What Goes Around...

The Saturday Rally Season finishes up wth a scenic four hour tour ending in Carver.

WHAT GOES AROUND...

July 18, 2020
By Kasey Klaus and Torm Kelsey-Green

Twenty-four teams registered for Cascade’s fifth TSsD (Time Speed social Distance) road rally on July 18. Then three teams canceled. But that’s okay because a Series Pass holder who missed registration asked to be allowed to run, even if not competing. No problem. A canceled car number was reassigned to the Series Pass holder.

So we had (are you keeping track? 24 - 3 + 1 = 22) twenty-two cars start the rally. One team experienced déjà vu all over again when their GPS app refused to operate. So, just like last month, they ran through the course and enjoyed a lovely drive, but since they had no scores, they are not on the scoreboard. So, technically, 21 cars finished the course.

Rally route

The all-paved rally route covered about 115 miles and took just under four hours to complete. The route offered some spectacular scenery, and the clear sunny weather on rally day made it easy to see the sights. From the end of the odo check at the End of the Oregon Trail Historic Site in Oregon City, the route headed east along the Clackamas River and then south to Glen Avon and Wilhoit, before returning north through Colton and the Highlands to Carver.

The rally’s title “What Goes Around …” describes the general circuitous and overlapping nature of the route. Road names referenced early in the instructions would reappear on a later page. The rallymasters took glee in repeating these references.

The July event was a tour-style rally, meaning it included no route following challenges. That’s not to say the rally wasn’t challenging. As a “driver’s event,” the drivers who were able to maintain specified average speeds on a variety of country roads, including some twisty bits, were the most successful.

Congratulations to the winners!

First overall and first GPS was the team of Bob Morseberg and Cheri Eddy with a total score of 69 over 22 scored legs. They had eight zeroes. Outstanding! They ran using a GPS odometer input. Seemed to work well for them.

Second overall and first SOP was the team of Marcus Gattman and Kerrie Steffenson with a total score of 123, just barely ahead of Marcus’ parents David and JoAnn Gattman who finished third overall.

Brian and Jamie Anderson finished first Novice, scoring a very significant win for the Andersons, as competition for Saturday Road Rally Series trophies was tight in the Novice class.

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July Rally Results







Flirtin' with Disaster

June's Rally presents a tour of rain-infested Clark County, Washington with a few traps thrown in

FLIRTIN' WITH DISASTER

June 20, 2020
By Marcus Gattman and Kerrie Steffenson

Cascade’s fourth TSsD (Time Speed social Distance) road rally on June 13 attracted 37 entries, breaking all recent event records. Then two teams canceled before car numbers were assigned, another two teams canceled the day before the rally, and four called in to cancel on rally morning. So 29 teams started the rally. Still a record for Cascade rallies, at least for several years. Notable is that 17 teams ran in the Novice class. And ten teams were new to the Cascade Geargrinders road rally program.

It is wonderful to see so many new-to-us ralliers!

Two teams started the rally, but their GPS app wasn’t working; they were not getting timed at the checkpoints. They had a nice drive through the rally course; however, they had no scores to display on the scoreboard. Two additional teams dropped out during the rally. Car #5 drove the wrong way over the parking lot exit spikes and popped a tire at the Lucia Falls Park break. Nasty luck. Car #30 abandoned the effort after PC 9 due to a sick navigator.

So 25 cars finished the course.

Rallymasters Marcus Gattman and Kerrie Steffenson put together a nice rally route. It was a fun drive from the end of the odo in Washougal, to the mid-rally break at the Lucia Falls Park, to the ending in Woodland.

The route included driving over the Cedar Creek Covered Bridge and by the historic Cedar Creek Grist Mill. The all-paved route was just under 100 miles and took a bit over 3 hours to complete.

First overall and first in the Unlimited class is the team of Bob Morseburg and Cheri Eddy from Seattle with a total score of 13 over seventeen scored legs. Bob and Cheri zeroed eleven legs. Very impressive!

Second overall and first SOP is the home team of Brandon Harer and Steven Smith with a very respectable score of 82, including one zero.

Third overall and first Novice is the team of Robert and Wayne Carlson with 137, including a zero.

Robert Paxman and William Pollard finished first in the GPS class.

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Taking Time to PAUSE

The May rally takes teams on a grand tour from Butteville to Estacada!

TAKING TIME TO PAUSE

May 16, 2020
By Monte and Victoria Saager

Cascade’s third TSsD (Time Speed social Distance) road rally on May 16 attracted 25 entries, breaking recent Saturday event records. Then two teams canceled and a third nearly made it to the start, so 22 teams ran the rally and arrived at the finish. Still a record for Saturday rallies. Notable is that half of the teams ran in the Novice class. And six teams were new to the Cascade Geargrinders road rally program. It’s great to see so many new teams!

Although the weather was cloudy, obscuring glimpses of distant mountains, the route offered lots of roadside scenery. The odo ended at the Historic Butteville Store, then the rally headed off past Champoeg Park and through the quaint village of St. Paul, home of the St. Paul Rodeo. The route toured the fertile Willamette Valley, past fields of Crimson Clover in full bloom, hops vines climbing skyward, dark green Tall Fescue growing taller, and orchards of Hazelnuts covering the hillsides. Sharp eyes noticed a Heritage Roses nursery. The rally headed west after a short break in Hubbard, climbing the foothills of the Cascades through Christmas tree farms and managed forests. The last of 17 timed controls was just outside of Estacada. The 90-mile route took about 3 hours to drive.

As with the last two Saturday rallies, we stayed home and watched on the Richta Rallymaster map as teams progressed along the rally route in real time. We also monitored the Richta Rallymaster app scoreboard, watching as teams pulled into the lead or slipped behind after a bad leg score.

This rally contained a few more challenges than the first two in this season’s Saturday Rally Series. But the penalties for these planned off course excursions were small - under 30 seconds.  This rally included 11 pauses to manage, not counting the ones you weren’t supposed to execute, which explains the title “Taking Time to PAUSE”.  

Scores overall were very good. The 22 Novice teams got 5 perfect zero leg scores collectively and averaged 20 points per leg. The eight SOP teams got 6 zeros and averaged 12 points per leg. The Equipped cars added another 7 zeros and averaged 13 points per leg. Amazing scores!

Most notable is first overall and first SOP Car #10 Curt Thompson and Pat Biggar with their total score of 56, under a minute penalty over three hours and 17 legs of rally. Congratulations, Curt and Pat! Tell us how you did it - what’s your strategy for such precise SOP driving?

Another excellent performance from second overall and first Unlimited Car #30 Bob Morseburg and Cheri Eddy with 72. They were in first place until the very last leg, which added 28 to their score. What happened, Bob?

Winner of the Novice class was Car #5 Brian and Jamie Anderson with 184. They got 10 single-digit leg scores including a zero. Congratulations!

Edmund Frank and Jo Su finished first in the GPS class with 252. Congratulations! We hope to see more folks running in this class over time.

We received some nice comments after the rally:

“Thank you for a great rally this morning.”

“Nice job on the rally. We really liked the rally and luckily only had some light rain on the early part. Thanks for your work on everything and the communication ahead of time was really great. Pre-event notes were great. Post-event communication timing was really great.” 

“My son and I really enjoyed the rally. We had a great time reading the directions and learning what the different terms meant. We have seen the error of our ways and will be working on getting better. Looking forward for the next one.“ 

“We had a great time and improved over last time. Two zeros!! Several single-digit scores. We maxed one leg. My navigator didn't realize that the "R" without mileage or street name just means take the next possible right (in this case after going 1.5 miles). And then I had to stop for him to barf so we maxed that one. Dramamine next time. Super happy with our results on the other legs. Can still improve a lot, too. Thanks again!“ 

“Excellent Rally. Not too hard. Had some "interesting" features/challenges. The app works like a charm. Really wanted to see it in action and WOW. Fantastic. Are all the Saturday rallies using the app? Cya again if yes. “ 

To read more please check the June Geargrinders News Release.





Yanked on Yankton

Cascade's second TSsD event travels to Columbia County for a day of touring with a challenge or two tossed in

YANKED ON YANKTON

April 18, 2020
By Monte and Victoria Saager

Promoted as an opportunity to get out and go for a fun drive in the country, while maintaining social distancing, the April 18 Saturday event was Cascade’s second TSsD (Time Speed social Distance) road rally. “You stay in your car; we’ll stay in ours.”

Actually we stayed home. We managed registration and check-in online. All timing and scoring was done by the Richta GPS Checkpoints app, so there were no manned checkpoints. We monitored each car’s progress using real time data from the GPS app, which adds a whole new level of rallymaster fun. First we get to drive around the countryside on roads less traveled, developing the rally course. Then we get to watch on a map as rally teams progress along those same roads in real time. Amazing.

Seventeen teams ran the rally - matching a record set in April 2019 of 17 cars at a Saturday rally. Eight of Saturday’s teams had never run a Cascade rally before. We hope this great new bunch of Cascade ralliers will enjoy the game of road rally and want to come back and do it again and again.

SCCA National Road Rally Lifetime Points Holder Bob Morseburg drove down from Seattle Saturday morning to run the rally with his navigator, Cheri Eddy. We are honored they ran the rally (even though we didn’t see them).

And there were winners.

Congratulations to first overall and first Unlimited Bob Morseburg and Cheri Eddy, running as Car #30 after driving to the start from Seattle on the morning of the rally. Nicely done!

Two veteran rally teams tied for second overall and first SOP, Bill and Kelly Ferber and Marcus Gattman and Kerrie Steffenson. Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to fourth overall and first Novice Brian and Jamie Anderson. This team is moving up fast in this their first season of road rally. They are the team to watch.

Congratulations to Andrew and Coralee Brewer for finishing first in the GPS class. The GPS class was introduced last season in the Equipped category of road rally competition classes. This class allows the use of GPS-sourced odometers. Few competitors have entered this class to date. Congratulations to the Brewers!

With the current lack of face-to-face contact with ralliers, and with so many new folks, we received several questions and comments via email and text. Rather than respond individually, they are presented here. The questions offer a chance to teach some rally, so have your Road Rally Rules handy.

Will we see you [the rallymasters] at all today? 

Answer: We are with you in spirit and we'll be watching your progress on our rally map. But we're not there. We've done our part. Now it's your turn. 

We [made a wrong turn] but we didn't turn around right away [so] we were max late at [the next] PC … and thought we needed to make up time... so we went a little fast and ended up [max] early at the next PC. Is it true that once we saw we were late to the PC that we should have just continued following the route instructions (and CAST speeds) to the next PC? 

Answer: Yes. “Your arrival time [at a passage control] is the start time for your next leg, so you should continue rallying on time.” (RRR 1.3) As soon as you pass a passage control, you should consider yourself on time and keep rallying on time, regardless of whether you were late or early on the just-completed leg. Each leg is scored independently. You can’t make up time in the next leg. Which begs two more points: 

o “Contestants must obey all traffic laws and drive in a safe manner throughout the event.” (RRR 1.6) At no time should you exceed posted speeds during a road rally. Rally speeds (CASTs) are set below posted speeds to allow for occasional slowing required for curves, intersections, traffic, etc. 

o “If you are delayed along the rally route for any reason, submit a time allowance…do not speed to try to make up the lost time.” (RRR 1.5) 

Here’s how to use a Time Allowance in a case like this. 

Hypothetically, you’re driving at CAST. The mileage for the next NRI comes up and the reference you’re looking for isn’t there. You keep driving along at CAST until you finally decide that you’ve taken a wrong turn. At that point, you note the time and your trip mileage, you u-turn and drive at CAST back to the point where you know you’re back on course. Note the time and mileage. Calculate how long it took you drive back to the course at CAST, double that amount of time and enter a Time Allowance (TA+) in the Richta Competitor app equal to or greater than the amount of time you lost. Wait out any extra time, then continue following the NRIs at CAST. Calculate how many extra miles you drove and add that to the mileages for upcoming NRIs until the next mileage reset.

Here’s how to enter a Time Allowance in the Richta Competitor app 

We also received a number of nice compliments. For example:

We had a blast. We loved the rally app. Instructions were easy to follow and we appreciated NOT getting lost. It's no fun to be so tricked that you're hopelessly lost. 

To read more please check the May Geargrinders News Release.

Zing Goes the Springs
of My Heart

A simple rally for a suddenly complex world

ZING GOES THE STRINGS OF MY HEART

Saturday, March 21, 2020
By Monte and Victoria Saager

The March Saturday event was the first-ever TSsD (Time Speed social Distance) road rally. Recognizing that we’re in a coronavirus emergency, the entire event experience was designed to eliminate contact with other humans outside of your own car. The rally was promoted as an opportunity to get out and go for a fun drive in the country, while maintaining social distancing.

Online registration was required. Day-of-event on-site registration was not available. (We stayed home.) All check-in procedures and transmitting of route instructions occurred via email.

Teams timed themselves out from the start location and followed the instructions through the route. All timing was done using a GPS app, so there were no manned checkpoints.

The rallymasters used data from the GPS app to monitor each car’s progress through the rally and to monitor the scoreboard. (We sat at the kitchen table, following along on our laptops.)

At the mid-rally scenic break at Bald Peak State Park, total scores up to that point were emailed to the teams.  They had a chance during this break to order take-out from the Cruise In Country Diner where the rally route ended.

The rally route included some simple rally traps. A misspelled sign offered an opportunity to incorrectly pause 30 seconds (how do you spell NEUGEBAUER). An ONTO trap elicited another 30-second penalty. What do you do when told to change your speed for 0.5 mile? You go back to the previous speed after the half mile - or not for more penalty points. A note told you to pause 30 seconds at a sign reading “CEMETARY”. Who knew there was actually a sign like that on the route.

Congratulations to first Unlimited and first overall Paul Eklund and Yulia Smolyensky. First SOP and second overall was Bill Ferber and Simon Levear. Robert Paxman and Will Pollard finished first GPS and third overall. First Novice was Ben and Kyle Overton. Congratulations to all the teams! And a big thank you to Brandon Harer and Ben Bradley for checking out the rally.


March Road Rally Results

Car #

Driver / Navigator

Class

Leg 3

Leg 4

Leg 5

Leg 6

Leg 7

Leg 8

Leg 10

Leg 11

Leg 12

Leg 13

Leg 14

Leg 15

Leg 16

Total

14

Paul Eklund / Yulia Smolyanski

UNL

0

0

1

2

0

1

0

0

2

2

4

5

0

17

9

Bill Ferber / Simon Levear

SOP

7

2

14

11

3

21

36

14

0

1

13

1

19

142

1

Robert Paxman / Will Pollard

GPS

19

38

9

5

37

10

51

4

0

16

0

7

2

198

4

John Franklin / Anthony Campbell

UNL

21

29

15

1

5

56

6

39

5

6

35

15

22

255

7

Ben Overton / Kyle Overton

NOV

22

31

7

3

68

105

25

11

4

4

33

2

12

327

10

Torm Kelsey-Green / Kasey Klaus

SOP

21

44

18

35

48

64

8

38

1

1

29

21

16

344

12

Mike Glass / Leon Rivera

SOP

14

5

20

120

81

46

6

11

3

2

57

9

12

386

11

Jeff Manier / Alisia L. Manier

NOV

3

5

20

42

120

20

120

55

5

9

0

6

5

410

3

Kris Franca / Rich Franca

NOV

47

45

10

12

50

43

51

81

14

4

82

13

24

476

8

Annie Thompson / Bill Thompson

SOP

0

24

13

2

76

120

120

92

5

5

17

4

14

492

5

Brian Anderson / Jamie Anderson

NOV

0

33

45

73

9

120

37

27

9

10

120

14

35

532



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