Hood to Coast 2011
Due to the sorting yard is being used again to process logs, the Hood to Coast Relay has been rerouted to go past our house this year. They did this one year a long time ago and it wasn't a pleasant experience at all. I was expecting an onslaught of vans with shouting passengers and horns a blaze, but fortunately all traffic was diverted in another direction and all we had was the sounds of heavy breathing and foot falls.
It was amazing that there were people running by at 6:30 in the morning while I was tending the horses, and there were still people running by at 6:30PM.
Not seeing any vehicle traffic, I was lulled into thinking it was safe to drive into town and once I got to a relay point at the grange I saw the Hood to Coast traffic jam with grotesquely and garishly decorated support vans. It appeared that all 1250 vans were stacked on Lewis and Clark Road.
By the way the entry fee is $1320 per team of runners and $888 for walkers.
This made me wonder about creating a new event where we forget about the runners and charge people to grotesquely and garishly decorated their vehicles and drive really slowly for two days. Instead of going from Mt Hood, let's make it Astoria to Brookings where we can totally clog Hwy 101 with gas guzzling vans with rude drivers and passengers that shout, race their engines, honk their horns and urinate on the side of the road. It will be a 362 mile parade of the best Oregon has to offer.