Dawn Andone, park ranger at Cathedral Gorge State Park, reminds people they need to sign up by the end of August for the third annual Park to Park Pedal – Extreme 100 bicycle touring event.
She spoke during the regular monthly meeting of the Lincoln Communities Action Team meeting in Caliente.
“We have about 70 people signed up already, but if you wait until after August, the price goes up $10, so don’t wait until October to sign up. Then we will know how much food to order.” The event occurs Oct. 12, Columbus Day.
Interested riders may sign up online by visiting www.lincolncountynevada.com, then the Park to Park Pedal link and the registration form is available to sign up, plus full details of the event to read.
All the rides start at Kershaw-Ryan State Park, a little south of Caliente. The main ride of 100 miles, Andone said, “comes up through Cathedral Gorge, up the hill to Pioche, out to Echo Canyon, Spring Valley, then back to Kershaw.”
She said an additional ride has been added to the program this year. “Along with a 40-mile ride that goes between Kershaw, Cathedral, then back to Kershaw, this year is a new 65-mile ride that starts at Kershaw, comes to Cathedral, on to Pioche and goes back to Kershaw.”
The 40-mile ride does not climb the hill to Pioche and does not go out to Echo Canyon and Spring Valley.
The park rangers, Lincoln County Sheriff Dept., and Search and Rescue are on patrol during the day making sure riders are safe and accounted for.
All riders eventually end at Kershaw-Ryan where there will be a Dutch oven dinner. Andone said, “We are going to ask everyone to be back at Kershaw at 6 p.m. or before.” Dinner will be served between 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.”
She said volunteers are needed from among the local citizens to operate one of the eight rest stops along the routes the bikers take. “We have eight stations along the way, and if we could have a public service group, interested citizens, a church group, Boy Scouts, etc., it would be of help. For example, Grover C. Dils Medical Center does Cathedral Gorge for us. They organize the people and man the rest station with different people who take different shifts.”
Water and food are available at the rest stops, and they can answer questions about how the route continues, etc.
“So what we need,” she said, “are some other groups like that who would want to help in Pioche, Kershaw-Ryan, Echo Canyon and Spring Valley. Lunch is held at Spring Valley for the longer rides, and the shorter rides have lunch at Kershaw-Ryan. Basically, we feed ‘em all day long.”