Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Coast, CA
Bikes: Surly LHT, Specialized Rockhopper, Nashbar Touring (old), Specialized Stumpjumper (older), Nishiki Tourer (model unknown)
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Help with Tour Route - Especially Portland to Eugene
Greetings, Northwesterners! I'm a bike tourer and take a "big" tour every summer - usually around 3 weeks. I'm contemplating the following tour next summer: I want to take Amtrak to Portland (I live outside of San Luis Obispo, CA). From there I want to ride south to Eugene. Then I'll take Adventure Cycling's Transamerica Route to Sisters, Oregon. From there I'll take ACA's Sierra Cascades Route to Crater Lake. From there I'll head over to Klamath Falls. I can catch Amtrak from Klamath Falls to get home. Or I can continue south through Lava Beds National Monument, Mount Lassen, Lake Almanor, etc.
I'm most interested in the route between Portland and Eugene. I definitely want to camp at Champoeg along the way. I have sentimental reasons.
I'm looking for scenic roads, though without too many hills. One of the attractions of this route is that I figure it will give me a few days of riding through flatlands before I turn and head east over the Cascades. I don't mind traffic if there's a nice shoulder. Of course, the ideal would be beautiful, flat, scenic roads with huge shoulders and no traffic!
I don't mind going a little out of my way for a nice ride - I don't necessarily want the shortest route. When I tour I'm more about the ride than the destination. I don't feel driven to get to a certain point by a certain date.
I prefer camping to motels, but don't hesitate to find a motel when needed. Private RV parks are okay - they often have a grassy area for tent campers and not too many of those, so they're quiet. I hate noisy campgrounds with kids running through my campsite.
I'd like to keep it to 35 miles a day or less the first three days, until I get my legs, but I don't feel good about myself if I don't ride at least 25 miles a day (though I've ridden less when I found a nice place to stop, and I didn't feel that bad about myself!)
Any route suggestions?
Huge thanks in advance for any input anyone cares to give!