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lacorota
02-13-2011, 11:43 PM
When I can budge out of bed sufficiently early, I like to sneak in a century ride on good weather Saturdays. My favorite (it's close) is looping from Hollywood out and beyond Scapoose, back, lap Sauvie Island, X St. Johns into N. Portland, Kelly Point, east to Blue Lake Park and back home. It's flat as a pancake, but a decent close in ride. I've got other combinations too, but I'd like to hear from others out there what's your favorite 100-miler. I'm surfing for some new turf to ride. I always prefer rides starting from my door (no driving). In a month, we get to move the clocks forward and have some late light to ride by.

thumbprinterr
02-14-2011, 07:40 AM
try bridge of the gods and back - east on the 14, cross the bridge, return on the historic highway. epic beauty. check rubbertotheroad.com for details. there's a stretch where you have to ride on the 84 but its only one mile and the shoulder is pretty wide....

K'Tesh
02-14-2011, 07:50 AM
I've uploaded a link to my century route (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/18916556;jsessionid=DA02763308D46381AFACC3C8D78627 FD).

It's a lot more urban than most though

Simple Nature
02-14-2011, 08:19 AM
Have you looked at the "Reach the Beach" route?

http://action.lungusa.org/site/DocServer/web_maps_2010.pdf?docID=3121

http://action.lungusa.org/site/TR?fr_id=3050&pg=entry

brock
02-14-2011, 01:33 PM
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/5117592

kg/f
02-14-2011, 05:20 PM
I would not recommend crossing the Bridge of the Gods. It would be like riding on the Hawthorne steel deck, only much longer, with the addition of a 200' drop into the Columbia if you make a mistake. Other than that...

drosen
02-15-2011, 04:16 PM
I like riding to Pacific City. Pelican Pub is the best.

Anyway, I ride from my house in the Rock Creek area to Carlton then head west on Meadow Lake Road. It's a tough 1:45 of climbing to 2000 feet but there is practically no traffic until you hit Beaver. You then have a bit on 101 and head to Woods and then to Pacific City. It's about 103 or so. There's a crummy 1-2 mile gravel part of the ride but if you survive that (I've ridden this route three times) you have a very scenic ride.

Simple Nature
02-15-2011, 05:13 PM
I like riding to Pacific City. Pelican Pub is the best.

Anyway, I ride from my house in the Rock Creek area to Carlton then head west on Meadow Lake Road. It's a tough 1:45 of climbing to 2000 feet but there is practically no traffic until you hit Beaver. You then have a bit on 101 and head to Woods and then to Pacific City. It's about 103 or so. There's a crummy 1-2 mile gravel part of the ride but if you survive that (I've ridden this route three times) you have a very scenic ride.

Would love to see this one mapped out.

Alan
02-16-2011, 12:16 AM
I would not recommend crossing the Bridge of the Gods. It would be like riding on the Hawthorne steel deck, only much longer, with the addition of a 200' drop into the Columbia if you make a mistake. Other than that...

I see bikes on BotG fairly often; hikers, too, because it's where the Cascade Crest trail crosses. Speed limit is 15, passing prohibited. Not sure the metal grate part is much longer than Hawthorne, but yeah, you must ride right on the grate, it's quite higher and spectacular, and a bit freaky because it's so easy to see through to the river below. Not easy to fall off accidentally, though, it has a good guard rail.

Thumbprinterr, I have to ask about Hwy 14, though. I've not ridden it and although I occasionally see bikes on it, it's quite narrow in many spots, often minimal shoulders, fast and moderately high traffic volume, and short sight lines. I gather your experience on it was OK? Any suggestions or advice about that part of the ride? Only one comment mentions it in http://www.rubbertotheroad.com/?p=57 and I have to wonder about write-up since it places the Chevron station on the wrong side of Bonneville Dam and doesn't mention the Skamania General Store at all.

thumbprinterr
02-16-2011, 09:21 AM
I see bikes on BotG fairly often; hikers, too, because it's where the Cascade Crest trail crosses. Speed limit is 15, passing prohibited. Not sure the metal grate part is much longer than Hawthorne, but yeah, you must ride right on the grate, it's quite higher and spectacular, and a bit freaky because it's so easy to see through to the river below. Not easy to fall off accidentally, though, it has a good guard rail.

Thumbprinterr, I have to ask about Hwy 14, though. I've not ridden it and although I occasionally see bikes on it, it's quite narrow in many spots, often minimal shoulders, fast and moderately high traffic volume, and short sight lines. I gather your experience on it was OK? Any suggestions or advice about that part of the ride? Only one comment mentions it in http://www.rubbertotheroad.com/?p=57 and I have to wonder about write-up since it places the Chevron station on the wrong side of Bonneville Dam and doesn't mention the Skamania General Store at all.

the BoG is totally safe to ride over - i did it in a light rain and it was no problem at all. just follow normal precautions - keep a steady grip on the bars, look where you want to go, no sudden accelerations or braking. there is no way to fall off the side without getting off your bike and climbing over the rail, plus the 'roadway' is well separated from the guardrail. looking down while riding over the grating is very surreal, it becomes difficult to gauge the distance to the water in an interesting way. :)

as for the 14, it is true that there is very little shoulder on stretches of it, i have only done the ride leaving portland on a summer weekday morning and traffic was light to non-existent.

Alan
02-16-2011, 10:28 AM
Weekday mornings...great advice! Thanks! :)

lynnef
02-16-2011, 11:41 AM
Bridge of the Gods is perfectly fine to ride on. I've done it in dry weather, wet weather, windy weather. Take the lane, stay calm... No problems. Best part is looking down.

I would not recommend crossing the Bridge of the Gods. It would be like riding on the Hawthorne steel deck, only much longer, with the addition of a 200' drop into the Columbia if you make a mistake. Other than that...

lynnef
02-16-2011, 11:46 AM
I see bikes on BotG fairly often; hikers, too, because it's where the Cascade Crest trail crosses. Speed limit is 15, passing prohibited. Not sure the metal grate part is much longer than Hawthorne, but yeah, you must ride right on the grate, it's quite higher and spectacular, and a bit freaky because it's so easy to see through to the river below. Not easy to fall off accidentally, though, it has a good guard rail.

Thumbprinterr, I have to ask about Hwy 14, though. I've not ridden it and although I occasionally see bikes on it, it's quite narrow in many spots, often minimal shoulders, fast and moderately high traffic volume, and short sight lines. I gather your experience on it was OK? Any suggestions or advice about that part of the ride? Only one comment mentions it in http://www.rubbertotheroad.com/?p=57 and I have to wonder about write-up since it places the Chevron station on the wrong side of Bonneville Dam and doesn't mention the Skamania General Store at all.

SR14 - I've ridden it from I205 (well, the old hwy until it merges w/SR14) as far east as just east of Carson, then stretches from Bingen to the Hwy97 turnoff

Parts do not have much, if any shoulder, true. I've only ridden it on weekends; can't speak to weekday traffic.

The descent from Cape Horn eastbound can be a bit interesting if it is windy and/or rainy. That said, I'm still here. :)

Places to stop and eat - Burgerville in Camas. Skamania General Store. There might be something in North Bonneville; I've never stopped. Cascade Locks has many choices. Multnomah Falls (try the handmade ice cream sandwiches!), Troutdale, and then you are back in the land of convenience stores.

Alan
02-16-2011, 01:09 PM
SR14 - I've ridden it from I205 (well, the old hwy until it merges w/SR14) as far east as just east of Carson, then stretches from Bingen to the Hwy97 turnoff

Parts do not have much, if any shoulder, true. I've only ridden it on weekends; can't speak to weekday traffic.

The descent from Cape Horn eastbound can be a bit interesting if it is windy and/or rainy. That said, I'm still here. :)

:D

Well, FWIW, I'd like to try it when I get a chance, but I also think it's only fair to point out that riders should be confident in their abilities and aware of those conditions. I'll also mention that Hwy 14, as the only east-west route south of Hwy 12 (White Pass), gets quite a bit of commercial truck traffic, even semis with doubles, from truckers who don't have Oregon permits to use I-84.

Places to stop and eat - Burgerville in Camas. Skamania General Store. There might be something in North Bonneville; I've never stopped. Cascade Locks has many choices. Multnomah Falls (try the handmade ice cream sandwiches!), Troutdale, and then you are back in the land of convenience stores.

N. Bonne has gas station food and there has been a cafe there, but it may have closed or reduced its hours in the past year, I'm not sure.

Stevenson, 3.0 miles up Hwy 14 from BotG, has very good food at Big River Grill or El Rio (right across Hwy 14 from each other, same owner), as well as full grocery and hardware stores. For an additional 0.2 miles, I'd take Rock Creek Drive instead of Hwy 14 for the stretch just west of Stevenson. Or go up to Skamania Lodge for the luxury set; its pub has good food, not as formal as the main dining room.

If you want still more miles, there are some nice destinations along the Wind River Road up past Carson. The Stabler Country Store has the last provisions out that way. Turn left on Hemlock Road, then right on FR 417 to reach a Crest Trail access and surrounding old growth research forest. (Last ~mile is well-maintained gravel.)

drosen
02-16-2011, 07:53 PM
Would love to see this one mapped out.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/18459333

This is a map of my route to PC via Carlton and the Nestucca Pass.

DR

Simple Nature
02-16-2011, 08:47 PM
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/18459333

This is a map of my route to PC via Carlton and the Nestucca Pass.

DR

EXCELLENT! That looks like a great ride.

drosen
02-17-2011, 03:58 AM
EXCELLENT! That looks like a great ride.

I'll remind you, there's about a 1.5-2 mile stretch where it's hard gravel. Why it's there I have no idea. I've never blown a tire there. It's not my favorite part of the ride, to be sure. Have fun!

bikerinNE
02-20-2011, 08:23 AM
[QUOTE=Alan;25664]Thumbprinterr, I have to ask about Hwy 14, though. I've not ridden it and although I occasionally see bikes on it, it's quite narrow in many spots, often minimal shoulders, fast and moderately high traffic volume, and short sight lines. I gather your experience on it was OK? Any suggestions or advice about that part of the ride?QUOTE]

To avoid the section you're talking about. And, riding that section is just flat nuts because there is a part where there is no shoulder, cliffs and then the Columbia River below. The route to avoid the dangerous part of highway 14 is Washougal River Road.

Alan
02-20-2011, 06:31 PM
Oh right, and come out on SR14 at Salmon Falls Road, that makes sense; avoid Cape Horn. But it also adds a number of miles...trade-offs. How is Washougal River Road for bikes? Seems to me some of it is narrow and little or no shoulder, too.

dmc
02-21-2011, 12:36 AM
Oh right, and come out on SR14 at Salmon Falls Road, that makes sense; avoid Cape Horn. But it also adds a number of miles...trade-offs. How is Washougal River Road for bikes? Seems to me some of it is narrow and little or no shoulder, too.

I have never road the Washougal River Road on bike however I have spent many summers there swimming at my aunt's. The Washougal River Road is the last place for a bicyclists. I wouldn't recommend it for any novice to driving. A very winding road with no shoulder and fast traffic.

The corners are so sharp and fast that is it quite difficult just to run across two lanes of traffic to the waterhole.

River road is a suicide mission on a bike.

dmc
02-21-2011, 12:47 AM
:D

Well, FWIW, I'd like to try it when I get a chance, but I also think it's only fair to point out that riders should be confident in their abilities and aware of those conditions. I'll also mention that Hwy 14, as the only east-west route south of Hwy 12 (White Pass), gets quite a bit of commercial truck traffic, even semis with doubles, from truckers who don't have Oregon permits to use I-84.



N. Bonne has gas station food and there has been a cafe there, but it may have closed or reduced its hours in the past year, I'm not sure.

Stevenson, 3.0 miles up Hwy 14 from BotG, has very good food at Big River Grill or El Rio (right across Hwy 14 from each other, same owner), as well as full grocery and hardware stores. For an additional 0.2 miles, I'd take Rock Creek Drive instead of Hwy 14 for the stretch just west of Stevenson. Or go up to Skamania Lodge for the luxury set; its pub has good food, not as formal as the main dining room.

If you want still more miles, there are some nice destinations along the Wind River Road up past Carson. The Stabler Country Store has the last provisions out that way. Turn left on Hemlock Road, then right on FR 417 to reach a Crest Trail access and surrounding old growth research forest. (Last ~mile is well-maintained gravel.)

These are educated comments. +1

dmc
02-21-2011, 12:55 AM
Bridge of the Gods is perfectly fine to ride on. I've done it in dry weather, wet weather, windy weather. Take the lane, stay calm... No problems. Best part is looking down.

Exactly.

As a resident of Carson, Wa I can tell you that the Bridge of the Gods has a popular speed limit to the flow of traffic (truck,car,bike,ped) it dont matter. I remember driving across in a minivan and feeling the strong wind push harshly against the vehicle.

Yes! Its scary as hell. The people in that country will give you all the time you need to cross. :)