I went down there in December once, and the wind was enough to take my breath away. So I'm going to take the timing seriously, and not just go down there the next nice weekend day we get. But it's an incredibly scenic place, and I'd like to do a ride through it.
When does it start getting nice enough for a cyclist? Lack of excessive wind or ice on the road, mostly. Also, I think mountains look their best around this time of year, when they're capped with snow. Is that going to matter much for the gorge? Would I be better off riding in other places before the snow melts, and doing this one later in the season?
Can anybody suggest some routes? I know there's an old "highway" on the Oregon side, and I think there are some cyclist friendly routes on the Washington side. Also I know there's a Stonehenge replica down there; I'm more interested in the natural scenery, but I wonder if there are any things I shouldn't miss while I do it.
I'd be grateful for whatever advice or thoughts anybody has to share.