Cycle Oregon Day 7 – Union to Umatilla

Posted by on September 18th, 2006 at 10:18 am

Cycle Oregon Day 7 (last day!)

Today’s route: 49 miles, 1,300 ft. elevation gain

Today we packed up for the last time and faced a stiff headwind for a short but sweet ride back into Umatilla.

The route rolled through wheat farm country dotted with old barns and back through the Walla Walla onion crops I remembered from our first day.

At the rest stop in a tiny town called Helix (population 183), I noticed this wheat farmer talking with one of the riders. This interaction between spandex-clad cycling city-slickers and tough, old-fashioned farmers is a great part of the Cycle Oregon spirit.

Cycle Oregon Day 7 to Umatilla, OR

[Cheesy finish line shot]

The highlight of the day was seeing the Columbia River Gorge open up before us and riding into Hat Rock State Park for our final rest stop.

I pedaled hard through the wind today, playing a mental game that my girls would be waiting at the finish line. They weren’t there, but my spirits were lifted with a free iced mocha, compliments of Nossa Familia Coffee and Cycle Oregon.

The end of Cycle Oregon was definitely anti-climactic. There were no closing ceremonies or fanfare; just a mad dash to locate your belongings amid a sea of 2000 duffle bags.

This completes my ride reports from Cycle Oregon 2006. I hope you enjoyed my words and photos. I have a few more stories I’d like to share, along with some general impressions of the event, so stay tuned for those.

Click here to see all of my Cycle Oregon photos.

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I met you briefly as we climbed the hill leaving Sumpter. Thanks so much for capturing CO in your words and photos. I was too tired from riding to do either, but was still able to share my incredible trip with friends by sending them a link to


Welcome back, Jonathan. Thank you for the great stories and photos. I’m impressed you could do the ride and the reporting – a lot of work.


Jonathan, I am one of team Japan. ( A captain of the tandem: photo)
Thanks to your nice reports and photos. I was joined CO2003 first time with 4 of Japanese, and had great experience. We told the stories to our friends, and then total 9 people flied to Oregon from Japan, just for this event.
See you again on Oregon, or Tokyo 🙂


Jonathan, thanks for posting the great write-ups and photos. If you want to see some more, here’s a link to some of mine on (I have a free account so couldn’t post all of mine, but I think I do have one of you in the mix somewhere, taken shortly before my detour to Lehman Hot Springs on Day 2).

Go, Gauchos . . .

Cecil (Class of 1985)