ready for
> this time of the year.
> Overall, I would estimate the elevation at about 5000 feet for the 200k
> route, and 6000 feet for the 300k route.
> I look forward to seeing many of you this weekend. We have almost 30
> riders signed up, it should be a great day.
> --
> Marcello Napolitano
> marcello at napolitano.com
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Thomas Durkin M. Ed.
Department of Biomedical Informatics and Epidemiology
Oregon Health and Sciences University

durkintj at gmail.com
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