Cycle Wild is excited to announce that we will be exploring scenic and wide open Central and Eastern Oregon for an entire week in mid-September!
Where: Bike Tour of Central and Eastern Oregon, starting just outside of Bend.
When: depart Friday, September 11th & return Saturday September 19th. Departure/return locations will be at a central location within Portland.
Who: You and 8 others! There is a chance for more…or less. If we are able to accommodate/shuttle more people, new spots would be offered first to people on the waiting list.
What: A self-supported week-long bike tour to reconnect with nature and take in the serenity of Central and Eastern Oregon while riding and camping with friends along the way.
Transportation costs = most likely less than $100/person (via a shuttle company TBD)
Camping costs = TBD (most likely no more than $50/person)
Food costs = You’ll need to supply your own food
Total cost = most likely between $100-150 + food
Deposit: $50 to secure your spot (refundable ONLY if your spot is filled by another person.)
Registration opens: Tuesday, June 2nd @ NOON!
There will be a pre-ride meetup at Velo Cult on Wednesday, September 2nd from 6-8pm. We are hosting this meetup before the trip so that the entire group can get on the same page about what to expect for this trip. BONUS: Get your bike fixed or tuned up that night! Velo Cult is planning to have enough bike mechanics on staff that night to assist and fix most anything on the spot so our touring rigs can be in tip-top shape.
Itinerary: That’s still being finalized. We plan to start in Prineville and travel to destinations east via beautiful scenery. The trip is not a loop. The possible ending location may be Heppner, La Grande, or even Baker City. We might pass through the John Day Valley, the Painted Hills, the Elkhorn Mountains, the Strawberry Mountains, or all of the above! No matter the final route, it’ll be a great time.
Skill level: This is an INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED trip. We are likely to encounter gravel, there will be times you will need to carry extra water or food–this won’t be a walk in the park, it’ll be a ride in the desert conditions of Eastern Oregon. And if you are prepared, it’ll be a lot of fun!
Things to note: This tour will likely encounter some unknown elements as we will not be able to pre-ride the route before the tour. It will be absolutely crucial for you to be able to be flexible when issues are encountered. For example, the road we ride on may have terrible conditions, or there won’t be a bike shop nearby to fix a problem with your bike, etc. And there won’t be an easy “bailout” option if anything goes wrong as this is a land of very limited public transportation (but lots of pickup trucks!). Also, expect spotty cell service.
Remember, you must be a Cycle Wild member to join this trip. You can pay your $10 membership fee along with your deposit.
You will have 3 great ride leaders at your disposal: Shawn Granton, Erinne Goodell and Kirk Paulsen.
Register online beginning Tuesday, June 2nd at noon on Eventbrite.