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Japanese Hollow (OMTM)
March 31, 2018 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Think of it as OMTM’s ‘road ride’
It is happening this Saturday.
It’s essentially a road ride sans much pavement.
OMTM 2018 RIDE SERIES. EPISODE 3: JAPANESE HOLLOW V2
SATURDAY MARCH 31st 9am Sorosis Park. The Dalles, OR
60m // 5396ft // 70%g // 28c minimum – 35c recomended Ride With GPS route
This year the Japanese Hollow route has gotten an upgrade in the form of a new start/finish point. We’ll be kicking things off from Sorosis Park. I know… it sounds like an awkward spinal affliction of the liver, but it’s a lovely park on the bluffs overlooking the scenic and historic The Dalles, Oregon!
We will be running roughly the same route as last year which is paraphrased below:
The course climbs south on Skyline through cherry orchards and Garry Oak into the expansive rolling hills of Dutch Flat before corkscrewing down into Upper Fivemile valley. Dipping into the edge of the Mount Hood National Forest, the route climbs out of the Upper Fivemile via NF4431 though dense clusters of dry Ponderosa Pine and snowmelt runoff creeks. From here things descend back into more exposed rangeland via Jewel Road before veering right down into the valley along Walston Grade and 8 Mile Road then onto Japanese Hollow. Japanese Hollow is a lush agricultural valley narrowing as it climbs west along the drainage to intersect Pleasant Ridge Road. Another rollercoaster gravel descent brings it back to tarmac for a short bit before hanging a left to follow Pleasant Ridge for the last winding gravel climb of the route. Pleasant Ridge snakes back down into the Dalles through a satisfying series of tight banked curves and dreamy hairpin turns.