Verboort Sausage Populaire


Ride: Verboort Sausage Populaire
Organizer: Michael Rasmussen 503-771-9502
Date: Saturday November 4
Start Time: 9:00AM Registration from 08:00 - 08:45
Start Location: McMenamins Grand Lodge East parking lot
Address: Corner of Hwy 47 and Hwy 8, Pacific Ave., in Forest Grove
Finish By: 15:40 (3:40 PM)
Entry Fee: $0, We will put out a donation can to help defer expenses. You do not need to be a member of Oregon Randonneurs for this event.
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Driving Directions: From Portland, take US-26 west to North Plains Exit 57. Following the signs to Forest Grove, turn left (south) onto Glencoe Road, follow Glencoe to the intersection of Zion Church Road (first light) and turn right. Zion Church Road becomes Cornelius-Schefflin Road. Proceed to the traffic circle at Verboort Road and turn onto Verboort Road heading west. Go one-half mile to the next traffic circle, proceeding around the circle onto Martin Street heading south. Follow to stop sign and turn left onto Highway 47/Quince Street. Turn right into the second driveway after the railroad tracks.

For a slightly longer drive, but easier route, take US-26 West to Hwy 6, follow Hwy 6 to intersection with Hwy 47 turn south and follow 47 into Forest Grove.

This populaire starts in bucolic Forest Grove and quickly enters the countryside and quiet roads of Washington County. The route heads north and east thru North Plains then on to Mountaindale. All that remains of this community is the closed and run down Mountaindale General Store. Head north along Dairy Creek Valley with its dairy farms, nurseries and rural mini homesteads. You'll turn around at the Fern Flat and Sherman Mills crossroads, site of former hamlet Snoozeville.

After the turnaround, it is a gentle downhill back to Mountaindale. Head west on back roads thru wetlands to Banks and then push on to Cedar Canyon. You leave the quiet of Cedar Canyon, head east then south on rolling terrain, skirting David and Clapshaw hills to the west and to the first timed control in Forest Grove. On the way to Forest Grove, be sure to check out Love's barn full of antlers.

The ride will finish at Verboort where you can feast at the annual Verboort Sausage & Kraut Dinner. This is just a couple of miles from the starting point in Forest Grove.

This route has much in common with the Snoozeville Populaire 2006 season opener. Mark Meininger rode that event and has a nice description.

One of the purposes of a populaire is to introduce people to randonneuring. This ride will feature checkpoints where the rider must answer a question about their location; getting a signature or receipt at a business; a staffed control with food, drink and chairs; and the ever popular "secret" control with volunteers waiting for your arrival by the side of the road.

This route has much in common with the Snoozeville Populaire 2006 season opener. Mark Meininger rode that event and has a nice description.

Cumulative elevation gain is approximately 2000 feet.

Pre-ride Report: Stay tuned

All riders should be familiar with and abide by rider expectations.

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