Sunday, September 29, 2013

Scavenger Hunt 200k Pre-Ride Notes

Kevin Lais and I pre-rode the Oct 5 Scavenger Hunt 200k in astoundingly cr@ptastic weather, just so you don't have to.

Current Oct 5 forecast

The route is a derivation of my Beaverton-Hagg Lake-Carlton perm.  If you want to see pictures, go here.  It was raining and blowing too hard for me to take any.

But anyway, the ride...

We are starting at Jim and Patty's Coffee in Beaverton on SW 117th.  Please park on the street, if you plan to park at the start, which is not exactly the same as the finish.  More on that later.  Wonderful coffee there, but the service isn't instant.  Get there a bit early if you want to enjoy your Black Tiger Slammahamma with a Pig Newton (available in veggie).  

Black Tiger SlammaHamma

Pig Newton

It should be noted that the Beaverton Transit Center is one block to the west, for those of you in Portland who aren't inclined to climb over the hill that early in the morning.

You will work your way west and north, including a brief bit on the Rock Creek Trail off NW Evergreen.  There is a new signalized crossing at the trail, so it will be easier to find than before.  Shortly after that you'll turn onto NW Cornelius Pass Rd, and turn left onto NW West Union.  The left onto West Union wants you to cut over a right turn only lane well before the light, so be alert there.

Now you are outside the Urban Growth Boundary, and it is all pretty for miles and miles and miles.  I am trying to remember if there is anything special I should tell you here, but there really isn't.  The info control at St Francis also has flush toilets in the building past the church.  There is a donation box for restroom supplies, since every cyclist in the area stops there!

Kevin and I dragged some big storm blow-down off the Hwy 6 shoulder for you.  Of course, there may be more by now.

My recommendation for the Forest Grove open control is Maggie's Buns.  It can get busy, but they often have a day old baked goods bin that is much better than it sounds.  There is also a convenience store.  We stopped at Maggie's, and got our sticky bun (split between the two of us, they are huge) to go, but enjoyed some coffee while waiting for it.

Now off to Hagg Lake.  You'll pass the Lake Stop Store at the corner of Old Hwy 47 and Scoggins Valley Rd, if you forgot anything from Forest Grove.  There is also a portapotty outside.  After suffering your way up the first ramp at the lake, enjoy the ride around it!

You'll pass the Lake Stop Store again on your way back out, just in case...

Construction detour, already on the cue sheet.  Don't be tempted to head south on Old Hwy 47, because, at the moment, there is no bridge over Scoggins Creek.

There is a store in Gaston if you need anything.  Heading east on Main St, we saw a big tree down, but we could easily ride around it, and it will probably be cleared away by Oct 5.

The route to Carlton may be familiar from the Wine Country Populaire.  We were Ever So Happy to get to Carlton, because it is 81 miles into the route, and, for us, it was 81 miles of heavy rain and headwinds.

After Carlton, it is possible there will be no services until mile 116, 36 miles down the road.

From Carlton, you head east, and the road keeps changing names, but eventually you'll end up on Kuehne Rd, and the familiar left turn (caution!) onto Ribbon Ridge.

North on North Valley and Spring Hill, right on Fern Hill, right on Geiger,  and you will pop out on Golf Course Rd, just south of Cornelius.  If you are really desperate for something, you can turn left and get something from the Plaid Pantry, a bit north.  But your route lies the other way, along with more info controls.

At the end of Golf Course, the Forest Hills Golf Club *may* still be open.  They've got a water fountain and a snack bar and bathrooms.  The golf course looked pretty flooded yesterday, so they weren't open.  Continue straight on Tongue Rd.

Crossing Hwy 219 - you'll turn right onto Hwy 219, and take the first left turn.  There is a protected left turn lane.

The next timed control is at SW Borwick and SW Baseline.  I usually stop at the Jackson's convenience store at the gas station, but there is fast food and a grocery store.

Almost done.  East on SW Baseline, turning left onto SW 158th, then right on Walker.

After crossing Murray Rd (really big intersection), you will want to turn left onto SW Park Way, the second left.  There isn't a protected left here, so exercise caution.  Kevin and I had no problems getting across.

After that, it is just following Park Way (with a brief info control stop) to the top of the hill, then right, left, across the Hwy 217 overpass, taking the first right, and dropping down through the neighborhood to my house (the finish).  Black mailbox, white post, on the right, if you start riding past the guardrail, you have gone too far.

I'll try to have some balloons or something on the mailbox.  There will be hot soup, cornbread, some desserty-type thing, great company, and such at my house afterward.

You are welcome to get a shower and change clothes, as well.

Now, if you wanted to park on my street and ride to the start (1.4 miles, all downhill :-) ), that is a really good idea.  Directions from my house to the start:

SW 107th Ave
SW Walker Rd
SW 106th Ave
Immed R
SW Sunnyhill Ln
SW 108th Ave
SW Polsky Rd
SW 110th Ave
SW Cabot St
bc SW 113th Ave
bc SW Center
SW 117th Ave

Caution and good listening skills are useful for the left onto Walker.  Still much safer than turning right, and sitting out there waiting to turn left onto SW 108th, trust me.

Final cue sheet is here.
and map

See you all on the 5th!

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