Sunday, July 09, 2017 0925


Only one rider left, David Hartson who started the GRR late after being caught in traffic.



Sunday, July 09, 2017 0725

We’re awake and ready for another scorcher here in Davis.

Oroville closed with no more DNF’s on the Inbound leg.


Saturday, July 08, 2017 2300

Eleven riders are finished!

Carl Andersen

Gabrielle Andersen

Matthew Cazales

Raphael Gernez

Roger Krenz

Erik Nohlin

Fred Perman

Jason Pierce

Max Poletto

Corinne Warren

Eric Williams


Saturday, July 08, 2017 2130

Tobin Resort control is closed. The last rider David Hartson left about 9:45pm


Saturday, July 08, 2017 2030

Thanks for bearing with us on this the most hectic day of GRR history since 2001!

Sorry about the large number of DNF’s.  We had hoped for a better completions rate! The hottest GRR on record!
So, we’ll keep on keeping on until 1200 Noon tomorrow, Sunday and then we’ll have one hellofva party at Bistro 33 in downtown Davis at G and 3rd Streets.

We are 68 hours into the ride and have seven finishers!

Stay tuned…


Saturday, July 08, 2017 1700

Taylorsville is officially closed. Timing updates will be forthcoming…

Luigi, sad to say is riding back with the Taylorsville control staff. 


Saturday, July 08, 2017 1600

Yikes is it hot!  Over 105⁰  at H.Q. Everyone has been under a rock trying to keep cool.

Where are we in the ride?

Taylorsville at 1600

   43 riders down the road towards Tobin or beyond

     7 riders resting/staging at Taylorsville

     1 DNF (Luigi) waiting for the sweep truck from Grasshopper

    Will wake the remaining riders at 1630 and get them started. We’ve only 20 hours left in this gig…

Oroville is busy with about 15 riders in between Tobin and Oroville

                Looks like the only riders on the course between Oroville and Davis in this hot weather are Carl Anderson and his new bride Gabrielle!!!!


Saturday, July 08, 2017 1200

Just put in a call to the Oroville YMCA control. It’s 102⁰ in Davis and 105⁰ at the YMCA. Decision is to hold riders at Oroville until dark due to the extreme heat! Riders are being equipped with “ice sox” to drape around their necks. Mini-marts and all possible locations for ice are being pointed out to the riders for the eventual trip to Davis when the temperature moderates to the 80’s

This weather is dangerous!


Saturday, July 08, 2017, 11 am

Bill Bryant is the winner of the “What Time Will Max Finish” pool.  Bill’s guess was 3 am. Paul Vlasveld finished second with a guess of 5:30.  Third place is vacant as there were only 2 entries.  One more DNF:  Michelle Santilhano decided to end her ride at Susanville.  A number of DNF riders have arranged a “bus” to Reno.  In Reno they will board a train that will bring them to Davis.


Saturday, July 08, 2017 0410

Max Poletto has finished!  He arrived at 3:26am sooner than we expected, but the alarm was sounded for us by Robert Sexton out at the last control.  Stu Bresnick opened up the Finish and we rang the cowbell. Very impressive feat.  Max related that the temperature recording on his Garmin while climbing Janesville Grade was 117 degrees.

Luigi Barisone has arrived at Grasshopper!  Way to go Luigi!  What a night!  I found the tail and the front of this train in the same hour.


Saturday, July 08, 2017, 0010

The only thing going on at H.Q. now is waiting for input from the tail of this train and the front.  ZZzzzz


Friday, July 7, 2017, 2335

Adin is closed and in the GRR record books!

Many thanks to:

Deb Banks: PBP ancienne several times; RUSA board member

Jack Berger: Reigning King of the Adin control and Secretary of the Davis Bike Club

Chris Berger: Jack’s son who, I’m sure got some indirect pressure to join us ;-)

Becky Albaugh: 4-H Leader in charge of food service!

Kristi Dodgen: Coordinator of the Adin Community Center. She’s been the anchor for GRR in Adin since the beginning in 2001!

Millions of energetic, cute, helpful, fun-loving 4-H members for Adin and surrounds


Friday, July 7, 2017, 2335

The last two riders in Adin are rallying and getting ready to head for Grasshopper. That’s good because Adin is now closed.

Dave Hartson & Luigi Barisone are destined to become riding partners for the next few hundred miles!!  For now they have almost 4.0 hours to get to Grasshopper some 14.2 miles away.


Friday, July 7, 2017, 2315

Well we escaped the fire situation South of Susanville and now there’s another fire southeast of Oroville.

Just called the CDF incident commander at 530-538-7826 to determine if the GRR route was threatened by this conflagration.

The short answer is no.  The fire is headed toward Forbestown along Swedes Flat Rd.  Check your Google map and you’ll see we are not close to that area and the fire is moving away from our route along Lone Tree Rd south of Oroville.



Friday, July 7, 2017, 2300

News from Grasshopper Water Stop: We think all but 6 riders (still in the ride) have cleared Grasshopper by 11 PM. Sag drivers indicate the rest will be scattered arrivals the rest of the night-- hopefully before we close at 3:50 AM.



Friday, July 7, 2017, 2100

Max left Tobin at 1845.  When will he finish?  Join the pool.  No charge to enter.  Entries due by midnight tonight.  Submit to  The prize:  XXL 2009 white GRR T-shirt. Folks disparaging recent message updates (Barry!) are ineligible.



Friday, July 07, 2017, 1945

Max just left Tobin Resort for Oroville. Fred Perman just arrived at Taylorsville, Erik Nohlin and Jason Pierce should be pulling into Taylorsville very soon.

Oh well, Fred Perman has already left Taylorsville!  He’s on a mission, too!



Friday, July 07, 2017, 1745

Just heard from a local that there are fires along the roadside north of Susanville, but which road?

It’s on US395 south of Susanville and doesn’t impact the GRR! Quite a bit of smoke in the air.


Friday, July 07, 2017, 1700

Guess who this is from?

“ 5 singing Texans just showed up in Adin. 

These ladies(not Texans) - Kim, Kerin & Michele are out on the road.

7 left to arrive in Adin.



Friday, July 07, 2017, 1800

Alturas is closed and in the record GRR record books!

Many thanks to:

Daryn Dodge: PBP ancienne several times

Barbara Anderson: President Emeritus, Davis Bike Club

Eileen Lloyd: Brevet rider extraordinare

Peter Hewitt: PBP and GRR ancienne plus “the best chef ever in the Kitchen of the Elks Lodge”





Friday, July 07, 2017, 1700

Word for the Taylorsville inbound control folks is “All quiet not expecting and arrivals until around 8:00pm”

Just found out the age of the “la plus anciennes” from the Davis Bike Club.  We’ve already divulged the person, now there’s a contest to guess his age!  Anyone with the correct answer will receive a pair of fluorescent leg bands courtesy of “Daddy Warbucks


Friday, July 07, 2017, 1630

Did anyone ever stop to think how many of the Davis Club’s volunteers are PBP anciennes?  You know those guys at Alturas?  You know those guys and Adin? You know those at Grasshopper, Susanville, Taylorsville, Tobin, Oroville?  Well, it’s time we took a “head-count”.  Thanks to all of you!!

Wait, someone just said we should have a head-count of “la plus anciennes”!  My guess is this honor goes to the GRR course marker, Larry Burdick who rode PBP in 1987 with the captain of the Alturas control, Daryn Dodge!  Oh wait, what about Bill Bryant who rode PBP in 1983 and again in 1999!


Direct your feedback to:


Friday, July 07, 2017, 1612

Applause please, the last two riders made it back to Alturas control with an hour to spare.  “Ahead of the clock!”

Way to go! Luigi and David! Now find a cool stream and go in “au naturale”.


Friday, July 07, 2017, 1555

The phone has been ringing “off the Hook” as the old folks used to say. Kids want to know what is “off the hook”. Anyway, Dan had to cool his phone with an ice pack. You think it’s hot where you are. You should be at our yet to relocate HQ. San Francisco? Next the HQ staff will be sitting on ice packs.

I thought computer rooms were always around 70 degrees. Is this global warming or what? Even the computers are sweating.

Max is 45:30 into the ride.

Still on the keys waiting for more info. So far we have heard from 2 former HQ employees. What are the rest of you doing? We are sweating and drinking.

Max left Taylorsville.


Friday, July 07, 2017, 1533

HQ team has a program that calculates the DNF by control and we see that Susanville is the leader with almost 50% occurring here. What’s up with Susanville? Last time we used the armory and didn’t have these numbers. Maybe the Best Western is offering free drinks. What do you think?

Lead rider Max is closing in on Taylorsville. Keep on keeping on. Max arrived at Taylorsville at 1533.


Friday, July 07, 2017, 1520

Be careful. Because of the high fire danger, there will be no smoking on the GRR. Vaporing will be allowed only if you have a doctor’s permission. Chewing will be allowed outdoors but only with directional spitting. Use other oral items at your own risk.

HW 128 still closed between Pleasants Valley road and Lake Berryessa.

Dew point at HQ is prompting our move to a cooler site. Temp 102, feels like 122, Dew point 54 deg, wind N at 10.

It has come to our attention that many of you would like photos of HQ. Unfortunately, due to the high dew point we are unable to handle these requests at this time. Maybe the night shift can give you some cooler shots.


Friday, July 07, 2017, 1447

Turn around at Davis Creek has closed. Last rider is on his way to Alturas. All Right L. Barisone. Keep on keeping on.

Bobbie left HQ and Tim came back without a Torpedo. Lets hear it for Sol at Davis Creek. He is on his way to Alturas with the control sheets. Daren of Alturas will FAX to HQ. I hope we don’t have a rise in the dew point before then.

There is a brush fire West of Winters that started Thursday. It is only 25% contained. No smoke at HQ so the wind must be from the N. Hi way 128 is expected to be closed until 1200 today. HQ will keep you posted. This fire should have no effect on the GRR.

Friday, July 07, 2017, 1418

I feel a breeze. Oh that was just the fan. Tim where are you?

Maybe we can get someone to fan and mist us for acknowledgement on this site. No response yet. Go to and send us some love.

I ready for some news. Or as CNN says. BREAKING NEWS.

HQ weather 104 on the porch with humidity of 29%. Feels like 102 to me. Wind from N at 6. Dew point is 63 degrees. Now I have to look up what that means. Hold on. When dew point is above 65 people find the air feels sticky. We are right on the edge here. That was according to Wikipedia.

Cow bell. Here we are starting to feel the dew.



Friday, July 07, 2017, 1354

Since we last spoke, Bobbie joined us for lunch.

Back to work packing up for SF. We should be there and back to Davis in time for the party on Sunday. Right Dan?

We have had some feedback from a former employee. He told us to tough it out and keep sweating. Poor sport. At least he could bring us some beers.

Hows it going in Adin? No word on the showers. We will accept anything you have, Deb.


Friday, July 07, 2017, 1237

San Francisco is expecting a high of 75 today with a W wind of 15. WTF? Dan can we move HQ to SF for a couple of days?

HQ is looking at 106 with a NW at 7. Dan is giving it some thought. Maybe for the 2021 GRR. Come on Dan, we are sweating here at HQ.

L. Barisone has reached Alturas out bound. He overslept somewhere. He should be able to make it back to Alturas before the cutoff.


Friday, July 07, 2017, 1227

My grandson wanted to go to Chick f Lay yesterday. Turns out he didn’t want anything to eat. He just wanted to climb around in the play structure. I had a chicken sandwich and lemonade.

The 1pm temperature for Alturas will be 89 with a WSW wind at 7mph. the high today will be 93. Will someone bring some of that HQ about 5pm?

Susanville will have a high of only 95 with a WSW wind at 8 mph. We will even take some of that. Maybe the truck can bring in down with the drop bags. You think?



Friday, July 07, 2017, 1214

Shower at Adin RV center is waiting for bodies. There was a line of locals that were excited to see so many out of towners. They hadn’t seen that many since the 4th of July!

Dan is on phone with Deb Banks in Adin. She is looking for some excitement. Anyone have a Torpedo IPA you can drive up to Adin?

We are having too much fun here at HQ. I even invited my wife Bobbie to come over for lunch. She said she might. Wanted to know what was on the menu. That woman.

Tim, do you have a Torpedo you can run up to Adin?


Friday, July 07, 2017, 1156

Kaley McComber DNF’d at Susanville and got a ride to top of Janesville Grade and is biking back to Davis. She will have ridden 800km by then. Good job.

Close to lunch time here at HQ. What’s up for lunch Ann?

I may have to repost some earlier messages. There was some talk of wild turkeys seen at Adin. Can anyone confirm?

How about the 21 DNF bib numbers: 8, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 34, 35, 36, 39, 43, 45, 48, 50, 51, 62, 67.

Direct your feedback to:


Friday, July 07, 2017, 1122

Love to all the GRR team from HQ. You are awesome and beautiful. This is for the riders, control staff, water stops, SAGs, course markers, finish workers and party planners.

Recount on DNF: 21. Bib numbers 8, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 34, 35, 36, 39, 43, 45, 48, 50, 51, 62, 67.


Friday, July 07, 2017, 1103

Here we are again. The HQ has downsized to Dan & me.

Did you hear the one about the driver that was stopped by a cop for no apparent reason? When asked to produce a driver’s license, she fumbled around in her purse and handed the officer a small mirror. Upon reflection, the officer apologized and said, “ pardon me, I didn’t know you were an officer”. Laugh or smile if you get it.

That’s all folks. Time for a nap.

Wait a minute. I think I heard a turkey report from the turnaround. I didn’t think they were taking the Davis turkeys that far. They will never make it back in this heat unless someone give them a lift!

Friday, July 07, 2017, 1044

Amber Alert this morning. LA & Orange county. 2014 Toyota Camry, Black, CA plates 7XWL023. Not likely to be seen on the GRR but just in case.

No news from the GRR lately except the heat is cooking the riders. Susanville control will be busy.

Dan says I have to fill in all the time since 0936 yesterday. Don’t know what to say. J T location was the high point so far.

Haven’t heard of any other events.

Tim was disappointed that the times were all on computer this year. He arrived yesterday with 2 pencils and a sharpener.

Max left Susanville at 1030.



Friday, July 07, 2017, 1015

Tour de France is still on despite the DNF of Cav & Peter. Breakaway will be caught according to Jens Voit (sp)

Take it easy out there and drink, drink, drink.

Watch out for livestock on the road.

The Davis turkeys were relocated north. Watch out. There were a couple of aggressive ones here.

Please report if you see any that speak with a Davis accent.



Friday, July 07, 2017, 1000

HQ team is in place. Tim, Nancy, Dan, Marla, Ann and Barry are starting to heat up.

We  received an apology email from J T. He said the Tobin team was asleep when he left. Didn’t think to leave a note. All is well that ends well. Sounds like some Shakespeare has slipped into HQ.

Alturas is busy with in/out overlap.

Anyone need a beer?






Friday, July 07, 2017, 0936

Make that 20 DNF.

Alturas has reported 8 riders are inbound from the turnaround. Not to be confused with those inbound on a Greyhound.

Grasshopper reports Max is inbound at 0800.

Susanville is next stop for Max.





Friday, July 07, 2017 0919

Good Morning from HQ. Cool this am so far. Heat predicted.

Alert. J. T. Conklin has been found. After falling asleep in a chair at Tobin he disappeared. CHP was contacted and a search was started. His wallet, bike and cell were still at Tobin. Either he was abducted or wandered into the Feather River. Alas, he turned up in Susanville. Leaving Tobin while the control team was off duty was the problem.

Linh Nguyen and JT decided to head for Susanville to rent a car. Both decided it was too hot to continue. All is well as far as we know. Tobin is relieved that the mystery has been solved.

So far 19 riders have DNF’d. Several have reached the turn around and are inbound.


Thursday, July 06, 2017 4:12pm

The Taylorsville control is now closed. No one was late leaving or missed the time cut, but we did lose three more to abandonment.

Riders 8, 39 and 36 have retired.  We’re not privy to the reason just yet except for the obvious, “it’s hot out there.” 


Thursday, July 06, 2017, 3:27pm

According to Bill Bryant, “Mighty Max came thru Grasshopper @ 14:02, first rider. He said he was cooked but was soon on his way. 14:40, still waiting for the next riders.

 We did find our missing outhouses about 0.4 miles away by a trailhead. RUSA #7 lashed one of them to his truck bumper and slowly dragged

 it to the control, upholding the tradition of sterling support to the riders!” 



Thursday, July 06, 2017, 3:00 pm

Deb Banks is racing to Adin in order to open the control before Max gets there.  Go Deb!!

It is now 101 degrees at HQ.



Thursday, July 06, 2017, 2:25 pm

Fourteen riders have reached Susanville, and 4 of them have left there.  The leader of the pack at this point is Max Poletto who reached Grasshopper at 14:02.


Thursday, July 06, 2017 2:00pm

Received a call from the volunteer staff at Alturas Elks Lodge.  They are setup and waiting for riders. Nice lawn and nice canopy

to provide shade. Temperature is warm, but cool in the shade. Slight breeze from the South.



Thursday, July 06, 2017, 1:30 pm

Nothing to report.  Waiting on control sheets to be faxed.  Taking it as a sign that control workers are busy taking care of riders.



Thursday, July 06, 2017, 12:45

Only three riders have yet to reach Taylorsville.  The Taylorsville control will close at 4:04 pm.

Barry left Command Central at 11:15 to fulfill grandfatherly commitments.  Expect more dull and uninteresting updates until he returns. 



Thursday, July 06, 2017, 12:10 pm

Following a strong start, Russell Dorobek ended his ride at Tobin from a mechanical failure with a rack that would make continuing unsafe. 

Bryan Kilgore was reported  as DNF by Tobin. 

Michael McMannus decided not to continue beyond Oroville.  Linh Nguyen arrived at Tobin and elected not to continue. 

Carl Sanders left Tobin and then ended his ride at Taylorsville with serious knee pains.


Thursday, July 06, 2017 11:30

Max Poletto was the first rider to reach Susanville, and he has already left there.


Thursday, July 06, 2017 10:35am

Dan is still in his painter coveralls and not painting yet.

Watch for the route arrows entering Susanville. The control is NOT the armory.

Route arrows will be corrected. Best Western Trail side Inn.



Thursday, July 06, 2017

Tim is studying the cue sheets in case he decides to leave the big valley.

Marla is studying the fax sheets from the controls.

Dan and Ann are taking a break.

All is well here.

Tour de France finished in Tyores. no spoilers

Fred Perman & Max Poletto  left 0647 & 0640 from Taylorsville. They were the first to leave.

Matthew Cazalas was next out of the control at 0723.



Thursday, July 06, 2017 10:12

HQ is fully staffed with Dan, Marla, Tim, Ann and yours truly (Barry) on the keys.

Hope you are having a sweet time in the mountains. Any snow on the ground?

What do you want to know?




Thursday, July 06, 2017 9:59am

HQ report. 25 riders have arrived at Taylorsville. 19 have signed out on the way Bolder Creek.

Good Samaritans made it to Taylorsville.

Dionatan witnessed the roll over. Driver over corrected after losing control & heading towards riders.




Thursday, July 06, 2017 9:10am

HQ update: We are starting to warm up the team. New helpers have arrived to tell jokes and drink.

 It’s a cool 75 here with no breeze. Stay cool and drink.

Rider 37 & 72 assisted a driver involved in a single vehicle roll over. 

Stayed about 30 minutes.  Driver not badly hurt. Dionatan Korb and Byron Welch get the Good Samaritan points. 10 each.



Thursday, July 06, 2017 8:00am

The first rider has left Taylorsville,  Max Poletto #57. From Taylorsville there is about 7 miles of valley

flat riding and then the climb up to Antelope Lake begins. The Boulder Creek Water stop is the next

control at Mile 221, 24 miles from Taylorsville.



Thursday, July 06, 2017 7:30am

A few riders are still at Tobin, but most have left. Tobin closes for the outbound leg at 9:00am

The extra loop around Indian Valley and Diamond Valley

makes  for a picture perfect as well as flat 25 mile addition. These loops will not be on the return leg.


Thursday, July 06, 2017 5:45am

Just received word that Carl Sanders #62 is having quite a bit of knee pain on his

way to Taylorsville…



Thursday, July 06, 2017 5:04am

More results are in from the Tobin Resort team.

It’s a huge relief to see Luigi has signed in there at 4:03am

The story continues…  Luigi lost his card.  H.Q. made him another copy

and FAXed to the Tobin.  Now he’s on his way again!!



Thursday, July 06, 2017 3:05am

First results from Tobin Resort are in.

14 Riders arrived within 30 minutes of each other around 2:30am

The lead group seems to contain 12 riders.



Thursday, July 06, 2017 2:05am

Oroville reports everyone in except for Luigi Barisone, rider #7. This control doesn’t

close until 4:00am so he still has time.



Thursday, July 06, 2017 1:05am

Just spoke with the folks at Tobin Resort (mile 136) and there are no riders yet, but they

are ready with home cooked breakfast and rock and roll music!  Good job Scott Agetap and




Thursday, July 06, 2017 1:05am

Just received word from our chief course monitor, Michael Tigges, that all riders are

accounted for. A lead group is climbing Jarbo Gap and some are just making their way

into Oroville.  Seems as though Bryan Kilgore is suffering from gastric distress and may

not continue.



Wednesday, July 05, 2017 11:22pm

Hi Fans-

All GRR riders have passed through the Sutter H2O stop. So Martha and Maureen will be

closing down and getting some sleep. Thanks for all your help! And also a big applause

to the 2018 Sutter High Grad Night Group!



Wednesday, July 05, 2017 10:46pm

Hi avid readers -

First group of riders arrives at Oroville!

Riders: 62,57,55,52,14



Wednesday, July 05, 2017 8:22pm

Hi folks-

The GRR is in progress.  The riders left exactly at 6:00pm.  All except for one hapless

randonneur who got caught in traffic.

Rider #29 rider started late.  My info is that he’ll make up time without problem.

Is the web site for those riders who have SPOT trackers.



Wednesday, July 05, 2017 11:45am

Hi folks-

Well here we are getting set for the 2nd running of the Davis Bike Club’s

Gold Rush Randonnée.


As the start of the first GRR approaches, staff is busy with last minute

details. All the control volunteers are looking forward to spending some

time away from jobs, and regular duties.


The big factor in the ride continues to be the weather. Riders from the

local area that are heat acclimated will be affected by heat the least. Word

from many riders around the States, indicates those from cooler areas are

doing as much as possible to be prepared.


Some hints:

Hydrations systems plus regular frame mounted bottles

Tube socks for filling with ice and wrapping around the neck

Careful planning to avoid the hot areas during daytime hours

Skin care, including sun screen and ointments for other areas of the body


Down at Start/Finish we lucky to have the past President of RUSA, Bill Bryant

checking to make sure riders have good lighting systems.


The ride starts at 6:00PM, so come on down to 3500 Anderson Road in Davis,

CA to help cheer on these 74 brave souls.


More later