Well, as we all know, My plan this year was the RAMROD (Ride Around Mt Rainier in One Day) for July. I joined the lottery last month, and I was waiting for the reply…. Well today I got this
Thank you for your interest in the 2013 RAMROD. We are sorry to inform you that your entry was not selected in the lottery. Your credit card has not been charged the balance of the registration fee.
The response was overwhelming! Over 1,000 were not selected in the lottery and are now moved to the Wait List.
Your current position on the wait list is 407. We have a link to the wait list on the RAMROD website. Please keep checking there to see your place on the wait list moving down and to determine your odds of getting in.
If your initial wait list number is 100 or less you can be very sure you will have a chance to ride. Between 100 and 200 your odds are still good. Above 200 the odds will depend largely on factors such as perceived weather conditions the day of the ride.
CRAP!! OK, time for plan B. There was a second ride I wanted to do this year, but without any vacation time, I would not have been able to do them both. This one allowed even fewer riders, so I was sure I was aced out. So I accessed the Crater Lake Century, and damned if there wasn’t still room! Out came the debit card and I am signed up!
For those of unfamiliar with Crater Lake I am taking this from the Century rides website:
The deepest lake in the United States and the 7th deepest in the world is located in the northern part of Klamath County and was chosen as the site of the century ride because few places on earth command overwhelming awe from observers as Crater Lake does. Even in a region of volcanic wonders, Crater Lake can only be described in superlatives. Stories of the deep blue lake can never prepare visitors for their first breathtaking look from the brink of this 6 mile wide caldera which was created by the eruption and collapse of Mt. Mazama almost 7,000 years ago. Even seasoned travelers gasp at the twenty-mile circle of cliffs, tinted in subtle shades and fringed with hemlock, fir, and pine: all this in a lake of indescribable blue. For more information about Crater Lake , go to www.nps.gov/crla.
Now, this is a century instead of the 150 miles of RAMROD. But this is no slouch!
The Century Ride
Century Riders (100 miles) will start at the Fort Klamath Museum on Crater Lake Highway (Rte 62) at 4,000 ft elevation, and will enjoy the first 35 miles along the valley floor of the Wood River Valley with breathtaking views of the surrounding Cascade mountains with old growth forests. This will be a nice warm up for the 3,000 ft climb to the Crater Lake Rim. Once reaching Crater Lake Rim and getting your first view of the brilliantly blue, awe inspiring Crater Lake, Century Riders will continue another 30 miles of peaks and valleys for an additional 3,000 ft of climbing around the lake on Rim Drive. Then riders will enjoy the ride back down to the Wood River Valley and will end the ride with 8 miles of flat roads back to the Fort Klamath Museum.
OK a 3000 foot climb and a total of 6000 ft of climbing means its mountain training time! I will be road tripping down to Enumclaw for a trip to the top of Chinook pass and back a few times when it gets warmer, as well as the two Century Rides I have already lined up.
I am excited about this ride. I have ALWAYS wanted to see Crater Lake, but somehow have never gotten there in all my travels in Oregon. I am also a National Park Geek (as well as many other kinds of geek) so I get a passport stamp every time I go to one.
We have booked a place in Klamath Falls for Thurs-Sat. This means we travel there on Thursday, drive the route, get my stamps, take pictures and walk around in the park Friday, then get to sleep close by Saturday night!
Rest assured I will be signing up for RAMROD next year again (the year I hit 50!) but now I know what I am training for this year! Sadly, its been raining non-stop today, so time to go out to the shed for an hour on the rollers!
This stuff just got real this year!