So, the Poker Run, Where do I start...
Too Long, we started at 10am, yes we took the longer version, but did not get to the last stop until almost 5pm (We only took 15-20 minutes at the VT Country Store stop, the rest were quick get your card and move on) The Web page stated a return time of 3pm. I know that depends on how you ride, but 2 additional hours for us, and more for others, is just not acceptable). What should have been a early afternoon ending, took up a whole day.
If you have 2 versions, have two separate sets of directions. This just makes it easier.
The mileage values were off, and I am sure some were confused with the KM being next to the description of the route, and the miles on the other side of the paper. I prefer to have a continuous mileage rather than distance to the next turn, but I can work with either.
Agree with the route needing to be ridden, it seems like it was not. In reality, it should be ridden by folks who did not plan the route and they should use the printed directions to see if they are correct and if they are easy to follow. At one point the route number changed but that was not listed on the directions. Some of the roads included sections under construction and some were very rough, this can either be included in the directions, of the route can be changed if it is properly scouted. I am sure the construction folks (even though it was a short distance) did not want to deal with the additional traffic created by the Poker Run.
Why in the 21st century is the route not published prior to Americade and a GPX file put on the web for riders to download and use? I ask this question of the volunteers and was told the route was not even figured out until the Tuesday prior to Americade. Come on folks, that is just not acceptable for an event like Americade. Even if the stops are posted with a address and coordinates, then we all could put them into our GPS'.
Finally, on the route sheet list what the stop is.(I.e. Stop 1 - Joes Good Eats) this would make it a little easier to find the stop. Some of the stops were very easy to see, others not so much.
Thanks for allowing the input. Unless I hear/see some major changes in how this event is organized, this will be my last year for taking part in the poker run,. Which is sad for me because they always seem to include some nice routes. The main reason I always participated was the charity aspect of the event. For future Americades, I will be giving that money to another charity (such as the Rotary bike raffle).