Monday, July 13, 2009

GTDRI 09: Recon Report III

Well, it is almost here! The 2009 version of the Guitar Ted Death Ride Invitational is Saturday, July 18th. I will be camping out, hopefully, Friday night at Echo Valley Park just east of West Union, weather permitting. Here's the fine details on the camping situation:

Directions: To get to the park from West Union, take Highway 18 east into town. When you get to Pine Street, which is a stop light, hang a right/south and follow Pine Street all the way to the southern outskirts of town where it will flow to the left. just keep following this East/Southeasterly blacktop out of town. When you go about a mike and a half, it turns suddenly to gravel. Don't go into the gravel!! At this point there will be a sign that says Echo Valley on your left. turn left here. It looks like you could go left or right on this gravel road, but stay right. You will be going steeply down to a low water crossing. Go across, the road goes left and up. Then you will see a right hander. I will be at the top of this, if the weather is good.

More Info: Now, here's the deal with this place. It is totally primitive. No water, pit toilets, and no bathroom/showers. So be prepared if you come to camp. There is a fire ring, so if you want a fire, bring some wood. We'll be just hanging out, maybe having a drink, and then sleeping until the next morning.

Figure on being set to go around 6:30 at the latest. We will set off from the point where the Echo Valley Road turned to gravel at the entrance to the campground. We will be taking Echo Valley Road eastwards from there. Cue sheets will be available either printable on-line or at the start, but once we leave, we're not coming back until we finish the loop. Distance should be about 110 miles.

Hit me with an e-mail if you want to let me know you'll be there or if you have any questions. I'll post up any last minute changes later if there are any. Stay tuned!

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