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Last Day of Cycle Oregon: Closing the loop in The Dalles

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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The final descent into Riverfront Park in The Dalles.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

After seven days, 489 miles, and 35,000 feet of climbing, my Cycle Oregon 2014 experience concluded in The Dalles on Saturday.
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Cycle Oregon Day 6: Madras to Tygh Valley

Friday, September 12th, 2014
Cycle Oregon 2014 - Day 6-31
Riding outside of Maupin alongside the roaring Deschutes River.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Cycle Oregon Day 5: Madras to Smith Rock State Park

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Cycle Oregon 2014 - Day 5-2
Crooked River canyon just south of Lake Billy Chinook.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Cycle Oregon Day 4: Tygh Valley to Madras

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Cycle Oregon 2014 - Day 4-50
After conquering the hardest climb in Cycle Oregon history, riders fell deeply in love with a water crew member assigned to spray us at the top.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Cycle Oregon Day 3 – Dufur to Tygh Valley

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Cycle Oregon 2014 - Day 3-38
Mt. Hood was the star of today’s show.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Cycle Oregon Day 2 – Glenwood to Dufur

Monday, September 8th, 2014
Cycle Oregon 2014 - Day 2-1
Sunrise on Mt. Adams, as seen from the door of my tent pitched on the football field of Glenwood High School.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Cycle Oregon Day 1 – The Dalles to Glenwood

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Cycle Oregon 2014 - Day 1-3
Leaving The Dalles at sunrise.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)
Cycle Oregon 2014 - Day 1-38
Mt. Adams was never too far from view today

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The Dalles welcomes Cycle Oregon on eve of week-long ride

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
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“The Floozies” — The Dalles official greeters.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Going east (again) for Cycle Oregon

Friday, September 5th, 2014
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This year’s ride poster.

Something about eastern Oregon keeps calling me back.

In the past six months I’ve made three trips east of the Cascades and tomorrow I’ll shove off for yet another one: the Cycle Oregon Week Ride.

The first two trips I took to the place known as “Oregon’s dry side” were for work: a reporting/riding excursion in The Dalles in March and a trip to Treo Bike Ranch in July. Through my bike adventures and people I met along the way, I’ve learned that the towns and roads in this region have so much to offer I wanted to share them with my family. So, over the long long Labor Day weekend I packed up our mini-van and took my wife Juli and three kids on a camping/road trip. We drove out to the Gorge, stopped in The Dalles, then went south into Heppner, the John Day River Valley, and then looped back up through Fossil, Maupin, Dufur, and then back to the Gorge. It was fantastic.
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Mayor Greg Ballard will bring wisdom from Indianapolis to Portland next month

Friday, June 20th, 2014
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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
(Photo by Rob Annis)

Though the flow of gawkers from other city governments to Portland may have ebbed a bit, our city still draws its share of leaders from around the country to see our streets in action.

But next month, Cycle Oregon is turning that tradition on its head: at the suggestion of Portland Bicycle Planning Coordinator Roger Geller, it’s bringing the mayor of Indianapolis on its 10th annual Policymakers’ Ride (a.k.a. the Visionary Voyage), so one of the country’s bike-friendliest mayors can offer insights to his counterparts here in Portland.

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