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Take a ‘journey through time’ on this 3-day eastern Oregon adventure

(Photos: Jonathan Maus)

Fly down smooth and nearly empty roads as you cross the John Day River at Cottonwood Canyon State Park.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Note: This post is part of a paid promotional partnership between BikePortland and Treo Bike Tours.

Imagine following in the tracks of Oregon Trail pioneers and ancient dinosaurs from the perfect perch of your bicycle. Now imagine doing it in a weekend with all-inclusive support from one of Oregon’s premier bike tour operators.

Treo Bike Tours has put together a “Journey Through Time” ride that departs from Portland on August 25th and they have a limited number of spaces available.

For $565, you’ll get an all-inclusive ride that includes, lodging, food and snacks, full ride support, and door-to-door shuttle service (via a fully-stocked bus with nice big windows) from Portland to the dream-worthy roads of eastern Oregon. I’m not just promoting this trip because Treo is paying me. I’ve done these rides and can vouch not only for the excellent routes and mind-blowing landscapes they roll through; but also for the world-class hospitality of Treo proprietors Phil and Cathy Carlson. To get a better sense of what to expect, check out the photos and reports I did from a trip on these same routes back in 2014.


Here’s the daily breakdown of the ride:

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–> Day 1: Ride 60 miles southeast from Wasco on quiet winding roads, crossing the John Day River and stopping for a rest at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. (BikePortland images and recap of this route.)

–> Day 2: Pedal another 60 miles through the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and end your journey through time at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center. BikePortland images and recap of this route.)

–> Day 3: Now you’re feeling it! A final roll of 70 miles north back to the Columbia River via Cecil crossing tracks left behind by Oregon Trail pioneers. (BikePortland images and recap of this route.)

Other highlights might include (subject to change): a rest stop at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, a dip in the North Fork of the John Day River after noshing fresh fruit from Thomas Orchards in Kimberly, a peek into an old general store that served Oregon Trail pioneers in Cecil, and more.

You’ve got a month to get your bike and legs sorted (keeping in mind that the Treo bus is always there to rescue you if needed!). But you don’t have long to reserve a spot. Treo’s Eclipse package sold out quickly and there are only 12 spots available for this ride. You can book online via this special page on BikePortland.

Special thanks to Treo for supporting BikePortland with this advertising partnership.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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