This trip started as a now annual loaded tour that Don and I have been doing for about 5 years. The original plan was to ride around the Malheur Wildlife Refuge and Steens Mountain. We decided not to pursue that due to the excessive numbers of mosquitoes in that area at this time of the year (not the aftermath of the Bundy boys as some might guess).
Don Spencer and I came up with the idea of having a final tour of the year in mid-September. The route we envisioned started in Hillsboro and made its way to the coast via the Banks Vernonia trail and then highways 47 and 202 to Astoria and Ft. Stevens. The return was to be across the Megler bridge to Ilwaco and then Cathlamet via highways 401 and 4 with a ferry crossing to Oregon from the Puget Islands to Westport. Oregon weather is usually unpredictable and this year was no exception.
This tour was conjured up last year by Don Spencer with some help from me after riding west to east across Oregon. Most people including Don and myself have spent time in the Wallowas and the Snake River Canyon area because it is spectacular and sometimes referred to as the Oregon Alps with high granite alpine mountains, deep glacier formed valleys and a myriad of lakes throughout the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the middle.
The photos in this gallery are an expanded view of the 2015 L'Eroica briefly encapsulated in the July 2015 Quick Release. L'Eroica rides were started in Italy in 1997 with the first one including 85 riders. They have since exploded in popularity and are held throughout Europe, the UK, Japan and California. The PWTC L'Eroica although unofficial is the first one held in Oregon.
Video by Kathleen Hellem on the September 2014 Cycle Oregon Lite ride:
This is part 2 of the ride across Oregon completed this summer. Part 1 was completed prior to this and is in the following photo essay. Don Spencer and I did a car scouting trip of potential routes to Long Beach from Portland earlier this year. This was in anticipation of riding there to join Bud's Long Beach weekend. We came up with a plan to meet at Maggie's Buns in Forest Grove as the start location and go from there to Cape Disappointment State Park via the Banks Vernonia trail, Astoria via Highways 47 and 202 and then Cape Disappointment via the Astoria Metzger
A day by day photo essay of a SAG supported tour from Portland to Ontario. The 3 riders were Don Spencer (leader), Mike Faden, myself and Brian Hammer for a piece of the Unity to Ontario leg while providing SAG support. The route started through the Gorge with 3 short intervals on I-84 where no other access was possible and in one case to avoid climbing over the Women's Forum route on the old highway. Day 1 went from PDX to Deschutes State park east of the Dalles (97 miles, 4,183' climbing, 16.6 mph avg, tailwind). Day 2 traveled from Deschutes state park to Fossil (
President Ann Morrow and Tom Carter leader PWTC members and guests on our annual start of the year ride. About 40 riders endured sub-freezing temperatures to ride with friends new and old. Welcome to all and hope to see you on another ride soon.
Please go to http://tinyurl.com/8h7b95g to see photos of the 2012 Club Picnic. These are on Arden's Picasa website.
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Click on the collage and then arrow through photos at full size to get all the gory details of bicyclists in beach weather. It started out in a drizzle but we did have some sun in the afternoons. About 30 - 32 riders showed up to pedal the back country roads around Lewis & Clark's stomping grounds.