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  • Top down - ~27 miles, I will join the "mortals"

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    MRT May 20th - Roll Call/Poll

    Less than a week away.

    Time: Meat in East Springfield 9:30 at Albertson's adjacent to McDonalds (right off highway 126 from Eugene on your way to Santiam Pass). This meating time is for the Top Down group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meat Foot
    Less than a week away.

    Time: Meat in East Springfield 9:30 at Albertson's adjacent to McDonalds (right off highway 126 from Eugene on your way to Santiam Pass). This meating time is for the Top Down group.
    I'm in, riding up and down, but I won't be waiting on the way up.
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    Richard, what time you hittin the trail?
    Start off slow & taper off from there.

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    It would be fun to meet you guys...

    But, MRT is a long way from the PDX area for me. I like it but it is a good 5 freakin' hours...and probably 60 dollars in gas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    But, MRT is a long way from the PDX area for me. I like it but it is a good 5 freakin' hours...and probably 60 dollars in gas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    But, MRT is a long way from the PDX area for me. I like it but it is a good 5 freakin' hours...and probably 60 dollars in gas.

    Jaybo
    You're welcome to carpool with me. I'm leaving PDX early to meat Meat in Salem before we continue on South. I only have a fork mount carrier on the roof, so if you have a thru-axle or a Lefty (ahem Greg ) bring a converter, I'm already going to have one disassembled bike in the back.

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    I will be on the trail by 8:30am, it only takes me about 2 1/2-3 hours at the most to get up the trail.

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    sounds good

    Sean,

    What time are you leaving on Saturday? Shoot me an email and I will pay for part of the petro. Are you coming back that day?

    Appreciate the offer,

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    Top down time

    How long does it take to ride the top down? Will this be a balz to the walz ride down, or a ooh ahh the views ride down?
    Only reason I ask, is that I've never been to MRT, and just want to know if I should bring camera or not. Don't wanna be holding the crew up for my photo ops!

    Muchos garcias,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker75
    How long does it take to ride the top down? Will this be a balz to the walz ride down, or a ooh ahh the views ride down?
    Only reason I ask, is that I've never been to MRT, and just want to know if I should bring camera or not. Don't wanna be holding the crew up for my photo ops!

    Muchos garcias,

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    I'll go ahead and call the ooh-ahh ride down. I've never been down there either and if it turns out to be a nice day, I'd like to have the opportunity to snap some photos. If people want to haul down the trail (I'm getting the idea that hikers may potentially put a damper on hauling anyway) I'll ride with the slower folk, because I'm a slow folk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    Sean,

    What time are you leaving on Saturday? Shoot me an email and I will pay for part of the petro. Are you coming back that day?

    Appreciate the offer,

    Jay
    PM sent though I think I neglected to answer your questions.

    I'm leaving at whatever time necessary to arrive in Salem around 8AM. It's going to vary depending on whether you come to meet me, or I pick you up.

    I'm definitely coming back on Saturday.

    I sent you contact info in the PM. Get in touch with me and we'll get scheduling worked out.

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    Richard, I think I'm gunna hit the trail about 8 am. Give myself a bit more time to be at the top by 11. See ya on the trail.
    Start off slow & taper off from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge
    ooh-ahh ride down.
    That is fine with me. I will wear my long black socks, hounds-tooth bucket hat, and wear a camera around my neck. I hear the tourist look is in!
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    I'll 3rd that one the ooh-ahh ride down, defiantly bring your camera and plan on the guided tour from a few know-it-all locals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meat Foot
    That is fine with me. I will wear my long black socks, hounds-tooth bucket hat, and wear a camera around my neck. I hear the tourist look is in!
    Why wear anything else but long black socks? They never show dirt
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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge
    Why wear anything else but long black socks? They never show dirt
    They are all the rage!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge
    Why wear anything else but long black socks?

    Maybe Smudge is looking forward to seeing Meatfoot's 1/2 a foot of meat, but I would prefer if he would wear shorts along with those black socks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Maybe Smudge is looking forward to seeing Meatfoot's 1/2 a foot of meat, but I would prefer if he would wear shorts along with those black socks.
    This is a rare occasion that I laugh out loud at work. Good one Sasquatch and right on the money.

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    huh...

    Quote Originally Posted by smudge
    This is a rare occasion that I laugh out loud at work. Good one Sasquatch and right on the money.
    Funny/sad, I laugh at my coworkers all the time. I'm not convinced they like it though. Maybe it's the pointing and name calling they don't like though...

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    Oh, sh!t, this thread is going sideways!

    I better yank the poll out of this thread. Muuha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Maybe Smudge is looking forward to seeing Meatfoot's 1/2 a foot of meat, but I would prefer if he would wear shorts along with those black socks.

    who knew a three pack of socks was needed?

    seriously though- can ayone beam me and my bike up there for these festivities? I have a MRT need.

    maybe MRT will be needed again around fall BC time...

    thanks for the laughs as well on this post!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowSSer
    who knew a three pack of socks was needed?

    seriously though- can ayone beam me and my bike up there for these festivities? I have a MRT need.

    maybe MRT will be needed again around fall BC time...

    thanks for the laughs as well on this post!
    Oh, anytime! I am glad I can be the source of amusement.

    In Fall, we should scope it out as a Friday ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meat Foot
    Oh, anytime! I am glad I can be the source of amusement.

    In Fall, we should scope it out as a Friday ride.
    fine by me! ill be there with bells on.

    maybe ill also bring a bob trailer for required refreshments

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Maybe Smudge is looking forward to seeing Meatfoot's 1/2 a foot of meat, but I would prefer if he would wear shorts along with those black socks.
    Ummmm, Sas, you see it says Meat Foot. By definition it is a foot long. It is like when you go to Subway sandwiches and you order a "foot long" the don't give you 1/2 a foot and call it good. They give you the whole enchilada baby.
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    What the...

    Quote Originally Posted by Meat Foot
    Ummmm, Sas, you see it says Meat Foot. By definition it is a foot long. It is like when you go to Subway sandwiches and you order a "foot long" the don't give you 1/2 a foot and call it good. They give you the whole enchilada baby.
    Where the hell did you find foot long enchiladas? Now I'm hungry, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meat Foot
    Ummmm, Sas, you see it says Meat Foot. By definition it is a foot long. It is like when you go to Subway sandwiches and you order a "foot long" the don't give you 1/2 a foot and call it good. They give you the whole enchilada baby.
    And do you remember how it is that women have been fooled into bad math? It's a foot long, baby, really!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudflaps
    And do you remember how it is that women have been fooled into bad math? It's a foot long, baby, really!
    Just like fishing stories. I am not making it any easier. I'll be in the corner if anyone needs me. Thanks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudflaps
    And do you remember how it is that women have been fooled into bad math? It's a foot long, baby, really!
    That's why I always use the metric system.

    "Why you disappointed baby? I said 14 CENTIMETERS!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meat Foot
    Less than a week away.

    Time: Meat in East Springfield 9:30 at Albertson's adjacent to McDonalds (right off highway 126 from Eugene on your way to Santiam Pass). This meating time is for the Top Down group.
    I rode with Zak last night on the Wednesday Nighter... he said he plans to join y'all Saturday, too........

    FWIW I'll be there in spirits.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge
    "Why you disappointed baby? I said 14 CENTIMETERS!"
    OK, beer up the nose. Hadn't heard *that* one before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    I rode with Zak last night on the Wednesday Nighter... he said he plans to join y'all Saturday, too........

    FWIW I'll be there in spirits.....

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    This rain came at the perfect time, just in time to settle the trail dust and firm things up a little bit. Tomorrow is suppose to be partly cloudy and 70 deg in McKenzie Bridge, no rain in the forecast but bring those jacket's just in case

    I hope everyone is still in, it's going to be a great day for riding a bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by General Coonskins
    This rain came at the perfect time, just in time to settle the trail dust and firm things up a little bit. Tomorrow is suppose to be partly cloudy and 70 deg in McKenzie Bridge, no rain in the forecast but bring those jacket's just in case

    I hope everyone is still in, it's going to be a great day for riding a bike.
    Keep the dust down, and maybe the hikers too! Everything will be bueno. See you near the top General.
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    shuttle, right

    So we're doing the top down, then someone's kindly shuttling us back to the ve-hicles, is that right? Haven't done this kinda mileage in some time, hope i make it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker75
    So we're doing the top down, then someone's kindly shuttling us back to the ve-hicles, is that right? Haven't done this kinda mileage in some time, hope i make it!
    That's the plan. We'll be setting our own shuttle, so we'll have to leave a car at the bottom, and drive that up to the top to retrieve the shuttle vehicles. It's about 26 miles, but if you are having trouble, there are earlier bailout options. Come out, the pace should be mellow, and you know you'll regret missing out if you don't come
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    That's the plan. We'll be setting our own shuttle, so we'll have to leave a car at the bottom, and drive that up to the top to retrieve the shuttle vehicles. It's about 26 miles, but if you are having trouble, there are earlier bailout options. Come out, the pace should be mellow, and you know you'll regret missing out if you don't come
    Cool. I will be there! i've wanted to do this trail for a few years now since seeing pics & reading about it...I'm stoked.

    I just confirmed w/ one of my good freinds he can go ... We'll be at the meeting point in Eugene at 9:30...we'll be in a Silver Subaru wagon.

    I do want your recommedation on tires--i usually run 2.35's for my usual trails...should I put my 2.1's on for tomorrow? (both are kenda nevy's) I don't wanna be pushing any more tire than I need to be for that kind of ride, ya know?

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    Which Albertsons??

    I did a search--there are 2 in Springfield....Is it the one on the far east side on Main? or the one more in the center on Marcola?

    Thanks!

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    It's the Albertson's on the far east end of Main Street, I think at 58th Ave. It is at the eastern terminus of I-105.

    Quote Originally Posted by Biker75
    I did a search--there are 2 in Springfield....Is it the one on the far east side on Main? or the one more in the center on Marcola?

    Thanks!

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    Still hurting!

    ...but in a good way

    Thanks to the fellas from DOD & others for showing us the MRT yesterday. Totally awesome trail & scenery to boot.
    And MAD PROPS to you guys who do this regularly, let alone as an out-and-back!! Just when I thought I'm getting in shape....
    You guys can crank!
    I hope to see some or all of you out @ blackrock soon so I can somewhat redeem myself I really do have some skills, just not the 5+ solid hour kind!!

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    I am doing it for the first time in a week or so. Any tips? Frankly, I have never done a ride that long I think. I do 13-14 mile length rides pretty regularly. I plan on shuttling with some friends.
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    Can you imagine...

    Quote Originally Posted by Biker75
    ...but in a good way

    Thanks to the fellas from DOD & others for showing us the MRT yesterday. Totally awesome trail & scenery to boot.
    And MAD PROPS to you guys who do this regularly, let alone as an out-and-back!! Just when I thought I'm getting in shape....
    You guys can crank!
    I hope to see some or all of you out @ blackrock soon so I can somewhat redeem myself I really do have some skills, just not the 5+ solid hour kind!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Law
    I am doing it for the first time in a week or so. Any tips? Frankly, I have never done a ride that long I think. I do 13-14 mile length rides pretty regularly. I plan on shuttling with some friends.
    Not THAT bad to do the ride "downhill". I'm at my worst fitness in many years, and I definitely had a bit of a body shutdown at about the 20 mile mark, but I wouldn't consider it to be a super strenuous ride. The climbs aren't very long or steep. There are a few techie sections and a couple of very tough obstacles. Some may argue, but I think that two laps at Brown's takes more out of you than the downstream run of the MRT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge
    Not THAT bad to do the ride "downhill". I'm at my worst fitness in many years, and I definitely had a bit of a body shutdown at about the 20 mile mark, but I wouldn't consider it to be a super strenuous ride. The climbs aren't very long or steep. There are a few techie sections and a couple of very tough obstacles. Some may argue, but I think that two laps at Brown's takes more out of you than the downstream run of the MRT.
    Sounds good. I have actually never done two laps at browns camp, but I usually do more than one lap, by adding a little bit of Gales creek.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Law
    Sounds good. I have actually never done two laps at browns camp, but I usually do more than one lap, by adding a little bit of Gales creek.
    Hey Law, figure on at least 3 hours of ride time, plus stops, plus extra time for bonking, etc... Take your time, enjoy the day and bring plenty of food and water to last most of the day. Our group took close to 5 hours with all the stopping and re-grouping to check out the scenery.

    If you go North side of Clear Lake (lodge side) you cut off about 1/2hr of ride time and some technical trail.

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    If you're going to take extra time for bonking, I hope you're wife is going along with you.

    Don't cut off the technical trail, it's a lot of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Coonskins
    Hey Law, figure on at least 3 hours of ride time, plus stops, plus extra time for bonking, etc... Take your time, enjoy the day and bring plenty of food and water to last most of the day. Our group took close to 5 hours with all the stopping and re-grouping to check out the scenery.

    If you go North side of Clear Lake (lodge side) you cut off about 1/2hr of ride time and some technical trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smudge
    If you're going to take extra time for bonking, I hope you're wife is going along with you.

    Don't cut off the technical trail, it's a lot of fun.
    Actually I am going to try and not bonk anything on that ride. Mrs. Law is not coming on the ride although she and other wifes will be coming with us on our stay in Black Butte during the coming week. There will be plenty of time for all sorts of riding

    As far as the technical part goes, there my be an intermediate/beginner rider coming, is this techinical stuff doable for someone with average skills? The extra 1/2 hour isn't a concern.
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    The technical laval through here isn't long and can easily be walked, so if most of the group is into it then go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by General Coonskins
    Our group took close to 5 hours with all the stopping and re-grouping to check out the scenery.
    Flats, mechanicals, and [gulp] crashes.


    I ate 4 clif bars and towards the end was fatigued, but not ready to eat the a$$ out a dead horse

    Law - Have a good time. Like Coonskins said, just go nice and easy, let it unfold.


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