Saturday, 19. December 2015, Portland, 2015 Oregon Winter Solstice 200K

Event description
Join our group of hardy randonneurs on our 3rd annual all-night 200K to celebrate the longest night of the year!

We'll begin gathering at 5pm for pre-ride socializing and coffee injection. We will depart promptly at 6pm on a route that will first head west to North Plains, and then turn south on mostly quiet back roads all the way to McMinnville. The ride returns the way it came. Bonus 1.5 mile gravel section in each direction just to keep you awake.

At the ride's midpoint we will once again enjoy a wonderful meal at McMenamin's Hotel Oregon. This meal is INCLUDED in the ride fee, which is expected to be ~$15 per person. This meal will be pre-arranged and waiting for us when we arrive. Expect a selection of meat & veggie pizzas, tots, soft drinks and coffee.

Our ride will end to coincide with the opening of Fat City Cafe in Multnomah Village. This is not included in the ride fee, but we hope folks will stay and share tall tales of the night's adventures.

Group riding at an inclusive pace is HIGHLY encouraged. In the previous two years, we all arrived in McMinnville together in ~5.5 hours. 45-60 minutes at McMenamin's for dinner. We've typically broken into two groups on the return trip. Group riding promotes safety in numbers by making the riders more visible, and is WAY more fun that trudging along in the dark and (maybe) rain all alone.

Decorating one's bike in Christmas lights is also recommended. We've found that motorists and pedestrians alike have been very friendly in both years, with many positive comments about our bikes. Perhaps the lights bring out the Holiday Spirit in our non-riding neighbors?

Please note that you MUST be a member of Randonneurs USA to participate in this ride, which is being organized as a group permanent.

More details to come as the date approaches!

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