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CDT2008
08-29-2008, 06:32 PM
Hi,

I'm hoping to get some local knowledge here. We're coming down the Pacific coast on a cycling tour. We're following the "adventure cycling" maps most of the way. We're looking a couple recommendations:

1. The best "bike friendly" road to take from Grand Ronde to Portland.
2. Can you recommend a good microbrewery that can handle about 30 cyclists/support staff?

Thanks in advance for your replies.

Kind regards,

CDT '08 Planning commitee.

ds3509
08-31-2008, 10:14 AM
I don't know a good route, so I'm just going to post a link to the Reach the Beach website. That route goes through Grand Ronde, so you could just follow that route in reverse. I've only ridden the Amity route, never the Portland route.

http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/ccp.asp?ievent=256132&ccp=53756

http://www.goodsportpromotion.com/events/rtb/routes/portland.pdf

lynnef
08-31-2008, 02:34 PM
A slight, yet MUCH nicer modification of the Reach the Beach route, which you would be reversing is to turn right onto Grand Ronde road, and follow it past the reservation down to Hwy 18 (there is a store at the intersection).

Turn left onto Hwy 18 (easier here than it is further east at Valley Junction), follow it past the Casino, and turn right onto Yamhill River Road. That will take you into Willamina, avoiding the heavy traffic and evil rumble strips of Hwy 18/22

vincentpaul
08-31-2008, 04:30 PM
A slight, yet MUCH nicer modification of the Reach the Beach route, which you would be reversing is to turn right onto Grand Ronde road, and follow it past the reservation down to Hwy 18 (there is a store at the intersection).

lynnef is right, the RTB route is very nice, and I second her modification as well. Very pleasant route, with a wide variety of scenery. HOWEVER, the RTB only takes you as far Scholls Ferry Road in SW Beaverton. If you're looking to get to downtown PDX, I'd suggest continuing through the route below:

Scholls Ferry North to Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. Right on B-H and on up to Capitol Hwy., over the hill past Wilson High School, down about a half-mile, then left on Terwilliger. Terwilliger ends up at Sam Jackson; turn right and the road curves around and becomes 6th.

I have heard others express dislike for Beaverton-Hillsdale hwy, but I find it not bad at all, once you cross the line into Multnomah county, which is where the bike lane starts. There is a tricky spot right where B-H turns into Capitol Hwy: there is a turn-off for Bertha blvd. where cars are supposed to (according to the signage) "Yield to Bikes", but they *never* do.

This route has the least elevation gain, and Terwilliger is a beautiful stretch of road.

As for bike friendly Brew Pubs, the Lucky Labrador just across the river from downtown (on Hawthorn) is very popular among cyclists.