So Mike and I headed out to PIR around 10 am on Saturday for the Grand Re-Opening of the track. We couldn't have had better weather. Sunny and cool but it made it to 60' by 2 pm. We stopped by the Interstate Freddies and got spray paint, for the Tank Bike, and beer 1/2 rack of PBR, some cheese and salami. I forgot bagels and ice. Mike ran back in and got the ice but we didn't realize that we had forgot the bagels until we were all ready at the track.
We drive right into the track and we are on our own trying to find a parking space. So we wander and park across from the front straight bridge.
We unload the bikes and cruise around the pits when we see others riding on the track so off we go through pit out. We did a lap and a little more the back to the van for lunch and a beer. While we are eating I look at the passenger mirror and behind us is three tall women putting on their roller blades and skating off. We finish our beers and stupidly think we will catch those hot roller bladders. We hadn't made it to the bridge when they pass us. Christ they are fast. Nice butts too!
When we get to the new part of the track I see Lonnie and Jeff and Tom and a couple of other Bent riders. I also saw Tweety back in the pits later. They were there to check out the new track for the OHPV meat in May, http://www.ohpv.org/HPC/index.html , Mike and I were there to plot out summer racing viewing spots.
I saw some nice old race cars and shot some video. Still can't figure that out yet. The picture above is last summer at the beach with the new Orange Cruiser bike you can see the Tank Bike in the background.
We were the last of the Bicycles off of the track. I had the sweep truck about 100' behind me as I went down the pit return road. We went back to the van for more food and beer. After about a half hour the hot rods were on the track for the rest of the day. We went around on the outer road and scoped out places to watch from. They really hacked a big part of the motor home parking area between turn 4-6. Turn 6-7 is now a left the sharp right with banking. Pretty cool, I can't wait until the Rose Cups and Historics this summer. I should have a list of races I am going to within a week or so.
Where did this week go? I have figured out how to make long videos with my camera now. Next step editing and how to upload these little shorts. I am going out to PIR http://http://www.portlandraceway.com/ on Saturday for the Grand Reopening. Just a short note tonight.
Last night's eclipse was cool. Very red and yellow. The day started out rainy but warm 45'. By lunch time the sun was out and the streets were dry. People were stopping on Hawthorne and taking pictures with their cell phones. Very neat.
This morning I went down to the shop and made a camera mount for my handle bars for my mountain bike. I can now shoot video while I ride. The first one turned out well. I need to aim it a little more to the left but other than that it worked out. As soon as I figure this whole thing out I will post a video clip and a picture or two of the mount. kevinpdx