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Quick! Need to find new destination for cycling vacation (Oregon/Washington area)

Old 09-08-04, 05:34 PM
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Quick! Need to find new destination for cycling vacation (Oregon/Washington area)

Ok, the original plan was to do the San Juan Is. next week but it looks like the weather is going to turn wet so we're scrambling to find new destinations for our week to 10 day long cycling vacation. We won't be full on touring (we'll have a car) but we'll be tenting. We're up for road cycling, hiking, you name it. We live in NW Oregon so Central Oregon and Washtington would be logical destinations to escape the rain but we just don't know the area very well. We're looking for suggestions...so please! Suggest Away!
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It's a bit of a haul from your location but the Winthrop/Mazama area in North Central Washington is beautiful, and also dry. You can bike west towards the Cascades or east onto the flats and either way will yield stunning vistas. If you want to stay upscale, one of the nicest resorts in the state is there - Sun Valley Lodge. It is spendy though. Another option is the Freestone lodge in Mazama, also very nice, and rustic (in a good way), but not quite as expensive as Sun Mountain.

I think this would make an ideal cycling destination in Washington if you're trying to avoid the rain. I don't know Eastern Oregon, sorry.
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Sunriver. There are plenty of nice roads, some with hills of you fancy that sort of thing, but many flats too. Renting a house in Sunriver can be expensive or cheap, there are tons of options on the internet. The Lodge is nice, but a tad $$$. Also, there are two great golf courses if you want a day off the bike...but why would you!
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just go across oregon, make it a couple day trip, its fun, bring a friend use up that weekend =)
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Try Leavenworth Wa. It is very nice German town. It is just about time for Octoberfest, HA!
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Have a look at the Spokane area. Lots of road biking, both on bike trails and on many 100's of miles of rural farm roads. Surrounded by hills and mountains for hiking and climbing, water (82 lakes) within a few hour drive) for those types of sports.

You can base yourself in Spokane and have quick day trips to do whatever feels good that day. I've lived here in Spokane for 8 years, and this place is awesome for bicycling and outdoor sports!
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The whole area around Bend rules...
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Davet's idea of Spokane is a great one. In addition to the paved Centennial trail from there to Coeur D'Alene, and the miles of riding to the south in the Palouse, there's the Trail of the Coeur D'Alene from Plummer, ID almost to Missoula, MT. See this web site:

http://wallace-id.com/CdA_trail/
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Do the Oregon Coast. Some friends and I did it starting September 20th in 1993 and had perfect weather for the week and a half we were riding.
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