[ORRando] DAIRY CREEK RESIDENT comment RE: [SIR] Brew Pub Populaire Recap

Susan Otcenas susan at teamestrogen.com
Mon Mar 19 11:53:23 PDT 2012

As Asta & I were leaving our post up at Greener/Tile Flat, a gentleman
in a pickup truck stopped to speak with us.    He was very nice and very
calm.   He identified himself as owning most of the property up around
that intersection, and mentioned his sister owned one of the roadside
houses as well.    I thought he was going to say we were trespassing,
but he confirmed that we were on the public right of way where we set
up, and that we were not in the way of traffic.   His one concern was
the amount of public urinination observed.   He welcomed the riders up
there, and had no trouble with us using that spot as a control, but he
strongly encouraged that we consider renting a port-o-potty for the day
if we want to use that spot as a turnaround.
Honestly, I can't blame him.  Asta and I witnessed MANY riders, all
male, pretty much just whipping it out at will all along the roadside up
there, without any regard for public (in)decency or the feelings of
property owners upon whose property they might have been urinating.   
I recognize that there are budgetary constraints involved that may make
such a rental impractical.  Nonetheless, I think it is something we
should consider if we want to retain the goodwill of the property owners
at frequently used locations.   At the *very* least, we should be
bringing up this issue at the the start of the rides, asking people to
use some discretion and to wait until they can find a public restroom
whenever possible.   I don't mean to be sexist, but I rarely see female
riders exhibiting this behavior.   If we can hold it until we find a
restroom, so can the men.
Susan Otcenas
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From: seattlerando at googlegroups.com
[mailto:seattlerando at googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Thomas Durkin
Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2012 3:38 PM
To: orrando at orrandonneurs.org; SIR
Subject: [SIR] Brew Pub Populaire Recap

Broken clouds and mild temperatures welcomed the Oregon and Washington
riders who registered with Susan France for the Brew Pub 100km Populaire
on St. Patrick's Day. She really enjoyed talking with new and
experienced rides alike as they finished paperwork and availed
themselves of the fresh coffee and Syndawg treats. A prepared randonneur
offered a spare helmet to a rider who came without. 

Forecast precipitation was absent as 51 riders rolled out from the
Cornelius Pass Road House. There were 3 late registrations including one
who was at the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove looking for bikers! They
finally got going by 8:15 toward Dairy Creek and the first control at
Snooseville. There Susan Otcenas offered her fabulous baked treats to
keep riders well fed, and Asta Chastain served up hot drinks just in
case the weather turned cold. On the windy descent a generous randonneur
provided a spare tire to Mark Schneider who blew out a sidewall earlier.

Andrew Black provided more sustenance and encouragement at the Secret
Control at St. Francis Cemetery on Wilkesboro Road. He waited for the
riders with the tire issue to pass through. The Killin Wetlands
overflowed Cedar Canyon Rd. with a couple of inches of water from the
heavy rains earlier in the week, but this did not deter the riders.  The
Coast Range was hidden in roiling storm clouds most of the day. The
south wind that last week's pre-riders experienced increased through out
the morning, making tough going into Forest Grove and the open control.
Maggie's Buns did a brisk business today and thanked everyone for
stopping by.

Familiar Dairy Creek had an unforeseen flood that did not present on the
pre-ride. The creek was at least a foot deep as it flowed over Susbauer
Rd on the return leg at 87km.  Early riders pressed on regardless, and
rode or walked the 100 meters of flowing water. The later groups were
redirected to Wren Rd and Susbauer Rd., and arrived at the final control
with dry feet. Philippe Andre enjoyed talking with all the finishers and
masterfully completed all the paperwork for riders to earn their
Populaire Pins. Finally, the Cornelius Pass Road House offered a menu
featuring hot Irish fare and special St. Patrick's Day Stout to the
celebrating riders.

Thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered or contributed to the
success of the first Oregon Randonneurs event of 2012.

Please contact me directly if you generously loaned equipment so we can
make arrangements, and if you own the shoes or headlight that were left
at the final control.

See you all at the Molalla Foothills 200 March 31st, starts 07:00.
Register now here! <http://www.orrandonneurs.org/bin/brevet_register> 

Tom Durkin

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