Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Oregon Randonneurs Summer 600km

Note - changed start location to a cheaper hotel. Corrected end time. There will be baggage transport for the overnight in Richland. And a variation in the route. See here.

Ride: Desert River 600km
Organizer: Paul Whitney (509) 438-2934
Date: Start date: Saturday September 20, 2008.
Time: Start time - 6:00am, Registration - 5:00-5:45am
Start/End Location: The Dalles, OR; Motel 6; 2500 W 6th Street, The Dalles, OR - (541) 296-1191
Finish by: 10:00pm September 21
Entry fee: $40 (+$5 non-RUSA members) - with reduction for own accommodations at overnight. Checks should be payable to "Oregon Randonneurs", also, Oregon Randonneurs membership is required for this event. You can download a membership form and bring it with you. Register Now!
See here for a listing of registered riders.
Medals: Available directly from the RUSA online store.
Route Sheet: Here

Overnight accommodations will be in Richland at the Days Inn - there will be a vehicle to take a small bag for each rider from the start to Richland, and then back to The Dalles.

The Summer 600km for the Oregon Randonneurs will start and end in The Dalles, OR - at the Motel 6. The route will head out across the Columbia, use Washington State Hwy 14 to Plymouth, WA. Then cross over to Oregon for a loop featuring the valley from Echo to Pendleton. The ride then proceeds from Umatilla to an overnight stop in Richland, WA. The next day return to The Dalles is via Benton City, Prosser, Bickleton, Goldendale and Klickitat. Day 1 has about 6600 feet of climbing, Day 2 6000 feet.

Here are bikely links for the current estimated route - a more detailed description follows.

Day 1:
Day 2:

We start in The Dalles, at the Motel 6, and head across the river to Washington State Hwy 14. A quick refuel in Roosevelt and then continue on to Plymouth:

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We cross the Columbia on the bike path to arrive in Umatilla OR. The ride then takes a loop, following the Umatilla river towards Hermiston, and then ducking into a scenic canyon from Echo to Pendleton, and then back to Umatilla.

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We cross back over the Columbia into Washington, and head up Plymouth Rd, then dive down Clodfelter into the Tri-Cities. We overnight in Richland along the Columbia river. This map doesn't show the bike path that will be used in lieu of the interstate that the map follows.

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We head back to The Dalles along a traditional Tri-Cities training route - to Benton City and then the Old Inland Empire Hwy (the Yakima on the left, Basalt on the right) to Prosser. Bask in it. Then along the Yakima river for one last moment before heading up and over to Bickelton, Goldendale, Klickitat and The Dalles.

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Cecil Anne said...

An 8:00 PM finish? Don't we get 40 hours for a 600? Wouldn't that make it a 10 PM finish on Sunday? (Says the woman who will need all 40 hours . . . )

Paul Whitney said...

Woops - I must have muffed the arithmetic. I'll need the full 40 also.

Anonymous said...

Nice route submission. Your route has been certified as RUSA Route # 676. Have a great event!

Scott Brittle
RUSA Routes Coordinator