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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:27 pm
by suziqt
T&P taking away from the CO experience? Hmmmmmmm, I don't need (nor want) to stomp the grapes, just drink the wine! :lol: SuziQT :lol:

Tent & Porter vs. Do it yourself

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:13 am
by bfuller24
Last year was my first CO and I did Tent & Porter. This year I wanted to try the do-it-yourself method. Both have merrits. T&P frees up some time, eliminates the challenge of finding a site, and frees up some space in your bag. Do-it-yourself allows you to locate with friends or in remote and more private places but requires the effort to pack and unpack a tent each move. This whole line of conversation about which is better and the snobbery/reverse snobbery tone that sometimes seeps into the posts reminds me of Dr. Suesse's SNEECHES and their stars. We are all cyclists doing a very challenging event and, by day 3, I find all of us (wealthy, old, young, fit, poor, tall, short, fat, fast and slow) stripped of our distinguishing markings and made into the great unified tribe of cyclists trying to get through each day and enjoying the support, smiles, and good will of each other and the staff/volunteers to have a great time.
I am positive that Cycle Oregon touches our lives and those of almost all that cross its path in such a life affirming way. I really think this is one of those events that opens our eyes to a differnt and better way of living. I hope it continues long after I am able to do it.

Brad "still enjoying the buzz" Fuller

BF

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:18 am
by suziqt
Very well said Mr. Fuller!!!
SuziQT :wink:

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:49 pm
by Force 5 Robert
Ditto Brad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:11 am
by willsd
The porter tent service filled up in a week, long before Cycle Oregon was full. So many people who signed up didn't even have it as an option. I ended up not doing Cycle Oregon (I'm not sure if I would have signed up for this year's ride without the porter tent service since it was such a difficult route).

For me, I prefer the porter tent service, since being one of the slower riders, my husband and I have limited choice of places to put our tent and are way in the outskirts of camp, and thus have long walks to the showers, food, etc. I don't mind if the porter tents are close together (from the Cycle Oregon's I've been on, they're lined up nicely with a wide walkway along the fronts of the tents). The tents are way too close together where people pitch their own as well, IMHO. For me, I simply don't like walking among the tents that people pitch themselves since I'm always tripping over the tent strings (at night it becomes that much more difficult). My husband and I don't ride with a team where the fast members get to camp first and get a good site and save space for everyone else. Plus the tents they use for the porter tent service are twice the size of ours, and very nice.

When I come in from a long ride, the last thing I feel like doing is pitching a tent (that takes almost a half hour), and the last thing I feel like doing in the morning when we get up for a long ride is to take down and put away the tent (that takes even longer). We could get a much earlier start if we didn't have a tent to deal with.

In the future, when I do Cycle Oregon, I'm going to pay for the porter tent service.