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Old 03-25-18, 10:29 AM
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Finally the Palouse area (WA state) adventure ride

I posted this thread a few years back after riding Cino Heroica and doing a training ride in the farming country I grew up in - known as the Palouse. Three years of softball coaching took my time away from riding or doing this ride again. I'm now a backup coach and am definitely going to do this ride again. I welcome anyone to join if they want.

Ride name: Tour de Palouse (haven't been able to come up with anything better). This is just an informal and fun get together.

When: Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9 am start

Ride: Rolling mixed gravel/pavement (one downhill with some washboard) including a climb to the top of Steptoe Butte - there's a couple of steep stretches but the view is fantastic

Ride stats/route: Just shy of 60 miles, 4500 ft of elevation gain See it here

Bikes: whatever you want - vintage L'Eroica style, mtbs, modern cross bikes, etc (would recommend 28mm minimum tire width), If an mtb, you probably wouldn't want anything much wider than 2.1" tires otherwise the pavement would be pretty slow. I rode it on my PX10 and the bike did great.

Starting location: Colfax, WA, Schmuck Park

Where to stay
: There are a couple of hotels in Colfax. Pullman is about 20 minutes away and has hotels too. Spokane is an hour away.

Food: haven't given this much thought other than folks should bring their own and I'm sure I can arrange with my dad to meet us around the mid-way point for a lunch stop.

This would take care of Saturday. If folks wanted to ride on Sunday I would recommend doing the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. I will more than likely need to drive back home on Sunday afternoon or early evening depending on available vacation time.



I know there were some that expressed an interest years ago including @northbend, @Drillium Dude, @Roger M, @The Thin Man. I'm sure there were a few others but I can't remember right now.
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The date works for me; I'll tentatively throw my hat in the ring.

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I don't think that weekend works for me, but July is waaay beyond my realistic planning horizon. Should be good for weather considerations by then.
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The date works for me; I'll tentatively throw my hat in the ring.

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Same. This looks and sounds awesome.
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The date works, the location works, now as long as the body works...
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You know, that might just work for me, too. I guess fly from VA into Spokane and ship the bike ahead.
Worth it for two good days of riding with new friends...
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You know, that might just work for me, too. I guess fly from VA into Spokane and ship the bike ahead.
Worth it for two good days of riding with new friends...
What size bike? I'm sure there must be something your size here in the PNW so you don't have to ship one.
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This year's not going to work for me for a variety of reasons BUT thank you @scozim for putting yet another someday tour on my list -I do have family in Spokane and the Okanogan so I could make a trip of it. I did check Tour De Lopez off the list in 2017 so some progress is being made again the someday list, it was on there for a decade. That looks like a fun ride -enjoy,

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What size bike? I'm sure there must be something your size here in the PNW so you don't have to ship one.
No ****, right? Hell, I have a pretty good range of sizes in my living room

Just bring pedals!

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No ****, right? Hell, I have a pretty good range of sizes in my living room

Just bring pedals!

DD
Hey, I've got some inside info on Doc's frame size...



Double D, I think you two are pretty close.

And I'm tentatively in.
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I live close, I might be able to do this ride.
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I'm in! The palouse is a beautiful area for riding
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Interested! However, I can't commit at this time.
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I'll have to check my calendar. I have a piece of the rock in not far away Walla Walla.
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I'm in! The palouse is a beautiful area for riding
I figured you'd be all over this one.
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Ok - 2 months out. Training is picking up although weekend rides for me will be slim in June with weekends away for softball tournaments all over the place.

So far we have 11 either in or expressing an interest. Let's do this. If you're interested PM me your email address and I'll create a distribution list so I can email everyone with updates and hotel information in the area. We can also discuss logistics.
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I think I can swing this.
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Put me down as a maybe, summers are pretty full for me (being in the tourist hotel biz). Pics that Scott has posted in the past make me think I'd like to brave the heat and ride this thing. This sounds like more than a one-bottle ride.

I've also got a bike for Doc -- and mine's a Cannondale! But I'm sure someone else can fix him up too. I know a couple of you guys ride his size and just might have a extra bike sitting around.
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Put me down as a maybe, summers are pretty full for me (being in the tourist hotel biz). Pics that Scott has posted in the past make me think I'd like to brave the heat and ride this thing. This sounds like more than a one-bottle ride.

I've also got a bike for Doc -- and mine's a Cannondale! But I'm sure someone else can fix him up too. I know a couple of you guys ride his size and just might have a extra bike sitting around.
Heat should be ok - maybe in the 80's by the middle of the day but we're also getting an early start. I had two water bottles with me. The advantage is we'll have my dad at the half way spot with our lunches and refills for the bottles.
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I'm thinking...

could it be...

an opportunity for...

Magic Bus Redux?
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Talked to Mrs. Doc last night and confirmed that the calendar is free that weekend. I'll be there.

Appreciate the offer of a bike but will probably bring one of my own.

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I'm still working on confirming a "yes" but I'm in enough to get on the list!

I'll connect offline, Scott.
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Please put me down as a definite “maybe”. Sounds fun, gorgeous area for riding. Need to work out family commitments.
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Ok, Google group started last night for this and initial members added. Just need PM's of email addresses and I'll invite you to the group if you are interested or want to monitor how it's going.

Good suggestion on the RV ride Gugie. If you do that I would recommend the Steptoe RV Park about 10 miles north of Colfax. It's right next to Hwy 195 and nicer than the little one Colfax has in town.
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Im planning on it, hopefully riding tandem with one of my kids.
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