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Oregon - 5th Annual Last Ride of the Year (2020 Edition)

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I don't think it's too early to start planning this. As some of you know I like to take a traditional "Last Ride of the Year" every December 31. This isn't a group ride, per se, but rather a RTE (Ride to Eat) call where we converge on a scenic location to eat food, kick tires, admire farkles, and swap lies. 

This will be the fifth time I've called this ride. This year we'll need to consider how best to do this in the Age of 'Rona. I'm confident that regardless of what's going on we should be able to have some sort of safe, socially-distanced meet up. In 2016-2018 we met at a little diner in Oceanside, on Cape Meares just west of Tillamook. Last year we met at Mo's in Florence, on the central Oregon coast. I was concerned that the southerly location would reduce our numbers, being so far from Portland. And I was right, it was just me and one other forum member. 

First question: Who's interested?

Second question: Where should we meet? Let me suggest three options, though I'm open to other ideas:

  1. Oceanside: Where we went before; it's a beautiful destination, but getting there could be sketchy if temps in the Coast Range are low. The Blue Agate Cafe is currently open for take-out only. 
  2. Newport: A longer ride for many, but it should be easy to find a gathering spot. The Rogue Brewery has a huge parking lot in a nice location, and people can go inside for food and beer if they desire. Or just eat a picnic in the parking lot. 
  3. Newberg: See See Motor Coffee Company has a coffee shop in Newberg now. Newberg isn't as scenic as the coast, but maybe this would be an easier ride for people in the Portland area. Choose your own route there and back. 

Thoughts? 

 

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I'm a definite maybe.  See See would be a logical spot and they have plenty of outdoor seating and parking.

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Yo Keithu, Sorry for the late response. I am a definite definite and all three sound good to me. Given what is going on we likely will be bag lunching it, so maybe a place with some sort of shelter --- See See in Newberg at least has tables with umbrellas, and who knows, they may be open by then? Or, if the umbrellas will be open if they are closed? 

Ocean

side has historical significance, but I can't remember any shelter except the public rest rooms.

Given the likelihood of sketchy weather, either Oceanside or Newberg are easiest for me, but I am game for whatever becomes consensus.

Thanks for continuing the tradition.

 

 

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Obviously this is all dependent on whether our Dear Leader decrees that people may gather in public on Dec 31. 

Oceanside is a nice destination but it requires crossing the coast range, which always introduces risk that time of year. I actually had to ride through snow on the way home from Oceanside in 2016, which was unpleasant. It's a nicer destination but I think more people are likely to show up in Newberg. 

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You're allowed to have up to 30 people at a funeral.  So have a funeral procession.  The dearly departed can be a poor cow in a hamburger that you will all celebrate their passing.

Chris

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20 minutes ago, daboo said:

You're allowed to have up to 30 people at a funeral.  So have a funeral procession.  The dearly departed can be a poor cow in a hamburger that you will all celebrate their passing.

Chris

Good idea, I'll start drafting the eulogy.

"Dearly beloved... we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life." 

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Ahh, Newberg, and a funeral for the outgoing year... Not a bad idea to see the old year out and celebrate the new one coming along. As I get older I try to ignore anniversaries of any kind that remind of my advancing years--- but they seem to happen anyway, so why not enjoy them with like minded nut cases that ignore terrible weather in aid of some motorcycle seat time, and the possibility of some bench racing, gawking at other bikes, and likely this year, a gourmet bag lunch.

I'm in.

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