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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:55 pm
by Jackson
I want to hear yours following this years event. Here's another one of mine.

I know her as Fort Rock Marcia. Never did get a last name.

Using the forum, a rider was complaining of the fact the CO does not do PB & J sandwiches on the ride. Although I never did meet this person, I came equipped with a cutting board, gloves, whole wheat bread, crunchy peanut butter and grape jelly. (their choices not mine, I prefer strawberry jam).

We had arrived late to the lunch stop neat Fort Rock about and hour and half outside of La Pine. When we arrived at the lunch stop there was 10-15 riders who had not had lunch. The lunches were gone, however we were prepared. It was not your usual lunch but the PB&J, trail mix and juices we had on board were a big success.

Once these riders had continued on, there was a single bike remaining but no rider. We cannot continue until all the riders are accounted for. This particular ride (Marcia), had convinced a local volunteer to drive her out to Fort Rock from the lunch site. She then had a private tour of the rock from the park ranger since the visiting hours had ended before her arrival. The volunteer that took her out, also waited for her to finish and drove her back to the lunch site where we finally met.

Having already loaded her bike on the van, she had no choice but to join us for a drive. It took us nearly an hour to catch the last rider driving at posted speeds less than 10 minutes from the course closure just outside of La Pine.

That was a pretty good experience from my point as I still remember it today. However, that wasn't the end of Marci's story. The next day, we saw Marcia again. Just off of Hwy 97 or 197 heading into Antelope. Her and a group of friends past our count point. As they did, we noticed that all of the riders (4-5) had pulled their cycling shorts down and mooned us as they passed.

Not to be outdone, we moved positions a couple miles down the road and were in position when they passed.

I ran in to Marcia a few years ago at a rest stop. She has a photo of the two of us, only no faces were present in the shot.

Have a safe and memorable journey out there.


Re: Stories

PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:13 am
by lars
Your story reminded me of this event. It wasn't on Cycle Oregon but....

While living in Neuchatel, Switzerland, I rode with the local bike club. One of our favorite routes was a loop around Lac Neuchatel. Just about exactly 100 km.

On one Saturday afternoon five of us were nearing the end of the ride. We were on a slight descent on a section of road headed straight at the lake with a fantastic view of the Alps beyond. There wasno traffic on the road but a young lady wrapped in a towel was at the best view point and a guy was lined up to take her photo (turned out to be video) with the lake and Alps as background. Just as we reached them the guy shouted out an "all clear", the girl dropped the towel as she spun around to face the camera revealing that she was stark naked. Obviously she did not to see five cyclists trying to maintain some concentration because there was a momentary hesitation. But as we cheered and waved she got into the moment, smiled and waved.

I often wished I had a copy of the video. The Alps were truly stunning that day.

Re: Stories

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:25 pm
by dougnlis
Jackson - let's hear your near-finishline story from yesterday.
You were a champ all week, as usual. Must have put a bit of a strain on.

Re: Stories

PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:47 pm
by Jackson
Are you talking about my run down and back on the bike path to assist with a rider down or the one of me near the finish line being assisted by the medical team? Didn't follow my own advice and drink enough water. After my run, I couldn't catch my breath and became dizzy. Medics ran all sorts of tests but in the end, 3 bags of saline did the trick. A special thanks to all that assisted me at the finish.

Re: Stories

PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 4:48 pm
by Jackson
From a rider stand point, other than the fact that we didn't make it to Halfway and then over to Joseph, could you tell? Each changed route required permits, a different set of volunteer groups and set up of new camp sites. Luckily for us, we were able to reuse the plans for both Farewell Bend and Baker City. The new route on Day 6 was put together on the fly. Trickiest part from the volunteers was communication. Just like with the course and communities, communication and dead spots are tracked from early on. Several trips are made during the year to work out the details. This now needed to be done (by volunteers) while the ride was still operating. If you happen to run into Rox or Robin Heath, please congratulate them for a job well done.

Re: Stories

PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:47 pm
by raftersteve
Was at Bob's Burgers in Baker City on Saturday.

There was a gal there from the local High School volleyball team. She was extremely excited about getting $1200 for her team from volunteering at the event. Additionally the farmer who rented CO the field for long term parking received $1200 and he was donating it to her team as well.

So nice to see the impact CO is having!!