Archive for October, 2009

Cue Sheet, GPS Files, and Map for October 24 Cacapon 200K Brevet

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The cue sheet for the Cacapon 200K RUSA brevet, starting at the Middletown Super 8 in Middletown, VA at 7:00AM on October 24, 2009 is now posted at Cue Sheet - 20091024 Cacapon 200K Brevet.

A map for the route is posted at Map - 20091024 Cacapon 200K Brevet. We will no longer be handing out printed maps at the ride start, so please print this one if you would like to have a map.  It works best printed as a single 11×17″ page, or as two 8 1/2 x 11″ pages.

The link to the GPS files is posted below. But please read this information before downloading them. Always get a copy of the final cue sheet. That final cue sheet contains the official route, so in case there is a conflict with the GPS file, you should resolve the conflict in favor of the cue sheet. Use the GPS as a handy-dandy adjunct. Keep your wits about you, as the GPS cannot notify you of road hazards — it is up to you to ride safely.

We strongly recommend that you set your GPS to the settings below. We cannot guarantee that these will keep you on the official route, but if you have your GPS set some other way, it is entirely possible that it will take you off route, possibly onto unsafe roads. Go to the Setup->Routing page and set as follows:

Guidance Method: Follow Road
Follow Road Method: Shortest Distance
Next Turn Pop-Up: On
Follow Road Options:
  Off Route Recalculation: Prompted
  Calculation Method: Best Route
  Calculate Routes for: Car/Motorcycle
  Avoid: (set to none – the route itself should control this)

By the way … make sure that your GPS either has maps already downloaded, or select the relevant maps around the routes. The GPS files are posted at GPS Files - 20091024 Cacapon 200K Brevet.

Lynn reported that the leaf colors were near peak during the checkout ride, especially maple trees in yards. Some that she noted: halfway up the Green Spring Road climb, an intense red on the right; several brilliant orange standing out against the apple trees in the orchards on 610; 2 multi-colored on the left at the top of the 2nd nasty little up at the start of Christian Church Road; several in the yards along Back Road. The best total color impact was the west slope of Great North Mtn seen from Trout Run near the Perry Store.

She also reported that the deer were out in force because their activity was reduced during the preceding four days of rain. They are very hard to see at this season; their coats are now a grey-brown. So watch out!