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Old 08-02-03, 01:22 AM   #1
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wanna ride to oregon someday

I thought it would be cool to ride out of state on a bike, so I thought portland (oregon) would be a good goal. I have the motivity, mentally and physically, but I was wondering on how I should travel based on you guys' suggesstions. I'm comin from Bellevue, a city right next to Seattle, WA. I don't really have that much money at all, I'm running less than a dollar right now so I need to get a job. But I was wondering what you guys would do as far as sleeping, roads to go, places to look at on the way, that sort of thing. Any ideas?
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You should check out the Cascade bicycle club web site. They organize the Seattle to Portland group ride every year. They should have route info and some notes about places to stay - http://www.cascade.org/home/index.cfm

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Old 08-02-03, 01:54 PM   #3
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I just completed my 2nd STP and it is a blast I highly recommend it to you. If you want to ride to Portland before the next one I think you will find the route that the STP takes is a good one. I am not sure about camping but there are plenty of hotels in Centralia (the halfway point) as for sights there is not much in the way of tourist attractions But there is plenty of scenery and friendly people on the way. Here is a link to the route map used on the STP and if you follow the route the ride markings are still on the pavement . If you plan on starting from Bellevue, you may just want to head south from there and hook up with the route in Renton on Grady way. Since tour trip will be self contained If you plan on eating at places along the way there are plenty of food places and convenient stores along the way. they do run thin between Yelm and Centralia and between Chehalis and Castle Rock. There is one attraction I know of along the way in Winlock (home of the World Champion Womens Log Rolling Team) is the worlds largest egg. Another Forum member posted some pics of our ride if you are interested check them out

edit: I just re read your post and hotels are out of the loop there is camping at Borst Park in Centralia and also at the city park in Tenino, and I believe there is camping at the park in Chehalis, as far as any where else I am not sure. I did not see any primitive camping along the way the route for the most part takes you through private lands.
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Once thing I would point out regarding expenses. If you have a tent, you can avoid most spending which is lodging, but it's good to keep in mind, that mountains and fresh air will make you very hungry, and will keep you that way all the time. If you are traveling through tourists spots, the food there is upt to 3-4 times more expensive.
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Recall, once a friend rode a 'Supertour' tour ride along the Columbia River. They raved about this tour. I have been interested in this tour ever since.
Know what routing youwould take.
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but it's good to keep in mind, that mountains and fresh air will make you very hungry, and will keep you that way all the time. If you are traveling through tourists spots, the food there is upt to 3-4 times more expensive.
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If you follow the STP route it will not go near the mountains and the closest thing to a tourist trap is the worlds largest egg in Winlock there are plenty of inexpensive dining options along the whole way. It does follow the Columbia for the last 50 miles from Longview,WA to just before Portland, though you really do not see it. If you want more advice on this ride go to the Cascade messaage board they will be more than willing to give you advice
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