[ORRando] Abridged pre-ride Report. Blue Mountain 1000K
vsikorski at bendbroadband.com
Thu Jun 3 09:48:35 PDT 2010
I rode the Blue Mountain 1000 with Kole Kantner, John Pearch and the
other Vincent over this past Memorial Day weekend. Even though I live
in Central Oregon, I am always impressed with the beauty and quality
of riding in Central/Eastern Oregon. John Kramer has put together an
incredibly splendid route. For the most part the road surfaces are
great and vehicle traffic low to non existent. You are probably at
greater risk of being hit by an animal than a car on this ride. On a
fast descent on Twickenham Rd (after Mitchell), a deer jumped off of a
cliff above me. As I was descending about 30 mph, an adult mule deer
landed on the road about 10 yards in front of me. All four legs
collapsed as it skidded across the wet road on its belly. When it hit
the gravel side of the road, it jumped up and kept running. Must have
been some predator chasing after it.
There is a section of gravel patched road on a descent between
Mitchell and Fossil. I believe most riders, if not all, will ride
through that during daylight. There are paved sections that you can
wind around and avoid the graveled sections. John did a great job
with listing availability of food and water on the route sheet. If the
support on the main ride is half as good as the support that John and
Eric provided to us this weekend, everyone is going to be pampered.
Thanks, John and Eric.
I don't believe any words (or even photos) could adequately describe
the beauty of this ride, so I am not even going to try. Needless to
say, If you enjoy long fast descents, you will be all smiles. If flat
straight roads bore you, you won't be often bored.
I will warn you about the three rabid animals that you are likely to
encounter. The first, Wind, will be playful at first. Don't trust him.
He will viscously turn on you before the end. Second is Hill. She will
nip at your heels for much of the ride. She has a keen sense of fear.
Display any fear to her and you will be devoured. Lastly, the most
rabid of all is Heat. Fortunately for us, rabid animals are known to
avoid water. The rainy weather we encountered kept Heat hidden in his
burrow. If the sun comes out, you would be well advised to carry lots
P.S. My Garmin registered 35,833 feet of climbing.
More information about the ORRando