Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 22nd, 2017 at 12:28 pm
Back in April we shared a post from BikePortland subscriber Tom Howe on how to plan a bike trip to see the total solar eclipse. With the Big Day — August 21st — just eight weeks away, it’s time to get serious if you want to make something happen.
If you’re looking for a bit more support and a guide to help you find your way to a viewing spot by bike, I’ve got some great news: Two trusted bike tour operators have just made tickets available for (nearly) all-inclusive experiences that will get you to a prime location, under your own power, and with all the comforts you could want.
Treo Bike Tours in eastern Oregon (just outside Heppner) has 10 spots available for their eclipse package. Here’s more from company owner Phil Carlson:
“We are offering a 3 day 2 night All-Inclusive cycling package to observe the Eclipse. This will be August 20, 21, and 22 (Sunday through Tuesday). This is for 10 people round-trip from Portland. This gravel/paved road combination will be the highlight of the year. Three epic rides in Eastern Oregon, 60+ miles each, and all catered by Phil and the Treo staff. To top it all off, the second day will include the Solar Eclipse viewed on private land in the mountains close to the center route of the total eclipse. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that you can enjoy on bicycles and everything will be taken care of for you. All you need is your clothing and bicycle, Treo takes care of everything else.”
Treo’s trip is $545.00 per person based on all 10 spots getting filled. I’ve been out to Treo’s 3,200 square foot guest lodge several times and the riding and hospitality is second-to-none. If interested in this trip, give Phil and Kathy a ring at (541) 676-5840.
A bit closer to home, two organized ride experts have come together for a trip south to Salem. Komorebi Cycling Team (known for their bikepacking adventures) and Friends on Bikes will lead a “weekend bike tour and celestial celebration of the total solar eclipse of the sun”. The ride will leave Portland on Saturday the 19th and return on Monday the 21st.
On Saturday Jocelyn Quarrell and Molly Sugar will lead a 73-mile self-supported ride from Portland to the private base camp at Illahe Nursery and Gardens in Salem.
Here’s more from the official ride announcement:
“The eclipse’s path of totality pass right through Salem, Oregon — lucky us! What better way to enjoy the event than with a weekend of bike camping with good friends, good food and good views?
Your experience will include:
— Guided bike ride from Portland to Salem and back
— Private camping at Illahe Nursery and Gardens
— Farm to table dinner on Sunday night at Illahe
— Mimosa brunch Monday morning at Crosby Family Christmas Tree Farm
— Beer from Basecamp Brewing and coffee from Ristretto Roasters
— Games and activities on the farm, including corn hole, disc golf, basketball, projection screen movie and more…
— Eclipse glasses for safely viewing the eclipse
— Limited edition iron-on Total Solar Eclipse patch designed by Molly Sugar and produced by Falls Creek Outfitters
This trip costs $250 per person and is limited to 40 people. For tickets and more details, check out the website.