Saturday, June 9, 2018

2018 PKR - One week to go

Look for frequent updates via this site and Facebook this week as we lead up to the 16th. Here's what we have for your weekend.

Maps have been updated and the route will be completely marked by Sunday. Any changes to the route that we have to make on the fly due to road closures and such will be reflected on the online maps. Once the route is marked this weekend, we are not going to do a second drive of it. If something gets paved over, you'll need to survive by your wits, good looks, and natural charm. Route marks are the usual yellow arrows.

The big daddy had gone a little soft the last few years. In 2018, PKR management got him squared away and he's standing straight and tall once again. 77 miles and 5,000 feet of vertical. A few things to note:

Number one. Gravel returns at mile 50. Route 3234 south of Mohican is a generally smooth gravel / dirt combo. It's hilly and two miles. It's also impossibly lush and beautiful. People riding the John Holmes need to leave their 21c tubulars at home. Be prepared.

Number two. Holmes also hits the covered bridge road and over Pleasant Hill dam for the first time. There's water at the dam and also the Mohican campground.

Number three. The JH splits from the Full Pecker at Wheatcraft and Hazlett. The split is marked on the road.

Grillmaster Grandpa Jess and his lovely assistant Roxie will be attend this year. He plans to be as grumpy as always.

If you would like to bring a covered dish, we will gladly accept. Salads, pasta salads, and other post-ride fuel is always popular. If that isn't your thing and you want to show up with a side of beef, we'll figure it out.

I have a new garage fridge cause I am "full-on middle age guy", so we can handle more beer and cold stuff on the covered dish side of things.

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