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Cycle Oregon 2006

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ODOT, State Police go extra mile for safety on Cycle Oregon

Posted on September 14th, 2012 at 10:58 am.

[BikePortland contributor Will Vanlue is on the Cycle Oregon ride this week. This is his latest dispatch.] Plenty of cones help keep things safe as Cycle Oregon riders roll down Highway 97.(Photos by Will Vanlue) Cycle Oregon’s mission of helping the economies of Oregon’s rural communities keeps the route, for the most part, on quiet Read More »

Bly’s Bikes welcome Cycle Oregon

Posted on September 9th, 2012 at 8:48 am.

One of the many bikes rolled out by residents of Bly, Oregon to welcome Cycle Oregon riders. The 25th anniversary of the ride starts today.(Photos by Will Vanlue)

Cycle Oregon Day 7 – Union to Umatilla

Posted on September 18th, 2006 at 10:18 am.

Today’s route: 49 miles, 1,300 ft. elevation gain Today we packed up for the last time and faced a stiff headwind for a short but sweet ride back into Umatilla. The route rolled through wheat farm country dotted with old barns and back through the Walla Walla onion crops I remembered from our first day. Read More »

Cycle Oregon Day 6 – Union to Athena

Posted on September 18th, 2006 at 9:53 am.

[Leaving Union] What bike tour would be complete without at least one epic day? Today was that day. After a smattering of rain last night, we embarked on our penultimate day’s ride under our first morning of questionable weather so far. Ominous clouds lingered overhead and riders suited up for the worst. At last night’s Read More »

Cycle Oregon Day 5 – Rest day in Union

Posted on September 18th, 2006 at 9:06 am.

[Camped on the UnionHigh School football field.] Today is our rest day here in the great little town of Union, Oregon and if you want to know what Cycle Oregon is all about, this day pretty much sums it up. The 3,000 or so riders, volunteer and crew that make up Cycle Oregon have descended Read More »

Cycle Oregon Day 4 – Sumpter to Union

Posted on September 14th, 2006 at 4:00 pm.

Well, I made it. Yesterday we left Sumpter and climbed up and over Anthony Lakes pass at 7,400 feet. Now I’m here in Union (population 2,000), yet another charming old town I feel lucky to visit. We arrived yesterday and today is our layover day. There’s an optional 91 mile ride that I’m sure would Read More »

Cycle Oregon Day 3 – Starkey to Sumpter

Posted on September 14th, 2006 at 2:49 pm.

[Leaving Starkey] Ride Details: 53 miles, 4,400 feet elevation gain This morning we left Starkey and rode along the Grande Ronde River valley. It was a frigid but unbelievably gorgeous start to the day. I couldn’t resist joining the many other riders that stopped on a bridge for a cheesy photo of me and the Read More »

Cycle Oregon – Camp at Starkey

Posted on September 14th, 2006 at 2:49 pm.

[Dave, owner ofthe Starkey Store] The folks in Starkey, like Heppner and Umatilla, welcomed us with open arms; all 42 of them. Starkey is the first real small town we’ve stayed in. Total population is 21 and according to Dave (owner of the Starkey Store) they were the last town in Oregon to get phone Read More »

Cycle Oregon Day 2 – Heppner to Starkey

Posted on September 14th, 2006 at 1:15 pm.

[Leaving Heppner] Ride details: 82 miles, 6000 feet elevation gain Leaving Heppner was bittersweet. While I looked forward to getting back in the saddle and the ride into Starkey, I felt like I didn’t have enough time to enjoy the sweet little town nestled between golden, rolling hills. The community in Heppner gladly let Cycle Read More »

Cycle Oregon: Day 1 to Heppner

Posted on September 11th, 2006 at 7:05 am.

Well I made it to Heppner; 70 miles down, 520 to go. The ride was fantastic. Ideal weather, wide-open countryside, and wispy clouds set against a perfectly blue sky and empty roads. I rolled out of Umatilla and kept to myself for the first 20 miles or so. I just wanted to let the feeling Read More »

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