Cycle Oregon participant dies during sleep in Grants Pass

Posted on September 19th, 2009 at 12:37 pm.

The Cycle Oregon camp at
Riverside Park in Grants Pass.
(Photo © J. Maus)

BikePortland has confirmed that a man died in his tent Thursday night in Grants Pass while participating in the Cycle Oregon ride.

Someone on the ride first told us about the situation Friday night and then confirmed the death with official EMTs. This morning, I spoke with Cycle Oregon ride director Jerry Norquist. Norquist confirmed that the death occurred on Thursday and that the Grants Pass Police Department is doing an investigation.


Cycle Oregon Day 5: From a bakery buffet to cheerleaders

Posted on September 17th, 2009 at 11:26 pm.

Cycle Oregon Day 5 - Glendale to Grants Pass-26
Rolling over the (newly rebuilt)
historic Wimer Covered Bridge.
-Slideshow below-
(Photos © J. Maus)

Today’s ride took us 76 miles from the small timber town of Glendale to the bustling southern Oregon city of Grants Pass.

The morning started out a bit dreary and overcast, but the first rest stop brightened everyone’s mood. Heaven on Earth Restaurant (along I-5, just north of Grants Pass) hosted the stop and they went all out, serving an all-you-can-eat buffet of baked goods — cinnamon rolls, marionberry pie, apple crisp, fresh homemade cookies, and so on.

And it was all free. They were just happy to have us. Now that’s smart marketing (I’m already planning to stop on my drive back up to Portland!).


Cycle Oregon Day 4: A ‘wild and scenic’ journey

Posted on September 16th, 2009 at 10:02 pm.

Rolling along Galice Road with the Rogue River below.
-Slideshow below-
(Photos © J. Maus)


Cycle Oregon Day 3: Over Grayback and back into Oregon

Posted on September 15th, 2009 at 9:05 pm.

Nothing like a guy dressed up as a pirate to get you through a tough climb.
-Slideshow below-
(Photos © J. Maus)


Cycle Oregon Day 2: To a place called Happy Camp

Posted on September 14th, 2009 at 6:33 pm.

The Klamath River was our constant companion as we made our way to Happy Camp.
-Slideshow below/Day 2 Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)


Cycle Oregon Day 1: Riding into the State of Jefferson

Posted on September 13th, 2009 at 11:25 pm.

Cycle Oregon 2009 - Day 1-8
Rolling through the countryside
south of Medford.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

If the rest of the week is this hard, I’m not sure what I’ll do. Usually Cycle Oregon begins with easy, meandering miles. It’s a traditional parade lap before the real riding begins on the second or third day. But not this time.

On today’s 67 mile journey from Medford to Yreka (not in California the organizers implore, but in the State of Jefferson) the nine mile climb up to Siskiyou Summit (elevation 4,500 feet) was supposed to be the hardest part. Of course, that was before headwinds kicked up just before noon.

The ride started perfectly, with an easy jaunt south from Medford, through rolling farm valleys full of pear orchards so lush I heard one woman wonder out loud “I’m tempted to go pick a few of them.” Our first stop was in Ashland’s legendary Lithia Park and then a few miles later we were out in rural farm country once again.


Cycle Oregon: Notes and photos from base camp

Posted on September 13th, 2009 at 10:49 pm.

Cycle Oregon 2009 - Day 0-14
Bags, tents, and a bit of controlled
chaos is typical for Day 0
at Cycle Oregon.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

Cycle Oregon‘s 23rd year got started Saturday when 2,200-plus riders (and a few hundred volunteers, staff, and vendors) showed up in Medford. In front of them was 437 miles of epic riding through southern Oregon and northern California (a.k.a. the State of Jefferson).

I missed the ride last year (after doing it in 2006 and 2007) but I was quickly re-acquainted with the familiar sights and sounds — people lugging around their huge bags, the hum of generators, the mini-Bike Gallery retail shop and service center, tent city, and of course, bumping into old friends.


Checking in and thanks

Posted on September 13th, 2009 at 9:43 pm.

Eleni (6) and Danica (4) Maus
in front of my Dad’s house
in Grants Pass.

Hi everyone. As you might have noticed, last week I was away from the office on a camping trip with the family. Now this week I’m still camping — only this time I’m doing it with 2,500 other people as part of Cycle Oregon.

I’m in Yreka, California now, having completed Day 1 of the ride. I have loads of photos and notes to share, but before I do, I want to say thanks to a few people.