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    Low traffic route from Portland to Eugene

    I'm looking for a bike friendly way to ride from downtown Portland to Eugene in a day on a lightly loaded touring bike. Ideally this would be 130 miles or less. It looks like 99W is a pretty easy way to get there, but how's the traffic? Anyone know a better route, or some low traffic detours along the way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhattTyre View Post
    I'm looking for a bike friendly way to ride from downtown Portland to Eugene in a day on a lightly loaded touring bike. Ideally this would be 130 miles or less. It looks like 99W is a pretty easy way to get there, but how's the traffic? Anyone know a better route, or some low traffic detours along the way?

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    There's some pieces of 99W that could be hairy, particularly around McMinnville, I think. You might try asking on bikeportland.org .

    My wife and I rode from Vancouver, WA to Creswell a little more than a year ago. We used the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway as a basis, with variations to suit. Have a look: http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/BIK...re_route.shtml
    FWIW: the section from Corvallis to Eugene is flat as a pancake.
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    The bikeway listed above is a pretty good route. I'm familiar with it from Hwy 22 south to Brownsville. I might be tempted to ride Peoria Rd. directly to Harrisburg, or some of the smaller roads that run north-south in the area. I'm not too familiar with the roads outside of Eugene.

    Linn County has a new map. It's still kind of glitchy, but has some good information listed.
    http://www.co.linn.or.us/webmap/bikewv/main.html

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    I rode from P town down to Eugene in early september on 99 the whole way. It was not completely unpleasant, and there wasn't even that much traffic once I was out in farmland, but if I were to do it again I would pick a different route. I just didn't look into alternatives for some reason. Last weekend I rode from Eugene up north almost to Corvalis then over to the coast range and was able to use back roads almost the whole time. A lot of them were just paved one laners that are only there to get to farmhouses. I would just spend sometime looking at maps and use smaller roads that connect through to other smaller roads all the way down. Once past Monroe, OR you can take Hubert Lk Rd then east on Ox Butte Rd then South on Oaklea, then east on highpass. Follow that across 99 and you are on River road heading into Eugene. That was part of my route from the weekend and it was quite pretty. Pretty quiet too .

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    I've ridden 99W between Corvallis and McMinnville; that section's not bad. If you can start out west of Portland, 47's pretty low-traffic compared to the northern section of 99W.

    When I road to Eugene I took a moderately hilly back-roads route that was pretty devoid of traffic, but I wouldn't want to do that on a touring bike -- 99W would probably work nicely.

    If you do go with that route, when you're in Corvallis hop off of 99 (4th st.) two blocks east onto 2nd street -- that's where all the bike shops are, between Madison and Adams. Also a few good coffee shops in the area, but folks seem to either love or hate The Beanery.

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    I suggest putting your bike on the Max Blue Line (Gresham to Hillsboro) and get off in Hillsboro at the Hatfield Government Center MAX Station then ride 1 block east to S 1st Ave (219) and then head south on 219 to Newberg, stay on 219 across the Willamette River to get on the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.
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    Between Corvallis and Eugene do not take 99W. Take Peoria Road to Harrisburg, then take Coburg Road from Harrisburg to Eugene. Peoria road has a nice wide shoulder all the way and very light traffic, you'll enjoy this ride.
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    ^ I've ridden that once . . . it was pretty flat and the traffic was indeed quite light. I thought it would be longer, but it's only about a 3-mile difference from taking 99W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonB View Post
    I suggest putting your bike on the Max Blue Line (Gresham to Hillsboro) and get off in Hillsboro at the Hatfield Government Center MAX Station then ride 1 block east to S 1st Ave (219) and then head south on 219 to Newberg, stay on 219 across the Willamette River to get on the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.

    was just wondering if the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is paved all the way or not? I ride a road bike so that's important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Condalicia View Post
    was just wondering if the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is paved all the way or not? I ride a road bike so that's important.
    Yep, it's all road (shoulders).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Condalicia View Post
    was just wondering if the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is paved all the way or not? I ride a road bike so that's important.
    Yep. We rode our recumbents back in '08. Good roads, decent shoulders all the way. And a "road" bike works just off-pavement as long as it's not too gnarly. Ever watch Paris-Roubaix?
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    Thanks for the answers to my question my parents live in Eugene and we are in Milwaukie so thinking about making a trip via bike to go visit them.

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