2019 Midweek Drive Silver Falls Loop

Summary:

Start at the French Prairie Rest Area on I-5 Southbound, leave the Interstate and drive through Willamette Valley to Silverton for a rest stop. After the break, leave Silverton and drive a loop around the Silver Falls State Park and arrive at Keizer Station for Lunch.

Original Date:

7/23/2019

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

French Prairie Rest Area – Southbound
I-5, Aurora, OR 97002

Destination:

Rest Stop:
Coolidge McClaine Park
300 Coolidge St, Silverton, OR 97381

 

Lunch Stop:
Bargarten Bavarian Social Haus
6045 Keizer Station Blvd, Keizer, OR 97303

Tour Distance:

~81 Miles (24 Miles + 57 Miles) plus distance to Starting Point and Return Drive from Keizer

Driving Time:

~2 1/2 hours 

Scenic App:

This tour is in the ORPCA club library for the Scenic App.
There are 2 route parts titled:
7-23-19 Silver Falls Loop – Part 1
7-23-19 Silver Falls Loop – Part 2
Scenic User Guide

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Part 2

Part 1
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2019 Midweek Drive to Troutdale

Summary:

Start at the End of Oregon Trail Parking lot in Oregon City. From there you take backroads to Dabney State Recreation Area at the Sandy River for a stop. Then you continue tothe Old Columbia River Highway, wind your way aup and down Larch Mountain Road and then through backroads to Troutdale for Lunch.

Tour Document:

Original Date:

5/14/2019

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

End of Oregon Trail – Parking Lot
1726 Washington Street 
Oregon City, OR 97045

Destination:

Rest Stop:
Dabney State Recreation Area

Lunch Stop:
Ristorante Di Pompello
177 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060

Tour Distance:

~92 Miles (31 Miles + 61 Miles)

Driving Time:

~2 1/2 hours 

Scenic App:

This tour is in the ORPCA club library for the Scenic App.
There are 2 route parts titled:
5-14-19 Midweek Drive Part 1
5/14-19 Midweek Drive Part 2
Scenic User Guide

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Part 2

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2019 May Arrive and Drive to McMinnville

Summary:

Start at Millers Homestead in Tualatin. First leg brings you along the Williamette River to the Magness Tree Farm in Sherwood for a first stop. From there the second leg takes a twisty northern loop around Newberg and brings you up to the Bald Peak State Park for a second stop. This final leg brings you down to McMinnville to the Golden Valley Brewery for Lunch.

Tour Document:

Original Date:

5/11/2019

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Miller’s Homestead
17933 SW McEwan Rd,
Portland, OR 97224

Destinations:

Rest Stop 1:
Mangess Tree Farm
31195 SW Ladd Hill Rd,
Sherwood, OR 97140

Rest Stop 2:
Bald Peak State Park
24730 SW Bald Peak Rd,
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Lunch Stop:
Golden Valley Brewery & Restaurant
4308, 980 NE 4th St,
McMinnville, OR 97128

Tour Distance:

~74 Miles (23 Miles + 27 Miles + 24 Miles)

Driving Time:

~2 1/2 hours 

Scenic App:

This tour is in the ORPCA club library for the Scenic App.
There are 3 route parts titled:
5-11-19 Arrive & Drive Part 1
5-11-19 Arrive & Drive Part 2
5-11-19 Arrive & Drive Part 3
Scenic User Guide

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Part 1
Part 2
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To PCCB or not?

Recently there was an industry article about Porsche’s PCCB (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake; signified by their yellow calipers) and whether they were the best brakes to use for track days (including high performance driver education, autocross, etc) or those who are heavy-footed on the “slow” pedal. Porsche Australia’s technical representative Paul Watson reported that iron brake discs are recommended over carbon discs for those who are heavy on the brakes or tracking their vehicle. Why? The issue revolves around heat; heat can quickly degrade the carbon fibers in the PCCB discs. The harder you are on the brake pedal, the more friction(heat) builds up, taxing the carbon rotors quicker than iron/steel rotors would be taxed in the same braking scenario.

You might remember long ago that Porsche had stated that PCCB’s could last the lifetime of the vehicle. This could be true for the owner who has the vehicle sitting in a collection and rarely drives it, or who drives light-footed on the brakes. But for spirited drivers and those hard on the brake pedal including during any “track” exercises, PCCB’s may wear out sooner than you anticipated. With replacement costs in the $20k+ range for front and rear, it might make you re-think adorning the sexy PCCB’s on your next Porsche.

So who are PCCB’s probably the best for?

-All-out racecars where the driver wants the lightest unsprung weight for best acceleration and deceleration (calculated in milliseconds), and have the budget for changing out worn brake parts often.

-Those who are light on the brakes and want the unique look of carbon-ceramic rotors and yellow calipers.

-Those who are OCD about keeping their vehicle as clean as possible, as carbon brakes significantly reduce the amount of brake dust accumulating on the wheels/vehicle (although it is important to note that there are ceramic brake pads available for vehicles with iron discs who want to reduce brake dust, but keep in mind ceramic pads typically require a bit more pedal effort to be applied than semi-metallic brake pads do).

Please feel welcome to post here with any questions.

Jeremy Williams is the Oregon PCA Technical editor. He co-owns Matrix Integrated Inc. (Matrix Integrated Inc.) with his brother Justin. Jeremy can be reached at techeditor@oregonpca.org

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2019 Cabin Fever Tour

Summary:

Start at the north end of the Hood River Bridge, climb up to the plateau above the Columbia River and wind your way to Richland for 2 nights at the Lodge at the Columbia Point. The second day leads on back rouds through the Palouse to the Weinhard Cafe in Dayton for Lunch, then to Walla Walla and then back to the hotel for dinner.

Original Date:

4/26/2019

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Heritage Plaza Park and Drive north of the Hood River Bridge

Destination:

Lodge at Columbia Point, Richland, Walla Walla

Tour Distance:

Day 1: 187.9 Miles (67.7 + 90.4 + 29.8 Miles)
Day 2: 235.5 Miles (32.3 + 28.2 + 65.9 + 109.1 Miles) 

Driving Time:

Day 1: ~ 4 hours
Day 2: ~ 6 hours

Scenic App:

This tour is in the ORPCA club library for the Scenic App.
There are 4 route parts titled:
2019 Cabin Fever Tour – Day 1 – Morning
2019 Cabin Fever Tour – Day 1 – Afternoon
2019 Cabin Fever Tour – Day 2 – Morning
2019 Cabin Fever Tour – Day 2 – Afternoon

For details on how to use Scenic please read the Scenic User Guide.

Google Map:

Day 1 - Afternoon
Day 1 - Morning
Day 2 - Morning
Day 2 - Afternoon

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2019 Midweek Drive to Vernonia

Summary:

Start at the Fred Meyer Parking Lot in Hillsboro. From there climb up Cornelius Pass Road, turn onto Skyline Rd and wind your way down to Scappoose and then through many twists and turn to Vernonia for a rest stop at the Vernonia City Park Lake. Continue through Vernonia, take Timber road and follow it again with many twists and turn until you hit Highway 6 which takes you back to Highway 26 and to the destination at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse for Lunch.

Tour Document:

Original Date:

4/23/2019

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Fred Meyer Parking Lot,
22075 NE Imbrie Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Destination:

Rest Stop:
City Lake Park, Vernonia

Lunch Stop:
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse,
4045 NE Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Tour Distance:

~87 Miles (42.9 Miles + 44.7 Miles)

Driving Time:

~3 hours 

Scenic App:

This tour is in the ORPCA club library for the Scenic App.
There are 2 route parts titled:
4-23-19 Midweek Drive Vernonia Part 1
4-23-19 Midweek Drive Vernonia Part 2
Scenic User Guide

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Porsche Traction in the Winter

Are you daily driving your Porsche sportscar with summer tires in these winter months? Wanting to take it up to the mountain for winter activities, but hesitant to do so because it’s rear-wheel drive (RWD) vs all-wheel drive (AWD)? Or are you driving your AWD Cayenne or Macan up to the mountain with summer tires, confident that AWD will get you through whatever Mother Nature throws your way? Here’s a fantastic video about why winter tires are extremely important in the winter months, on RWD (or FWD) or even AWD vehicles! I think you may be a bit surprised as to what your vehicle is capable of with the proper tires:

Please feel welcome to post here with any questions.

Jeremy Williams is the Oregon PCA Technical editor. He co-owns Matrix Integrated Inc. (Matrix Integrated Inc.) with his brother Justin. Jeremy can be reached at techeditor@oregonpca.org

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