|Forecasts call for more hot, dry, windy weather and an increase in smoke from new and existing fires along the Cycle Oregon 2017 route.|
- 44% of the acres burning nationally are in Oregon,
- 50% of the firefighters nationally are in Oregon and Washington, and
- 8 of the highest trained wildfire teams in the U.S. are in Oregon.
I can't image the disappointment Steve and his team must be feeling. The years of planning, all the moving parts coming into place, hundreds of volunteers, food vendors, port-a-potty purveyors, etc., seemingly all for naught. But clearly they were left no choice.
I also sympathize with the riders who have been training for months, many planning to travel from around the world next week to Oregon. I am not one of them, choosing to do Ride the Rockies as my big ride this year, but I know the feeling of anticipation leading up the the big event of the year. Hard to imagine getting the news one week out. But the decision was made with everyone's safety in mind, especially the riders.
|Smoke from a small fire near Glenwood Springs on RTR 2007.|
|Smoke from the Royal Gorge fire in 2013, seen from Canon City.|
I hope the disappoint fades quickly and look forward to next year's route announcement!