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Old 08-21-09, 11:01 PM   #1
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Update for the Oregon Clyde/Athena ride (input needed)

I have kind of let this slide a little, but September 5th is getting closer, and I need some input for those who wish to go on this ride. We have plenty of space left and would love to have anyone else who would like to come join us. Friends and family welcome to join in of course. I have a proposed route of 41.5 mile with 2 rest stops planned. There is 585 feet of climbing, and Mrs. Hill-Pumper has said that she is willing to run support if needed. HERE is a link to the route that I have chosen, but I can change it if we would like to do more mileage (or hills). So, any thoughts/input would be appreciated.

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Date: September 5, 2009
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Sounds like a great ride H-P, but you're not going to tackle a ride over to Corvallis to climb Mary's Peak? Brings back great memories of my undergrad days at OSU, when my main mode of transportation was a circa 1970 Schwinn Varsity. Enjoy the ride and here's hoping you have good weather!!
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It's funny that you mention Mary's Peak, I was just considering a ride there yesterday. I need to find a route that does not use Highway 34 to get there. It is far too narrow with to many log truck using it. I have considered driving to the base and riding to the top. I may start a another tread when/if I make my plans to ride it.
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Agreed, Highway 34 is pretty much a white knuckler - the drive to the base, ride to the top idea sounds like a good option if you have the legs (and lungs) to do it. If you do decide to ride it, make sure you take and post a lot of pictures. I'd love to see it!!
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I'm still in. The northern sections near the river should be really nice (I've only driven through the area). Was the final decision to do a group no-drop / casual ride?
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I'm in and I hope it is a no drop I will most likely be everyone's anchor
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Still in too.
I may bring Jane along if she does not have to work.
9:00 sounds fine, 40ish miles are good, as long as there are stops for water.
Will keep in touch
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I'm thinking a no drop casual ride would be best. After hammering out my last century and being worried about pace, I think that I missed so nice scenery. I have ridden this loop quite a bit, but it always beautiful. There are a couple points of interest along the way that we can stop at too.
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Almost forgot, we are meeting at the Albany K-Mart parking lot. There is an old abandoned gas station on the north end of the lot. We will meet behind the station and walk our bikes across the street to Waverly Park and start the ride from there.
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5 days and counting!
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I did a pre-ride check of the route Sunday. The ferry will be running and no constuction detours, so all looks good at this point. My bike computer puts the route at 1300 plus feet of climbing. I did check out one little store that I think we will use as a second rest stop. They have water and fruit available, plus a restroom for us to use. So, bring a few dollars for such things. Mrs. Hill-Pumper is going to meet us at the first rest stop with water, bannanas and makings for PB&J's. We will only be 13 miles in the course at that point, but I want everyone fueled up before we hit the hill section. My wife will be available and "on call" for any other issues that we might have. So, hope to see everyone on Saturday morning.
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Yeah, what Mr. pumper said, I and my support team will be there! Hope to see you there too!
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How much is the ferry?
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Just an up date. Local weather is forecasting rain in the valley on Sat. I am assuming since everyone lives in Oregon that this is no biggie. Just confirming though.
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I still plan an being there. Remember this ride was first inspired by the Hill-Pumper All wet Metric
, so it is fitting that we do the first Oregon Clyde ride in the rain.
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Like I said, we all live in Oregon. It started to rain big fat drops last night on my my home. Than it started to rain in a down pour. It's the third time this year. I still have not put a jacket in my bag since it has been so warm. There was also some lighting last night, but no ware near me. All in all I love riding in the rain at midnight. The smell is delicious, and it is so quite. I can wait a little loger for the nights where it is forty degrees with wind and rain though.
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All right everyone, tomorrow is the big day. It promises to be the typical Oregon ride with rain and whatever else it decides to do. I will be sending all those that have confirmed a private message with my contact information. If anyone else would like to join in, please send me a PM so I can give you my information. Also, remember to give me an emergency contact either by a PM or with you to the ride. Other then that, I am finishing up some ride details and will see everyone there.
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