Ride Date: Sat - Sun, Sep 8 - 9, 2018
Organizer: Susan O.
Ride fee: tbd, depending on number of riders, but probably about $25 (to help cover organization gas, an out of the way control, and a room for the overnight control in Thompson Falls).
Start location: Walla Walla, WA
Overnight control: Thompson Falls, MT
Finish location: Whitefish, MT
Start time: tbd
Finish by: tbd
Riders will be responsible for getting themselves and their bikes to and from the start and finish. We'll have a bit more detailed information later, but for now: There's an Amtrak station in Whitefish where you can get yourself and bike on a train to Seattle or Portland, and some other places too. One solution might be to catch a train back to Pasco, where you left your car, having ridden to the start in Walla Walla (about 100 km). DRR might be able to provide some limited capacity transport from Pasco to Walla Walla, depending on rider numbers, but we're not promising anything yet. There's flights from Seattle to Walla Walla Regional Airport, and to Pasco.
The overnight control will be the Falls Motel, Thompson Falls, MT. We'll have a room there for control purposes, but if you're planning on sleeping, you'll need to book a room for yourself.
There will be riding at night. All riders must be equipped to satisfy RUSA rules for lighting and reflective clothing, including reflective ankle bands. There will be a check at the start. Redundant front and rear lighting is strongly recommended. Lights must be attached to the bike at all times throughout the event and used whenever light is low as well as at night. We recommend use of lights in daytime.
Be aware that early September in Eastern Washington can still be very hot - well over 90deg F can happen. Be ready to carry lots of water. Meanwhile, Thompson Pass could be cold, wet and windy. You'll need to be prepared and carry spare layers to cover both possibilities.
There will be some long stretches without services. Please ensure you are carrying enough food and drink for your needs. Away from towns cell phone coverage may be unavailable.
There may be bears, moose, snakes, coyotes, eagles and lots of other wildlife.
There will be info controls (please have a pen).
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