Ride: Olney-Gothic Logger
Organizer: David Parsons, Ed Groth
Date: July 14, 2012
Start Time: 6:00am
Registration Time: 5:00 am - 5:45 am
Entry Fee: $15
Start Location: Cathedral Park, St Johns, Portland, OR, Cathedral Park is under the east end of the St. Johns Bridge.
The ride gathers under the Gothic bridge supports of Cathedral Park in St. Johns, and then heads over the St. Johns bridge. We north on Highway 30 for a few miles, and then climb Newberry up to Skyline where scenery will be seen and rollers will be ridden. After the info control at Rocky Point Road, check your brakes and then descend to Highway 30 a few miles outside of Scapoose. This is a good place to grab snacks and fill your water bottles, since the next food stop is Birkenfeld store.
We follow the scapoose vernonia highway until its intersection with 47. For those who are into that kind of thing there is an parallel gravel road with a fun caveat. Email edward.groth at gmail.com for more information on caveat traversal.
Then we follow 47 and 202 alongside a river and among ranches tree farms and old logging villages. There is a control stop the the Birk store with their friendly staff, delicious sandwiches, motorcycle and logging memorabilia, and impressive liquor selection.
202 leads us to the turnaround of Olney, which now a days is a general store about 10 miles shy of Astoria. If you have a couple extra hours on the clock, and you wish to earn the "Goonies Prize", go ahead and leave the route here to check out Astoria, and rejoin the route on the way back.
On the return route we pass through the small town of Vernonia then coast down a rail trail to Banks. Water and restrooms at the Banks trailhead or you can continue on to the Thriftway grocery store a mile down the road.
Then we take Mountaindale road and Old Cornelius pass. After a few miles on Skyline and a descent of Germantown road (be wary of a few sharp turns), cross the bridge and meet back in Cathedral park.
TBD cue sheet (PDF) TBD cue sheet (XLS)
All riders should be familiar with and abide by rider expectations.
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