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shona 04-08-14 01:23 PM

Cylcing Willamette Valley Summer 2014
 
My husband and I would like to cycle along the trail that runs through Willamette Valley this summer. We will bring our own road bikes and stay in one location for about a week (so no camping along the way). I am looking for recommendations on where along the trail to park ourselves. It would be nice to be somewhere where there is a bike shop in case we need repairs or something like that. We usually like to ride about 50 miles per ride. My husband will fly fish also. Hopefully I have provided enough information. Thanks. We have taken some great cycling vacations based on advice from people on this forum.

dtrain 04-08-14 01:59 PM

Lots of options - depends on your other interests. Portland is fun and unique (culture, dining, etc.), but quite a distance from the Valley. Maybe Newberg (close to great wineries) or Wilsonville for easy access to the trail at Champoeg Park? Salem is a solid option around the mid-point of the trail, but not quite as attractive. Eugene might make the most sense for fly fishing.

Shifty 04-08-14 04:08 PM

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Originally Posted by dtrain (Post 16653362)
Lots of options - depends on your other interests. Portland is fun and unique (culture, dining, etc.), but quite a distance from the Valley. Maybe Newberg (close to great wineries) or Wilsonville for easy access to the trail at Champoeg Park? Salem is a solid option around the mid-point of the trail, but not quite as attractive. Eugene might make the most sense for fly fishing.

Eugene would actually make the most sense for cycling too. There are so many 50 mile rides out of Eugene that are MUCH better than the Willamette Valley Bike Route. Also great lodging, food, wineries, micro breweries, music, and did I mention great riding. Several good bike shops. I will even throw in free consultation on area rides, such a deal!! ;-) Fly fishing? We have the McKenzie River, about as good as it gets.

dtrain 04-08-14 04:34 PM

I haven't done the WV route south of Salem, but I'd imagine it's a little dull/flat. Maybe one day there (Champoeg to Salem?) and branch out to see more of the state. What about a day on the Historic Highway in the Gorge, a quick trip to the coast, a spin around Sisters, a wine country ride with some rolling hills? Then again, maybe that's way too much time in a car getting to rides.

shona 04-08-14 08:13 PM

Eugene
 
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Originally Posted by Shifty (Post 16653672)
Eugene would actually make the most sense for cycling too. There are so many 50 mile rides out of Eugene that are MUCH better than the Willamette Valley Bike Route. Also great lodging, food, wineries, micro breweries, music, and did I mention great riding. Several good bike shops. I will even throw in free consultation on area rides, such a deal!! ;-) Fly fishing? We have the McKenzie River, about as good as it gets.

Eugene is sounding good. We don't care about wineries but it would be nice to have restaurants and bike shops coupled with great writing. Is there a particular area of Eugene where we can stay that will be close to good riding routes? It would be great if we don't have to put our bikes in the Rent-A-Car to go someplace to ride.

Shifty 04-08-14 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by shona (Post 16654286)
Eugene is sounding good. We don't care about wineries but it would be nice to have restaurants and bike shops coupled with great writing. Is there a particular area of Eugene where we can stay that will be close to good riding routes? It would be great if we don't have to put our bikes in the Rent-A-Car to go someplace to ride.

Our bike trail system goes through downtown, you can ride your bike from any hotel/motel and be out of town in the country in 7 - 9 miles, in any direction. Park your car and ride or walk the whole time you are here. All of the lodging with photos at the top of this link are on, or within a 1/4 mile of a bike path. https://www.google.com/search?q=lodg...m=122&ie=UTF-8

adventurepdx 04-09-14 11:14 AM

It's been a few years since I've ridden the entirety of the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway. It's not bad, but like dtrain posited, it is a bit dull/flat. A week would be a lot of time to do it, as it's about a two day ride one-way. And to note: it's not a bike "trail" per se, but a bike route. There are a few small sections on separated paths, but most of it is road riding.

Eugene would be a good spot to stay so you can do some other riding. If you stayed closer to Portland you can add riding around the wine country in Yamhill County (still nice riding even if you don't care about wine), or ride out to the Columbia River Gorge.

dtrain 04-09-14 11:58 AM

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Originally Posted by adventurepdx (Post 16655931)
...or ride out to the Columbia River Gorge.

I give this a strong +1 as a day trip. A favorite ride that my wife and I do together is Hood River to Rowena Crest on the old highway (out and back). Just a totally different scene and very, very cool. Worth the drive (and worth a stop at Mult. Falls/Crown Point).

mtnbud 04-09-14 12:56 PM

What they said - Eugene.

Do you want to start each ride from your hotel, or are you willing to drive a little to access different rides? There are some real nice rides that are close to Eugene, but they'd be more than 50 miles round trip.

fietsbob 04-09-14 04:36 PM

Will, say the afternoon winds blow from the cooler Columbia river end to the warmer southern end,

as the hotter air rises and the cooler replaces it .

Shifty 04-10-14 02:23 PM

This scenic bikeway is located 25 miles south of Eugene starting in Cottage Grove, OR. I ride this a few times a year, and the ride can be extended on low traffic (very low) paved roads to make it as long a ride as you'd like. There are several great swimming holes along the way too, very nice on a warm day.
Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway - Ride Oregon Ride

Jeff Wills 04-10-14 11:10 PM

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Originally Posted by shona (Post 16653232)
My husband and I would like to cycle along the trail that runs through Willamette Valley this summer. We will bring our own road bikes and stay in one location for about a week (so no camping along the way). I am looking for recommendations on where along the trail to park ourselves. It would be nice to be somewhere where there is a bike shop in case we need repairs or something like that. We usually like to ride about 50 miles per ride. My husband will fly fish also. Hopefully I have provided enough information. Thanks. We have taken some great cycling vacations based on advice from people on this forum.


Given those restrictions, I would find someplace around Salem. From there it's an easy ride to Champoeg State Park (check out the Monster Cookie Ride route), or along the Willamette southwards, or west to Dallas, or east to Silver Falls State Park.

Can't give recommendations for fishing- I'm better with a shotgun than a fly rod, and I'm a lousy shot.

B. Carfree 04-11-14 12:02 AM

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Originally Posted by shona (Post 16653232)
It would be nice to be somewhere where there is a bike shop in case we need repairs or something like that. We usually like to ride about 50 miles per ride.

Not all miles are created equally. Do you prefer flatland rides? Stick to Salem for that. We've got some gentle hills around Eugene, but our best stuff starts fifteen miles out of town and gets MUCH better at twice that distance. There's a couple of fantastic loops of just under sixty miles that start thirty miles west of town at Alma (near the junction of Siuslaw River Rd and the west end of Wolf Creek Rd west of Crow). These loops have a couple of watershed changes, so you'll do some climbing and there's no services whatsoever, including cell coverage, so you'll be on your own. However, the total lack of traffic makes up for the remoteness, at least for me. I've had rides out there where I have encountered more cougars, bobcats and bears (the cats run away, the bears run if you yell at them) than motorists. Much of these rides are like riding on a fifteen foot wide bike path along the river (Siuslaw River, Smith River, Esmonds Creek, Elk Creek, Buck Creek, West Fork Smith River). If that sounds like something you'd like, I'll give you maps.

Needless to say, there's plenty of places to fish along those rivers/creeks. Not that the fish do anything but laugh at me, but I my friends who fish tell me they can be caught.

mtnbud 04-11-14 10:46 AM

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Originally Posted by shona (Post 16654286)
Is there a particular area of Eugene where we can stay that will be close to good riding routes? It would be great if we don't have to put our bikes in the Rent-A-Car to go someplace to ride.

Eugene has a real good public transportation system. If you want to avoid putting your bikes in the rental car, there's some bus routes that will get you closer to some good rides. There's even a bus route to Cottage Grove and McKenzie Bridge.

choteau 04-14-14 09:24 AM

If you stay in Eugene there is The Row River Trail in Cottage Grove Row River National Recreation Trail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . Neat paved rails to trail. Drive an hour to Westfir/Oakridge, and ride Forest Service Road 21 up the middle fork of the Willamette river ( fly fish and ride ) Or ride up the north fork of the Willamette ( Aufderheide Drive ). The Brewers Union Pub is set up as a English Pub.

toolbear 04-26-14 12:08 AM

If you stay in Eugene - which we often do - there is the delighful Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System - paved trails on both sides of the river with five bridges that allow all sorts of criss-crossing. Another fine trail is the Row River out of Cottage Grove.

Check out traillink.com

<http://www.traillink.com/trail/ruth-bascom-riverbank-trail-system.aspx>

<http://www.traillink.com/trail/row-river-trail.aspx>


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