Posted by: Jack | November 1, 2008

Verboort Sausage Populaire

Despite plenty of lengthy bike rides in the past year, my previous record for distance covered by human-powered transport was set on unicycle (50 miles). Amidst today’s continual drizzle and accompanied by another bastard, formally known as Max Taint, I surpassed that record by completing the Oregon Randonneur’s Verboort Sausage Populaire Metric Century (100 km/~62 mi) in Forest Grove. Again, accomplished on unicycle.

Lately my body has been very cooperative during feats of endurance but today was an exception. It would seem that my post-marathon laziness has allowed my muscles to atrophy and as a result, the ride was incredibly more difficult than expected. My back ached, my legs whined and my spirits dwindled. 

However, we still managed a very respectable pace, completing the 100 km in 5 hours 42 minutes; ahead of a number of bicyclists.

The ride’s namesake comes from the Verboort Sausage Festival that marks the finish line where hundreds of rural Oregonian’s gather to consume highly overpriced, traditional sausage dinners as part of a fund raiser for some church. The sausage was surprisingly refreshing and provided much needed calories for the extra 3 miles back to the car.

Though only a few miles outside of the city, this glimpse into the culture of the surrounding towns was a big reminder of Portland’s bubble of isolation. Dialect, manner of dress and even walking style were all distinctively un-Portland. And for every child who was understandably enthralled by our enormous unicycles, there were five or six adults who honestly appeared offended by our choice to do something beyond the norm.

I always find it interesting that nothing more than my presence can actually have a negative impact on someone’s day. On the upside, in a less close-minded environment, a unicycle ride can be extremely uplifting as it draws smiles and laughter from a majority of on-lookers.

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