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    What about Rider Guests?   Do I need a PSV?  
    PSV – Personal Support Vehicle – a car or RV someone drives from campsite to campsite. If you need someone to drive the same course that the cyclists are on, then Cycle Oregon will not generally approve. The roads are very narrow - sometimes one lane - and full of cyclists. If you wish to have someone eat dinner, breakfast, and camp with you then these people are welcome although space is somewhat limited and they may not be camped close to the main camp. CO calls these people "Rider Guests". They are given different routing and are responsible for providing their own lunches and daytime activities. Most of the following posts use the term "PSV" in the way Cycle Oregon uses "Rider Guest".

PSV's are usually requested (strongly) that they take an alternate route to the next stop so as to not be on the same course as the riders for safety reasons. Unless there is no other route, the CO support vehicles take this other route. My wife can verify this having worked for Rider Services for 5 years. Hope this helps.

Ron Howden

Friends of ours have done the "PSV thing" for several years. They keep coming back, so guess they find it okay. The only complaint I have heard them mention is that depending upon the camp layout space each day, sometimes their vehicles are located a distance away from the main tent area and activity area. On CO#10 this happened on several nites. On CO#11, I don't think so much. Usually PSVs are nearby or adjacent to; but always the PSV group is separate from the rest of tent city, as you can imagine, for safety reasons. Wouldn't want vehicles driving amongst our tents and bikes!

And as was previously mentioned, PSVs are required NOT to follow the main cycling route each day with the riders (unless there's no other route). CO will give you a map showing which route to travel. Remember the "S" in PSV stands for Support, and that means to support ALL riders by staying off the cycling route. CO vehicles will provide more than ample support for every rider.


On the subject of bringing a personal support vehicle and trailer. I had some friends bring a motor home a few years ago and it was not altogether a good experience. First, Cycle Oregon tries to keep such vehicles off of the same roads used by the riders (possibly not an option in some areas this year [CO 12]). However, that also keeps the personal support people away from the snack, lunch and scenic areas that the ride goes through. Also, often the overnight area for the personal support vehicles is remote from the main Cycle Oregon camp area which isolates those people from the group. A lot of the Cycle Oregon experience is dealing with the baggage, standing in the shower and porta-potty lines and living in camp. I would really miss that. If she wants to come, bring a car and a tent, camp with C/O and have her get to camp early and set up the tent, or at least get a good site.

Frank Conner

I tented with the riders the last couple of days of CO 7 when Bob was riding. The kids and I drove to the next site and set up the tent about noon. There is plenty to see and you can visit the area while you wait. Watching the CO staff set up the support services, showers, blue rooms, etc. in just the right places is an education in itself. I never would have thought you could get a semi truck and trailer around that corner. (And they did 6!)

However, have a flag or something to mark where the tent is set up and leave a message on the message board (BTW, there are two of these so get the right one) and that way she doesn't have to hang around waiting for you to show up. Since people show up over about a 6 hour time span this gets pretty boring.

BTW, by the second day the kids were fairly bored with the whole idea. Not all that much around a CO campsite is really geared for kids (unless they have been riding – and then they are tired out already.)

Rox Heath

Hi Curt,

This year [CO 13] you traveled with your family and as a result camped outside of the CO corral. As a result, you could not be a part of the "extended CO family". Did you miss that? Was being with your real family an acceptable substitute? If you had you're druthers, would you bring your real family or adopt the CO family?

Steve Heim


Bottom line: No doubt, I would do the family thing again - but somehow bring them into the corral. So - it was a mixed bag from the TBB-togetherness point of view. Of the ten CO's I've done, the last two have had the best level of "association" - thanks to TBB. What you have seen on the list about a hunnert friends instead of 6 or 8 or less holds for mootoo.

At least my wife and I have had several opportunities to mingle with the local herd, including today on our 45 miler. As to next year, we will probably get more creative.

Curt (The Ol' Fart From Happy Rock) Coleman

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