View Full Version : Bike Camping: April 12-13

Brad R
04-03-2008, 02:53 PM
Exchange Cycle Tours presents.... BIKE CAMPING!

ECT will be leading a number of bike camping trips this year, and our first such trip is April 12-13. These are completely self-supported camping trips (meaning we carry everything out and back on the bike - no SAG vehicles, no baggage truck). Our first trip of the year is to Champoeg State Park in St. Paul, SE of Newburg.

Champoeg State Park is on open prairie land along the Willamette River, and is the site of Oregon's first provisional government. It is also the start/finish site of the Harvest Century each October. The camping area of the park has 2 motorhome loops, yurts, and a hiker/biker camp on Loop A. The hiker/biker camp is set back from the RV area and has a number of trees in and around it. It sits next to the property line of the park and the private land on the other side is a multi-acre grazing area. There are 6 areas in the hiker/biker camp for campfires / tents, and the site can easily accommodate 20+ cyclists. The best part is it's never full, it's open year-round even when the A loop is closed during winter, and it's only $4 a night.

Did I mention that they have hot showers? Bring a towel. They also have firewood and ice for sale, on-site.

Come join us for a 33-mile ride out to Champoeg State Park, an overnight camping stay, and a 33-mile ride back on Sunday. If you're a first-time bike camper, email execdir[at]exchangecycletours[dot]org for information about what you need to bring with you to safely enjoy this trip. ECT will be offering low-cost Touring 101 classes this summer to help new tourers / bike campers build their touring and camping skills.

For those who want a strenuous workout, a small group of riders will be taking a hillier alternate route to the park - contact Steven Kung at sfnkung[at]gmail[dot]com if you wish more details or to join that group.

2 Day Event - Saturday/Sunday 04/12-13 ECT Camping Event - Champoeg State Park

Sponsored by the Community Exchange Cycle Touring Club: We leave no riders behind.

Forecast: Chance of showers, mostly cloudy, expected high 55 degrees

Starting point: Madison Plaza (underneath east side of Hawthorne Bridge)
Ending point: Madison Plaza (This ride will return to the starting point on the second day)

Distance: 33 miles, one-way. 33 miles on day two. (Note: since this is a loaded tour, the 33 miles will feel more like 50-55 miles. Plan accordingly)

Expected Duration: 4-5 hours one-way.

Pace: Moderate - pace will be slow due to load. We will regroup periodically throughout the ride. No rider left behind. There are 2-3 large hills along the route at the top of which the group will stop briefly to rest and regroup.

Assemble: 8:30 AM, Depart: 9:00 AM (Note: Please arrive before the departure time so you can receive route information and so loads can be adjusted / balanced properly for the trip)

Route Description: South on Eastbank Esplanade to Sellwood, through Sellwood to SE 17th Ave. Through Milwaukie to River Rd to 99E Clackamas River bridge. Clackamette Drive to Main Street to 15th St. Washington St. through Oregon City to 10th, Monroe, 7th, Molalla Ave. Holmes to Warner Parrott to Central Point Rd. New Era Rd to Haines to NE Territorial in Canby. N Birch to S Knights Bridge to Arndt Rd. Arndt to Butteville Rd to Schuler to back entrance of Champoeg State Park.

Route Map:

Our Club Ride General Guidelines/Info:
Note: Revised general guidelines are being drafted to provide for the extended nature of the camping trips.

Ride Leader and contact information:
Matt Picio

Community Exchange Cycle Touring Club and Bike School
(Exchange Cycle Tours)

Matt P.
04-08-2008, 03:08 PM
Latest forecast for this weekend's camping:

Saturday: Sunny, high of 70 degrees
Sat Night: Mostly cloudy, low around 45
Sunday: Slight chance of showers, partly sunny, high of 64

It's going to be glorious - come camp with us!

04-09-2008, 06:09 AM
Latest forecast for this weekend's camping:

Saturday: Sunny, high of 70 degrees
Sat Night: Mostly cloudy, low around 45
Sunday: Slight chance of showers, partly sunny, high of 64

It's going to be glorious - come camp with us!

I'll be there and I may bring a kid or two.

Brad R
04-15-2008, 12:12 AM
The trip was a blast. I think Matt is writing up a
full report, but until then, here is the first round of pictures.


Jeff Cropp's: