Organizers: Susan France 503-628-7324
Date: Sunday Mar 19
Time: Start Time: 7:30 AM Registration Time 06:30AM - 07:15AM
Start Location: McMenamins Grand Lodge
Address: 3505 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR
Finish By: 17:30 (5:30 PM)
Entry Fee: $0, Weíll put out a donation can to help defer expenses. You do not need to be a member of Oregon Randonneurs for this event.
Driving Directions: See McMenamins' website.
This populaire starts in Forest Grove and is quickly into the wetlands of Wapato dry lake bed to the south. We head south then east skirting around Chehalem Mountain to Newberg before crossing the Willamette River into Marion County. We pass Champoeg State Park and into the French Prairie area making our way to Woodburn the turnaround point.
Woodburn has many fine home-cooked Mexican restaurants in the downtown area just west of the turnaround. From Woodburn we head north towards "La Butte", a prominent feature on the prairie. The small Butteville General Store might be open, a good place for a good cup of coffee and snacks. We head right along the Willamette River east to Boones Bridge. After crossing the bridge on I-5 we are in Wilsonville, a haven for more heartburn possibilities. To the right is Wanker's Corners Pub. Pardon to our British readers, the name does not mean that here. If you are allergic to peanuts, do not go there. They serve up buckets of peanuts with the beer and Aussie decor, and the floors are not swept until the wee hours of the morn. The fish ní chips are fabulous.
From Wilsonville back to Forest Grove we travel along the Tualatin River and its tributaries using back roads. We pass via Tonquin, Sherwood, Kinton and Farmington returning from the south via Fernhill Wetlands.
After 150k, if not suffering from heartburn, you'll be ready for refueling and refreshments at the Grand Lodge. If you eat here, you can also partake of the free soaking pool. Bring a suit and towel then exchange your driverís license for a key to the pool at the front desk.
Cumulative elevation gain is not many feet.
Need more info about Forest Grove services? Check the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce website.
Pre-ride Report: TBD
You may wish to review the Map & Profile or cue sheet in XLS or HTML format.
All riders should be familiar with and abide by rider expectations.
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