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Oregon Bicycle Ride 2015

Registration for the 2015 OBR opened on Dec 16. The ride looks fun and challenging this year, starting and finishing in Roseburg, over to the coast and down to Gold Beach, then back over the Coast Range to Roseburg. Seven days of riding (no layover days) and fully supported.

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They also are doing a ride in eastern Idaho this summer, details on their website.
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Old 12-17-14, 11:22 PM
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Wow, people pay a grand to have someone else carry their stuff and plan a route. I like that on several levels.
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An yet OBR and Cycle Oregon sell out thousands of registrations in hours, or a few days. Must be some value that you are missing B.
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Originally Posted by Shifty
An yet OBR and Cycle Oregon sell out thousands of registrations in hours, or a few days. Must be some value that you are missing B.
+1. Four-time Cycle Oregon participant. It's taken me some places I almost certainly would not have discovered on my own. No regrets whatsoever spending the money.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree
Wow, people pay a grand to have someone else carry their stuff and plan a route. I like that on several levels.
You're missing out on a deal, by putting on your Ice Cream Century for free!
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Old 12-18-14, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Shifty
An yet OBR and Cycle Oregon sell out thousands of registrations in hours, or a few days. Must be some value that you are missing B.
I get the value and I like the notion of supported tours. They're not my cup of tea, but I am very, very pleased that they exist. The more the merrier. I'm sure many thousands of people learn the joys of daily rides away from the usual annoyances due entirely to these outfits. Also, I have known more than a few tandem riders who only have performance tandems who would be loath to ride in the middle of nowhere (otherwise known as our back yards, Shifty) without some sort of support. Those Rolf tandem wheels do have a nasty way of failing at just the wrong time.

I guess my sort-of joke about the grand created the impression that I don't support this type of riding. Sorry about that. Ride on.
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Wow! That route is almost exactly the same route I planned out for a trip I was going to do last summer. The biggest difference was I was planning on using the Roseburg to Coos Bay wagon Road which includes 15 miles of gravel. I assume they are using Hwy 42.

(I ended up not riding that route because my planned riding partner bogued out on me)
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Originally Posted by mtnbud
Wow! That route is almost exactly the same route I planned out for a trip I was going to do last summer. The biggest difference was I was planning on using the Roseburg to Coos Bay wagon Road which includes 15 miles of gravel. I assume they are using Hwy 42.

(I ended up not riding that route because my planned riding partner bogued out on me)
I'm kind of hoping the looks are deceiving and they have some alternate to Hwy 42. It's just not a very pleasant experience to ride on that piece of roadway. Of course if they do the police escort thing that Cycle Oregon does, that may keep the Coos County riff-raff under control.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree
I'm kind of hoping the looks are deceiving and they have some alternate to Hwy 42. It's just not a very pleasant experience to ride on that piece of roadway. Of course if they do the police escort thing that Cycle Oregon does, that may keep the Coos County riff-raff under control.
I believe I did discover mention of a way to make it to Coquille that begins on the Roseburg to Coos Bay wagon route, but veers off to the north before the gravel stretch. It does involve quite a bit more elevation gain and route finding to avoid the gravel. The more I think about it, the more I think this is the way they'll be riding.

Here's the link. It's the Burnt Mt. Route mentioned on the bottom of the page.

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Old 12-19-14, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by mtnbud
I believe I did discover mention of a way to make it to Coquille that begins on the Roseburg to Coos Bay wagon route, but veers off to the north before the gravel stretch. It does involve quite a bit more elevation gain and route finding to avoid the gravel. The more I think about it, the more I think this is the way they'll be riding.

Here's the link. It's the Burnt Mt. Route mentioned on the bottom of the page.
That looks much better than Hwy 42. Hopefully, that's the route they are going to use. That said, I kind of like riding our gravel roads, if only because they have such low traffic levels that I encounter more cougars than cars and I find cougars to be safer to share the road with than many of our motorists.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree
That looks much better than Hwy 42. Hopefully, that's the route they are going to use. That said, I kind of like riding our gravel roads, if only because they have such low traffic levels that I encounter more cougars than cars and I find cougars to be safer to share the road with than many of our motorists.
I've only encountered cougars once - where do you find them in such abundance?
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree
I'm kind of hoping the looks are deceiving and they have some alternate to Hwy 42. It's just not a very pleasant experience to ride on that piece of roadway. Of course if they do the police escort thing that Cycle Oregon does, that may keep the Coos County riff-raff under control.
Timing is everything B., and the devil is in the details. The ride on Rt 42 will be on Sunday morning, with the majority of the riders on that road between 7:00 am and noon. There is not a much better time to ride anywhere than that.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree
That looks much better than Hwy 42. Hopefully, that's the route they are going to use. That said, I kind of like riding our gravel roads, if only because they have such low traffic levels that I encounter more cougars than cars and I find cougars to be safer to share the road with than many of our motorists.
Amen. I love riding behind locked forest road gates. Though I haven't seen cougars whilst riding, only coyotes and bob cats. Deer, of course, and sometimes elk. I'm sure the cougars saw me.
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Originally Posted by prathmann
I've only encountered cougars once - where do you find them in such abundance?
The coast range west of Eugene has them in abundance. When I lived there I had a regular fourteen mile loop along a ridgeline and then back along the Siuslaw river. One fine day, I only walked a third of the way around and then turned for home. On the way back, I came across a freshly killed elk that wasn't there when I went out. The prints in the mud indicated that it was killed by a cougar, who was likely still very close by.

Even though I have since moved to town, I regularly go for rides of 200-400 km out in those hills. We know them locally as the O&C lands, so named for the Oregon and California Railroad Company that never built the railroad. The federal government eventually took the lands back under BLM control. As per railroad land grants, the BLM has a patchwork of land intermixed with private land and US Forest Service lands. I can ride for over a hundred miles without seeing anyone on my choice of paved roads or gravel. The quality of riding available in the O&C is why I stayed in the Eugene area. It's much better than anything else I have ever found.
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Originally Posted by Shifty
Registration for the 2015 OBR opened on Dec 16. The ride looks fun and challenging this year, starting and finishing in Roseburg, over to the coast and down to Gold Beach, then back over the Coast Range to Roseburg. Seven days of riding (no layover days) and fully supported.

Bicycle Rides Northwest | Oregon Bicycle Ride

They also are doing a ride in eastern Idaho this summer, details on their website.
Just curious what locals or others who have ridden these roads think of the route. Sounds like one leg has possible traffic concerns.

My GF and I are considering signing up for this ride and coming down from Seattle but would want to know that I'd be riding on scenic roads with mostly light traffic.

My only experience with rides in southern Oregon are around Ashland and Crater Lake which we found to be pretty terrific.

Thanks.
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I don't think any of this ride is of concern, as I've said, the only area that some might be concerned about is on a Sunday morning, should be fun.

This is southwestern Oregon, no problems here and the scenic value is high to very high. The section along Pacific Coast Highway is fantastic, then from Gold Beach to Grants Pass is like a wilderness bike trail, but lots of climbing that day.

This organization does a very good job of laying down a route, I signed up for this ride, and very happy about the route and the organization. Good riding, good food, support and great area.
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Thanks Shifty. I've only done one of these type of rides a couple of years ago in Colorado and really enjoyed it although there were a few stretches of roadway that I wouldn't normally consider riding on. I like the smaller group too, that ride was around 300 which seems about right.

Was thinking about linking this with a couple of nights stay at Crater Lake, love riding around that loop but the drive from Seattle is not always convenient.
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Originally Posted by busygizmo
Just curious what locals or others who have ridden these roads think of the route. Sounds like one leg has possible traffic concerns.

My GF and I are considering signing up for this ride and coming down from Seattle but would want to know that I'd be riding on scenic roads with mostly light traffic.

My only experience with rides in southern Oregon are around Ashland and Crater Lake which we found to be pretty terrific.

Thanks.
I agree with most of what Shifty said, but I wouldn't take the hwy 42 section lightly. It's the kind of place where motorists will come around blind curves without giving a darn about what's around the bend. Stay aware and have a plan, just like everywhere.

Also, the section from Humbug Mountain to Gold Beach is beautiful but can get tense. Let me put it this way, when I ride down the coast (at least yearly and usually twice per year) I tend to ride this section well before dawn when traffic is almost non-existent and the truck drivers think it's cute to see a cyclist rather than annoying. There's lots of little road traps along this stretch (disappearing shoulders, tight climbs and such). That time of year it's always best to get an early start since the the recreational driving crowd hits the road a little later.

The other days look really great. Remember, no one can put together a ride that is perfect for everyone, do don't let my opinion of days one and three dissuade you from riding in this pretty area. Besides, when I ride there I always have a touring load, sometimes on a tandem, so I want more room and less traffic than one would require on an unloaded single bike. And, compared to Seattle traffic, you'll wonder where all the cars are.
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Originally Posted by busygizmo
Just curious what locals or others who have ridden these roads think of the route. Sounds like one leg has possible traffic concerns.

My GF and I are considering signing up for this ride and coming down from Seattle but would want to know that I'd be riding on scenic roads with mostly light traffic.

My only experience with rides in southern Oregon are around Ashland and Crater Lake which we found to be pretty terrific.

Thanks.

It's a fantastic route. Hwy 42 is fine, but I really think they're taking a back route there. The coast from Bandon to Gold Beach is very nice and there's much less traffic than the northern section. I can't think of any long sections with narrow shoulders through there either. I've always wanted to ride bear camp road, but haven't yet. The stretch between Grants Pass and Chief Milwaleta Park should have very little traffic as it is taking a back route as is Cow Creek road also. They're taking a roundabout way into Roseburg which you should enjoy. There will be little sections here and there when you have to parallel I5, but they're not too frequent.
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Thanks guys for your replies. We'll need to chat about it and see if it will be on our summer agenda. We tend to prefer riding in the mountains and longer climbs but the coast and coastal range are scenic too.

Know all too well the disappearing shoulder situation. Have had it on a commute many years ago that made the last mile a crap shoot. Had the shoulder disappear one day for a good long stretch in that ride we did in Colorado with fairly heavy, and not real friendly, highway traffic.
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It was a fantastic ride. The first day from Roseburg was a very pleasant surprise route. We started out on Coos Bay Wagon Road, then just before the gravel section we took a right turn on a paved BLM road that climbed over the coast range. No car traffic until the last 7 miles into camp in Coquille. No riding on highway 42.
The ride from Gold Beach over Bear Camp Road was memorable, one of the harder, longer climbs I've done in Oregon. And that on a rather hot day. This ride was a nice mix of fantastic roads, beautiful riding on the Oregon Coast and nice weather the whole week.
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Originally Posted by Shifty
It was a fantastic ride. The first day from Roseburg was a very pleasant surprise route. We started out on Coos Bay Wagon Road, then just before the gravel section we took a right turn on a paved BLM road that climbed over the coast range. No car traffic until the last 7 miles into camp in Coquille. No riding on highway 42.
The ride from Gold Beach over Bear Camp Road was memorable, one of the harder, longer climbs I've done in Oregon. And that on a rather hot day. This ride was a nice mix of fantastic roads, beautiful riding on the Oregon Coast and nice weather the whole week.
Awesome! I'd love to get that route to Coquille from Roseburg. Pictures coming?
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Awesome! I'd love to get that route to Coquille from Roseburg. Pictures coming?
I only have the paper copy with map and cue sheet. I looked on the OBR site and they have removed access to electronic maps. I'll see if I can get it from them and post it here. Nice route, all paved, just about 6000 ft of climbing for the day. Burnt Mountain Road was the road off Coos Bay Wagon Road, but tricky route as you get up top of the mountains.

If you go soon the white road markers are still on the pavement at the turns.

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