And here we are at September. Various plans were made for reasonably epic weekend riding, but life happened for several of the participants, so that did not happen. But Michal had a new permanent that only he had ridden, and he and Lesli come up to Portland so often to ride... Time to return the favor.
The drive down took a bit longer than planned - never, ever try to drive out of Portland to the south on a late Friday afternoon. It took over an hour to get from my house to Wilsonville, a drive which normally takes about 20 minutes. South of Wilsonville the traffic started moving a bit more. Other than that, an uneventful drive, and I arrived at Michal and Cyndi's in time for a very yummy dinner.
Up at 6am for a 7:30 start. Yummy breakfast (homemade yogurt!), too, and wonderful cappucino! At 7am we headed out to the start point. Downhill. Very downhill. It was a bit chilly. I was wearing arm and knee warmers, and a vest, and I still shook the whole way down. Got to the start, bought a scone (which I surely didn't need after breakfast :-) ) and waited a bit for Lesli. She showed up, also bought a scone, and a kind patron snapped a picture of the three of us.
7:30, off we went. Bike path for much of the way out of Eugene, over some bridges, a pause at Armitage Park, then east on McKenzie View out and back to Walterville, familiar from the OrRando 400k this spring.
Some discussion about the info control; we hunted around for more things to ask questions about. Sometimes zipties go missing.
Then north, climbing Marcola. A pretty gradual climb until, to quote Lesli "there is a pimple at the end". Heart rate hit 185. Not my max by any means, but I don't always enjoy it. Wonderful descent down Brush Creek, and then into Crawfordsville. We stopped at the market, and Lesli got a corndog. I got something to drink, and crunched on some chocolate that was in my bag. By now we were quite close to 100k, and would complete that first 100k in under 5 hours.
Off to the nice rolling road between Crawfordsville and Sweet Home. No cars, but a couple of horses. Lots of farm animals. Popped out at the other end, and headed off to climb Fern Ridge. The temperature was definitely climbing by now, as were we. 1.8 miles up, average grade 7%. Ow. Starting to look for Heidi and her goats. Michal and Lesli are stronger climbers than me, and I definitely appreciated them pausing from time to time for me catch up.
Fun downhill, and into Sweet Home. We stopped at the Sweet Home grocery; I consumed some chicken strips, jojos and a V8. It was getting hot. I was also taking Endurolytes every so often. Then the familiar Pleasant Hill/McDowell Creek Rd stretch, other roads I recognized from the fleche in 2007, and eventually into Lebanon. Another food stop - I just got things to drink and a banana and started working on that scone, but Lesli and Michal bought sandwiches. A gent sitting outside with his Great Dane wanted to know how many k we were riding. No one asks how many k; they always ask how many miles. From here we were now riding south, and the wind would now mostly be at our backs. Yes.
I guess I was pretty salt-covered. Michal and I dumped cold water on each other. Riding out of town that felt really, really, really refreshing.
Twelve miles or so along, we arrived in Brownsville. Rode through the old downtown, which was new for me and pretty cool, and then stopped for ice cream. Michal called home to find out that the power was out. Oops. It was supposed to be back on pretty soon; we could only hope.
One last climb, Gap Rd. Not as long as the other two, but some nasty 9-13% bits at the top. Again, Lesli and Michal waited, with a nice view ahead. The valley, which had been so green in November was now late-summer golden-brown. Fun descent with a couple of bumps, then pretty flat for the last 19 miles, mostly with a good tailwind. There was some conversation going on at the corner of Coburg Rd; I went on. They'd catch me. The temperature was slowly dropping.
Through Coburg, one last pause at Armitage Park, then into Eugene. I suppose I should have been paying attention to the cue sheet, but by now I was baked, and just following them in. Nice stretch on a great bike path along the river, a couple of turns, and we were on Chambers, counting up the streets until 18th.
And then, done. Third R-12 complete. R-24 done :-)
But yet, not exactly done. Remember that hill we rode down to get to the start? There is a reason Michal is such a strong climber; he winches himself up that hill every day. About a mile, average incline 8%, max incline 14%, 450 ft climb. Took it very slowly. One stop at a stop sign, one stop because I needed a pause.
For the perm, 11:35 total elapsed time, 132.4 mi, 14.5 moving avg mph, which is a pretty good pace for me on a rando ride.
And the power was back on.
All the pictures here