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Old 04-20-11, 10:02 PM
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Portland OR to Salt Lake City route?

Would like route suggestions for credit card touring from Portland OR (Astoria) to Salt Lake City (Heber). Plan to start approx June 7.
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Old 05-14-11, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Longmont_Tom View Post
Would like route suggestions for credit card touring from Portland OR (Astoria) to Salt Lake City (Heber). Plan to start approx June 7.
Disappointed not to hear from anyone on this so I thought I would add detail. I am thinking of riding the North side of the Columbia to Umatilla then crossing over to follow the general corridor of I-84 but using frontage roads and/or alternate paved roads where available. From Boise to near the state line it looks like there are good alternates to I-84 but would like to know what is best. Traversing the greater SLC area to get to Orem where I plan to pick up 189 to Heber is another area I would like suggestions.
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Haven't ridden this route but have driven it a number of times with an eye toward riding it someday. FWIW, here are some of my observations:

-Reith road south of Umatilla looks like it might be a quieter alternate to riding I-84 to Pendleton, as it follows the Umatilla River. Haven't been on it to verify, though..

-You can ride the old Emigrant Pass highway through much of the Blue Mts. between Pendleton and LaGrande as an alternate to I-84, but there are stretches where you have to take to the freeway. Even those don't look too bad. Camping is easy in the national forest lands along that stretch.

-There are numerous stretches of old US30 that parallel I-84 from Baker City to Ontario. I drove these for a bit and followed them by eye from I-84. They tend to be hillier than the interstate and often shoulderless, but nearly devoid of traffic- fine riding.

-Once down on the Snake River Plain, there are numerous alternate routes to the freeway. It's largely rangeland and farms, but there are numerous patches of BLM land for legal camping. I saw a couple of touring cyclists riding on frontage roads along I-84 near Twin Falls.

-I saw a couple of touring cyclists riding frontage roads along I-84.

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by rnorris View Post
Haven't ridden this route but have driven it a number of times with an eye toward riding it someday. FWIW, here are some of my observations:

-Reith road south of Umatilla looks like it might be a quieter alternate to riding I-84 to Pendleton, as it follows the Umatilla River. Haven't been on it to verify, though..

-You can ride the old Emigrant Pass highway through much of the Blue Mts. between Pendleton and LaGrande as an alternate to I-84, but there are stretches where you have to take to the freeway. Even those don't look too bad. Camping is easy in the national forest lands along that stretch.

-There are numerous stretches of old US30 that parallel I-84 from Baker City to Ontario. I drove these for a bit and followed them by eye from I-84. They tend to be hillier than the interstate and often shoulderless, but nearly devoid of traffic- fine riding.

-Once down on the Snake River Plain, there are numerous alternate routes to the freeway. It's largely rangeland and farms, but there are numerous patches of BLM land for legal camping. I saw a couple of touring cyclists riding on frontage roads along I-84 near Twin Falls.

-I saw a couple of touring cyclists riding frontage roads along I-84.

Good luck!
Thank you rnorris. I don't plan to camp. Any observations relative to lodging on those route segments?

I am think of riding south of the Snake using route 78 to ride the Snake River canyon byway and then using US30 through Twin Falls (well off I-84). Did you check out and/or have comments either of those segments?

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A standard touring route across Oregon is highway 26 from Portland to Prineville, John Day, Vale, Ontario. From Ontario you cross into Idaho, go to Payette and take highway 16 into Boise. From Boise take highway 20 east, then 26 to Pocatello and south to Logan, UT.
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Oops, missed the credit card touring part of your question. I thought you might be riding the Columbia Gorge east of Portland to Pendleton, that's why I started my comments there. The sparse areas for lodging would be the 50 miles between Pendleton and LaGrande, and between Twin Falls and the north end of the SLC urban corridor in Tremonton, UT.
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Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
A standard touring route across Oregon is highway 26 from Portland to Prineville, John Day, Vale, Ontario. From Ontario you cross into Idaho, go to Payette and take highway 16 into Boise. From Boise take highway 20 east, then 26 to Pocatello and south to Logan, UT.
Will I find lodging using the hwy 26 from Portland to Ontario? What do you think of going to the SW side of the Snake rather than through Boise using 78 and US 30?
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Originally Posted by Longmont_Tom View Post
Will I find lodging using the hwy 26 from Portland to Ontario? What do you think of going to the SW side of the Snake rather than through Boise using 78 and US 30?
Those roads would work as long as you can connect to Pocatello, not many lodging options on the western side along the Snake, You'd almost need to get to Mountain Home for motels. It's not bad from there if the roads connect.
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The middle of Oregon is great riding territory. Hwy 26 (Prineville - John Day -Vale) offers a few more possibilities for overnights (Mitchell .. ) than Hwy 20, but if you can knock out back to back 130 mile days, the Bend-Burns-Vale route only has one climb 20 miles east of Bend and 2 climbs at 25 and 40 miles out of Burns. Once you get to Idaho ... I have no clue about the best route.
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Hi Tom,

Did you ever complete this trip?

I am currently on a three month tour from my home in NJ to Seattle, WA. This afternoon I should be able to get to Denver and then will proceed towards SLC. From there my route will be the reverse of what you have done so I wanted to reach out to you for some recommendations.

I should be leaving SLC for Portland, OR on Sept 27. Can you send me the route that you took and any other recommendations?

Thanks in advance for your help and hope to hear from you soon.
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Yes we did complete.. Aug 8. see cgoab.com/jimtom2011. That blog shows our route but I will provide more detail when I am back from a trip that completes 9/20.

Originally Posted by Eric LHT View Post
Hi Tom,

Did you ever complete this trip?

I am currently on a three month tour from my home in NJ to Seattle, WA. This afternoon I should be able to get to Denver and then will proceed towards SLC. From there my route will be the reverse of what you have done so I wanted to reach out to you for some recommendations.

I should be leaving SLC for Portland, OR on Sept 27. Can you send me the route that you took and any other recommendations?

Thanks in advance for your help and hope to hear from you soon.
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