Ride: Screech Owl Populaire
Organizers: David Rowe 503-320-0290
Date: Saturday Apr 21
Time: Start: 8:00 PM, Registration: 07:00PM - 07:50PM. Note: all riders leave at 8:00 PM...Don't be late or no one will be there to check you in!
Start Location: St Paul, OR
Address: Church Ave. Parking lot located off Hwy 219 in downtown St Paul.
Finish By: 2:40AM … late!
Entry Fee: $0. You do not need to be a member of Oregon Randonneurs for this event.
Driving Directions:From Newberg, take Springbrook Rd south from Highway 99. Turn right on Wilsonville Road, then immediately left onto Hwy 219 - approximately 6.5 miles to St Paul.
Lighting Gear: Reflective vest or sash, and ankle bands required. Lights: check the RUSA requirements, Article 10 and note change for steady rear light.
The Screech Owl is an Oregon Randonneurs favorite that got even better this year. We moved the start to the Rodeo capital of the Willamette Valley, St. Paul Oregon. It's about 7 miles south of Newberg, and easily accessible from Hwy 99 or Interstate 5.
This year's route takes out the leg between Newberg and Champoeg, to give us a car-free ramble through the wide open skies of the French Prairie. There's a new approach into Mt Angel, and the loop back to St. Louis will introduce you to little known Gallon House Covered Bridge on Abiqua Creek. It is rumored that the Willamette Valley Screech Owl frequents this spot regularly, so make sure you have your headlamps on when you enter!
The Screech Owl is a beautiful 100K ramble - too bad it will be so dark that you can't see it! If you want to see the sights in the day-light, click here to see photos from the mapping ride. And be sure to save your cue sheet to ride it one afternoon this Summer.
If you are new to night riding, the Screech Owl Populaire is a great opportunity to road-test your lighting equipment, and to see how you handle the requirements of riding at dusk and into the nighttime. Often, riding near sunset is the most difficult as the eyes haven't adjusted to the low light conditions. Almost always, riders are slower as they perceive they are riding faster than they really are.
Even seasoned night owls love riding the Screech Owl Populaire. Cycling on the French Prairie is idyllic at any time, but at night, rolling through the open spaces of the North Willamette Valley under a wide open, star-studded sky is a wonder.
After the ride, the real night owls will be flocking to Shari's, located in Newberg at Springbrook and 99W. They never lock their doors. Breakfast or hot soup might be just what's needed.
Cumulative elevation gain is not many feet.
You may wish to review updated April 15 the Map (no profile, the route is flat) or cue sheet in XLS
All riders should be familiar with and abide by rider expectations.
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