Touring - Oregon
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08-20-06, 02:23 PM
This looks like my next touring destination. The combo of scenic coastline and great inland mountain biking sounds like cycling nirvana. Any advice ?
Oregon Department of Transportation offers a free bicyling map of the state and one specific to the coast, google for contact information and they will send them free.
Come in July, August or September.
Here is a link to more info http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/BIKE/bike_links.shtml
08-20-06, 07:20 PM
Thanks. What is the western part of the state like for touring ? Looks pretty desolate on the map.
08-20-06, 10:26 PM
I rode from Seattle, Washington to Santa Cruz, California many years back. Great trip! I loved the Oregon section so much I went back and rode it again two years ago. I'll probably ride it again one day. There are plenty of services all along the route, including many campgrounds with hiker/biker sites.
Get "Bicycling the Pacific Coast" by Kirkendall and Spring. It's the bible for this route.
Go north to south. Better shoulders and better chance of tailwinds.
I went in July both times. Both times I got rained on once only - not bad. I also had a few mornings where the mist was so heavy I had to put on my raincoat.
One plus - there are tons of bike tourers on that route. Both times I met some wonderful people from all over the world. Also, the locals seemed very friendly. They're used to bike tourers, and I think a lot of them realize they're a bit of a boost for the economy. I know I spent enough on food to contribute significantly to Oregon's GNP.
Thanks. What is the western part of the state like for touring ? Looks pretty desolate on the map.Western part of state is not desolate at all, you may be thinking about the eastern side of the Cascade mountains, which is desolate.
I once did a very nice two week tour in western Oregon, started in Portland, then down the coast from Astoria to Coos Bay, inland to Willamette Valley, Cascades, and back to Portland. I had a fantastic experience.
08-21-06, 01:45 AM
I was born in Oregon and recently moved back. I did the Oregon coast 2 years ago.
My tips are:
Summer is July and August. I went in June and it rained; this was "explained" many times.
Nearly every motel is booked every weekend in summer
Use the Adventure Cycling maps and the book mentioned.
Use Kool stop brake pads and fenders, that grayish/sludge is creepy.
Use a breathable high-vis windbreaker. I used a new balance running top.
Most opportunities to eat are at fast food joints or hamburger-2 egg joints, If your a dairy queen fan you'll like it.
Use a breathable tent, with just an overhead fly, plan for 50 degree nights and 70 degree days with possible rain.
Hiker-biker sites are safe, but bring a lcable lock and something that makes noise (soda cans/pebbles and fishing line).
Don't ride through the tunnels, they are full of prehistoric green muck thats slick. Just walk on the narrow sidewalk.
I hope it helps
I met several interesting people in the strangest places.
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