The map is near its final incarnation. Three desires created changes: (1) making sure our check points were valid and realistic locations for people to go in the event of a disaster. This first area is the reason for the map shifting east. (2) allowing for easier set up and clean up of check points and supplies. Keeping everything on the east side of the Willamette this year will help us keep the event simple. Remember, this is year one. (3) creating check points that do not interact with high traffic or complicated route finding decisions. This will support our cargo friends from out of town.
A favorite check point of mine was scouted out by Ethan Jewett. This section involves getting rider, bike, and supplies over two obstacles–rock fall and concrete barricade–as well as through a puddle and over a stretch of pitted dirt road.
The updated map of check points is below. Remember, there is not a course and it is not a race. There are check points through which all riders must go.
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One of the changes to the map is terming “supplies” and “disaster section” a check point. This way, riders do not need to think about having two different types of stops. The stops are check points.
Riders will receive a map at the time of the event. Riders may also print out a map prior to the event. The final map of check points will be set in early June. We will notify riders of “setness.”
If we are lucky, rain from previous weeks will keep the puddle full and awaiting the riders.