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ART-MapChristianity talks about getting into Heaven; Islam focuses on Paradise; Buddism and Hinduism offer an ultimate reincarnation into blissful Nirvana — every major world religion offers its followers entrance into some sort of ‘Promised Land’.

Not to be overly dramatic, but I’m talking about Medford, Oregon, and a promise that if you attend the TEAM OREGON Advanced Rider Training (ART) in Medford on June 28-29th you’ll come away with increased motorcycle riding knowledge!

This is a rare opportunity for southern Oregon motorcyclists to attend a training course for experienced/expert level riders taught on the go-kart track at Jackson County Sports Park.   This is the same training that is also taught year round at Pat’s Acres in Canby, OR.

Feedback on the training is that it’s a great learning experience.  More info and video HERE. Cost is $150 per person.  I’ve been informed that there are currently 22 seats remaining: 7 in the Saturday a.m./p.m. course and 15 in the Friday p.m./Saturday a.m. course.  It’s anticipated they will all fill by mid-June.

Most important is to take note that the training will not return to Medford before 2014 so get enrolled now while you still can.

Photo courtesy of TEAM OREGON.  Full Disclosure: I’m not employed by or affiliated with TEAM OREGON.  I am an advocate for lifelong learning.

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I-5 (S) In Route To Team Oregon – ART

“June Gloom” – It’s a southern California term for a weather pattern that results in cloudy, overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer.

We should be so lucky in Oregon!

Our “May Grey” was followed by a full on rain storm today.  Surprise, the first week of June is heavy rain and to top it off there is the forecast of snow down to 3000 feet in the cascades.

It turns out that I took the day off work and planned to attend the Team Oregon Advanced Rider Training (ART) with some rider friends.  In the paperwork, Team Oregon made it very clear.  Regardless of the weather, rain or shine the one-day course would happen so come prepared.

You see ART is not a high speed, racing-oriented class, but it provides riders a chance to build skills on an enclosed track while getting feedback from expert instructors. It’s designed for the rider who has at least 12,000 miles of current, on-street riding experience and includes 4 hours of range (riding) instruction including cornering, braking, swerving and traction management.

Advanced Rider Training Is Cancelled

So, I put on the rain gear and departed the house in heavy rain to take on the morning rush hour traffic.  Merged onto I-5 with the visible oil sheen and “rooster tails” from semi-trucks while watching a couple of folks on their cell phones – I suppose they had to tell friends just how wet the roads were – to arrive 35 minutes later at the Pat’s Acres Racing Complex and learn that the instructors cancelled the class!  Huh?  And get this… because the track was too oily and wet.

Are you tracking with me here?  It’s Oregon!  Duh.  I just spent the morning on an oil slick I-5 corridor accelerating/braking in stop-n-go traffic, making lane-change transitions, passing semi-trucks while thinking about my traction judgment and then safely existing the freeway and smoothly cornering through the curves of the Canby ramp only to find out that Pat’s “little race track” has an oil sheen and the rain made it slippery when wet!  Are you kidding me?  Really.

Who are these people?!  Isn’t the idea of this course to help riders improve judgment and skills by linking turns and choosing better lines in the rain. To get better in the type of weather conditions that are fairly routine in the Northwest.  And to practice on a closed course vs. on the interstate, right?   So let me get this straight.  The weather is too challenging to learn, but it’s okay for riders to head back home in the very same conditions that required them to cancel?  Worse yet was the fact that several people had called 30 minutes prior to the start of the class and obtained confirmation that it was still on.

I’m sure the Team Oregon office in Corvallis didn’t appreciate my phone call.  But, they did hear my “pull your head out” message and where to send my refund!

Photo taken by author (GoPro Helmet Camera) 

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Last Sunday (May 4th) the weather was perfect in the Northwest.  The temperature was in the mid-70’s and hardly a cloud in the sky.  The group quickly rallied together and met up for an afternoon ride.  We all met up at Paradise HD and then headed South.  We decided to take in the rural and scenic farmland of the Willamette Valley.  The only freeway travel as we rode was I-5S toward Wilsonville.  We took the SW Stafford Road exit off I-205 N and then took SW Mountain Road past the Sandelie Golf Course to the Canby Ferry.  The map “pin” indicates the location of the Ferry

The Canby Ferry carries vehicles and their passengers across the Willamette River just North of Canby.  It crosses the scenic Willamette River between Canby and Wilsonville.  The service started back in 1914 when the Ferry was purchased in Newberg by Canby Mayor W.H. Bair and by Harry B. Evans, representing the Canby Business Men’s Club. In those days it was propelled by a splashboard driven by the river current and held on course by a cable.   It’s been upgraded a lot since then. The cost to ride the Ferry for a motorcycle is $0.50.

After a less than 10 minute ride we exited the Ferry and headed straight on N. Locust Street until the road dead-ended in Canby.  We navigated our way back on to 99E and headed West until we got to Barlow Road.  On Barlow we rode South toward Monitor.  We took Meridian Road South out of Monitor and then headed West on E Marquam Street which brought us in the back way to Mt. Angel.

In Mt. Angel you can visit a German Benedictine Monastery or stop in the Brewing Company.  The town is famous for it’s version of the “Old World” Oktoberfest and people come from all over to this small community for ethnic foods and traditional Biergarten.  Unfortunately the Brewing Company was closed and we had to hit a local “haunt” for some cool refreshments.  We rode out of Mt. Angel on W. Church Street past the Evergreen Golf Course.  This is a quick way back to I-5 if you want to avoid all the Woodburn traffic.  

This ride may not be the sport bike-haven that you get in the mountains, but we were on “heavy” cruisers and there were plenty of curves to go around not to mention how those of us without hay fever were treated to the wonderful spring sights and smells of the agriculture.

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