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    Oregon Bicycle Ride 2015

    Registration for the 2015 OBR opened on Dec 16. The ride looks fun and challenging this year, starting and finishing in Roseburg, over to the coast and down to Gold Beach, then back over the Coast Range to Roseburg. Seven days of riding (no layover days) and fully supported.

    Bicycle Rides Northwest | Oregon Bicycle Ride

    They also are doing a ride in eastern Idaho this summer, details on their website.
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    Wow, people pay a grand to have someone else carry their stuff and plan a route. I like that on several levels.

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    An yet OBR and Cycle Oregon sell out thousands of registrations in hours, or a few days. Must be some value that you are missing B.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
    An yet OBR and Cycle Oregon sell out thousands of registrations in hours, or a few days. Must be some value that you are missing B.
    +1. Four-time Cycle Oregon participant. It's taken me some places I almost certainly would not have discovered on my own. No regrets whatsoever spending the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    Wow, people pay a grand to have someone else carry their stuff and plan a route. I like that on several levels.
    You're missing out on a deal, by putting on your Ice Cream Century for free!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
    An yet OBR and Cycle Oregon sell out thousands of registrations in hours, or a few days. Must be some value that you are missing B.
    I get the value and I like the notion of supported tours. They're not my cup of tea, but I am very, very pleased that they exist. The more the merrier. I'm sure many thousands of people learn the joys of daily rides away from the usual annoyances due entirely to these outfits. Also, I have known more than a few tandem riders who only have performance tandems who would be loath to ride in the middle of nowhere (otherwise known as our back yards, Shifty) without some sort of support. Those Rolf tandem wheels do have a nasty way of failing at just the wrong time.

    I guess my sort-of joke about the grand created the impression that I don't support this type of riding. Sorry about that. Ride on.

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    Wow! That route is almost exactly the same route I planned out for a trip I was going to do last summer. The biggest difference was I was planning on using the Roseburg to Coos Bay wagon Road which includes 15 miles of gravel. I assume they are using Hwy 42.

    (I ended up not riding that route because my planned riding partner bogued out on me)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbud View Post
    Wow! That route is almost exactly the same route I planned out for a trip I was going to do last summer. The biggest difference was I was planning on using the Roseburg to Coos Bay wagon Road which includes 15 miles of gravel. I assume they are using Hwy 42.

    (I ended up not riding that route because my planned riding partner bogued out on me)
    I'm kind of hoping the looks are deceiving and they have some alternate to Hwy 42. It's just not a very pleasant experience to ride on that piece of roadway. Of course if they do the police escort thing that Cycle Oregon does, that may keep the Coos County riff-raff under control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    I'm kind of hoping the looks are deceiving and they have some alternate to Hwy 42. It's just not a very pleasant experience to ride on that piece of roadway. Of course if they do the police escort thing that Cycle Oregon does, that may keep the Coos County riff-raff under control.
    I believe I did discover mention of a way to make it to Coquille that begins on the Roseburg to Coos Bay wagon route, but veers off to the north before the gravel stretch. It does involve quite a bit more elevation gain and route finding to avoid the gravel. The more I think about it, the more I think this is the way they'll be riding.

    Here's the link. It's the Burnt Mt. Route mentioned on the bottom of the page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbud View Post
    I believe I did discover mention of a way to make it to Coquille that begins on the Roseburg to Coos Bay wagon route, but veers off to the north before the gravel stretch. It does involve quite a bit more elevation gain and route finding to avoid the gravel. The more I think about it, the more I think this is the way they'll be riding.

    Here's the link. It's the Burnt Mt. Route mentioned on the bottom of the page.
    That looks much better than Hwy 42. Hopefully, that's the route they are going to use. That said, I kind of like riding our gravel roads, if only because they have such low traffic levels that I encounter more cougars than cars and I find cougars to be safer to share the road with than many of our motorists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    That looks much better than Hwy 42. Hopefully, that's the route they are going to use. That said, I kind of like riding our gravel roads, if only because they have such low traffic levels that I encounter more cougars than cars and I find cougars to be safer to share the road with than many of our motorists.
    I've only encountered cougars once - where do you find them in such abundance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    I'm kind of hoping the looks are deceiving and they have some alternate to Hwy 42. It's just not a very pleasant experience to ride on that piece of roadway. Of course if they do the police escort thing that Cycle Oregon does, that may keep the Coos County riff-raff under control.
    Timing is everything B., and the devil is in the details. The ride on Rt 42 will be on Sunday morning, with the majority of the riders on that road between 7:00 am and noon. There is not a much better time to ride anywhere than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    That looks much better than Hwy 42. Hopefully, that's the route they are going to use. That said, I kind of like riding our gravel roads, if only because they have such low traffic levels that I encounter more cougars than cars and I find cougars to be safer to share the road with than many of our motorists.
    Amen. I love riding behind locked forest road gates. Though I haven't seen cougars whilst riding, only coyotes and bob cats. Deer, of course, and sometimes elk. I'm sure the cougars saw me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
    I've only encountered cougars once - where do you find them in such abundance?
    The coast range west of Eugene has them in abundance. When I lived there I had a regular fourteen mile loop along a ridgeline and then back along the Siuslaw river. One fine day, I only walked a third of the way around and then turned for home. On the way back, I came across a freshly killed elk that wasn't there when I went out. The prints in the mud indicated that it was killed by a cougar, who was likely still very close by.

    Even though I have since moved to town, I regularly go for rides of 200-400 km out in those hills. We know them locally as the O&C lands, so named for the Oregon and California Railroad Company that never built the railroad. The federal government eventually took the lands back under BLM control. As per railroad land grants, the BLM has a patchwork of land intermixed with private land and US Forest Service lands. I can ride for over a hundred miles without seeing anyone on my choice of paved roads or gravel. The quality of riding available in the O&C is why I stayed in the Eugene area. It's much better than anything else I have ever found.

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