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Come along on Cycle Wild’s Annual Tour

CW Eastern OR Tour

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 Saturday, September 12th & return Saturday September 19th or possibly Sunday the 20th. 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.

Cost:
Transportation costs = most likely less than $100/person (via The Bike Concierge)
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.

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Trip Details:
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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.

No Memorial Day trip

Hi folks,

Contrary to our announced schedule (now edited), there will be no Memorial Day trip this year. Sorry to anyone planning on that–I hope you’ll all get out on your own trip this weekend! A few of our tried and true bike camping options can be found here.

Stay tuned for information about our Stub Stewart Pedalpalooza trip, our 4th of July visit to Horning’s Hideout, and details about our weeklong tour in central/eastern Oregon in September!

Island Bike Camping at Cascade Locks!

FABULOUS, HOPALICIOUS, ISLAND BIKE CAMPING WEEKEND!

Maria flies a kite off the end of Thunder Island. Bridge of the Gods is in the distance.
Maria flies a kite off the end of Thunder Island. Bridge of the Gods is in the distance.

Come join Cycle Wild May 9th and 10th for a bike camping adventure out to Cascade Locks. Why is it amazing you ask?

#1: Recently completed Historic Columbia River Highway bike path from Troutdale to Cascade Locks makes for an amazing day of biking. This is an intermediate level trip involving hills and a crazy set of stairs. This ~50 mile bike ride will be one to remember.

#2: See Gorge highlights that include; Women’s Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Fish Hatchery, and Bonneville HOT Dam!

#3: Camping on Thunder Island in Cascade Locks ($10/per tent, payable the day of). Special permission has been granted to Cycle Wild to allow us to camp on the island for the weekend. Located 1 block off of the main street and under the shadow of Bridge of the Gods. How rad is that!

#4: Located just 70 yards from our camping on Thunder Island is the rad Thunder Island Brewery. Owners Dan and Dave have been notified that we will be visiting Cascade Locks for the weekend and are excited to welcome us.

#5: Fabulous dining opportunities in the town of Cascade Locks, including ICE CREAM! Sam Hill’s Den, Char Burger, Cascade Inn, Cascade Locks Ale House and East Wind Drive-In (ice cream spot). But don’t worry, you can still bring your camp stove and prepare you food at the campground. We’ll leave the eating option to you. (Remember that you are always responsible for your own food on Cycle Wild trips.)

Register for the trip now!

 

You must be a Cycle Wild member to join this trip. If you’re not already a member, you can become one when you register.

Questions? Please contact ride leaders Paul Zavitkovski (pzavit (at) gmail (dot) com) and Lance Poehler (lancepoehler (at) gmail (dot) com). Thanks and we hope you can join us!

First peek at the 2015 schedule

Howdy campers!

Announcing! the Cycle Wild camping schedule for spring – fall 2015. There are a few details to be worked out–we’ll update you as that comes together.

You can also access our Google calendar here if you prefer to keep track of things that way.

Date Destination Level
April 4-5 Champoeg State Park beginner
May 9-10 Thunder Island at Cascade Locks intermediate
June (Pedalpalooza – TBA) Stub Stewart State Park beginner
4th of July (July 3-5) Horning’s Hideout beginner
July 25-26 Panther Creek Campground advanced
August 8-9 Eagle Creek intermediate
August 22-23 Milo McIver State Park beginner
September (TBA) Battle Ground Lake State Park beginner
Labor Day (Sept 5-7) TBA tba
September 12-20 Central/Eastern Oregon advanced
October (TBA) Oxbow Regional Park beginner

Champoeg bike camping, April 4-5, 2015

How long has it been since you’ve been bike camping with some friends? Well, pardner, that’s too long! Join Cycle Wild on a trip to Champoeg State Park on April 4th and 5th. Champoeg is a nearby gem that is rich in history and nestled right on the Willamette River.

The bike ride is yours for the cost of just a few calories, and the hiker/biker camping is only $5 per person, payable at the park. To participate in this trip, you must become a member of Cycle Wild, which will provide you with insurance on this trip and any other official Cycle Wild trips this year.

Sign up for the trip and pay your $10 membership fee ($5 for kids under 12) here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/champoeg-bike-camping-tickets-16268468427

We’ll depart at 9:30am on Saturday the 4th and return to the same location Sunday the 5th. Departure location details will be e-mailed to registrants. The trip will be under 30 miles, and feature a food stop approximately halfway through the ride in Canby.

While it is still early season and may be rainy, this trip is rain or shine, and at the park there is an outdoor pavilion where we can cook and socialize, so don’t feel like you will need to be trapped in your tent all afternoon and evening. Still, please do make sure to bring wet-weather biking and camping gear, and make sure you have some dry clothes to change into after we arrive. There are warm showers and flush toilets on site.

Please feel free to ask your ride leader Chris McCraw any questions you might have about the trip. His email is gently (at) gmail (dot) com.

Another awesome (if rainy) trip to Battle Ground Lake

Next time you see any of these lovely people, give them a giant high five for their daring feats of bike-camping weather-braving!

Battle Ground Lake trip(the Battle Ground gang and one of our cabins)

That’s right. Despite the rain, everyone was in high spirits for our trip to Battle Ground Lake — not even a few wrong turns could dampen the spirits of these hardy folk!

In fact, some of us even went hiking in the downpour once we got there, since there are tons of trails around the lake just begging to be explored. And all of us enjoyed some cozy cabin time full of good conversation, laughter, and the warm-fuzzy feeling of meeting new and awesome people.

(And of course, nothing makes cozy cabins cozier than hearing the rain on the roof and knowing that you’re warm and dry inside.)

 Battle Gound Lake rain(did we mention it rained?)

On the way home we made a lunch stop at Northwood — and then faced 20 miles of extreme headwind the whole rest of the way. But not even that could stop these folks, not even the brave soul towing his kid in a trailer.

Nice work, everyone!!

And for the rest of you, we’ll try to arrange for some better weather next time:)

(a few more pictures here)

March Cabin “Camping” at Battle Ground Lake

Itching for some bike camping? So are we! Come join us March 14-15 for a trip to Battle Ground Lake!

Like our last trip, we will be “camping” in cabins — which means that you must pre-register because we have limited space available. Also, remember that Cycle Wild is now a membership organization, so when you register for your first trip with us, we’ll also be asking you to pay your membership dues. You can register for this trip and pay membership costs in one easy registration here.

Battle Ground Lake

So what will this trip be like?

 

We’ll meet Saturday at 10am at the Cascades MAX stop, and take an approximately 25-mile, beginner-friendly route through Washington to Battle Ground Lake State Park. That’s right, we’re going to a whole new state! We’ll stick mostly to paths and side roads, though be prepared for a few small hills and a few busy stretches. Like our Stub Stewart trip, this will be a no-cyclist-left-behind sort of ride, so we’ll regroup if we get too far spread out, and we’ll take a break at the Safeway in Battleground to stock up on any needed provisions.

 

Vancouver has an all-ages mandatory helmet law, so bring your helmet!

 

At Battle Ground Lake, our cabins have heat and electricity and will sleep 5 each. Please note that 5 people are spread out over a bunk bed (one on top; two on the bottom) and a fold-out futon. Which means that you will most likely be sharing a bed with someone. If you don’t want to spoon, no worries: you may be on the same (large) bed but you’ll be in separate sleeping bags. :) Or bring a sleeping pad and sleep on the floor, whatever. There are flush toilets, showers (bring your quarters!), and most likely a communal campfire. There are also several trails. And a lake, if you want to get your polar-bear-swimming action on.

 

What should you bring?

 

As always, you can find more complete packing lists here, but some essentials for this trip include:
  • Your sleeping bag
  • Your own cookware and food. Cooking is not allowed inside the cabins, but there are picnic tables outside for that purpose
  • Earplugs if you’re a light sleeper and worried about your cabin mates’ snoring
  • Anything you need to be comfortable biking to cabins and staying overnight

Your ride leaders for this trip are me (stasia honnold) and the lovely Ryan Good. Feel free to get in touch with either of us if you have questions. We’ll also get in touch with registered riders with more details as we get closer to our camping date.

Register here to come join us for our first trip of 2015!

Big News: Become a Member!

Hello campers! We have a big announcement to share.

Cycle Wild is becoming a membership organization!

That’s right, now you can be an official Cycle Wilder–and for only $10 a year!

Since our founding, Cycle Wild has been a free group. We love bike camping, we love sharing that love with others, and we’re not in this to make any money. But something has been missing–peace of mind that if anything goes wrong on the road, you and Cycle Wild will both be covered.

That’s right, we now have accident insurance through the League of American Bicyclists!

We hope we never have to use it. We’ve been fortunate so far, but now you can rest assured that, in the unlikely case of an incident on the road with us, you’ll have help with medical expenses. We feel it’s well worth it.

You’re required to be a member to come on our trips–our insurance only covers members. Individual adult membership is $10 per year (totally worth it), payable prior to or during registration for your first Cycle Wild trip of the year. Junior members (12 years and under) are $5 per year.

Membership is by the calendar year, February 1st through January 31st of the following year. A limited number of low-cost, sliding scale $0-$9 memberships are available – contact us if you’re interested.

If you’d like to donate more to Cycle Wild to help us cover these costs, we’ll soon have a way to give more. We’ll roll out additional member levels that will get you fun schwag, plus that warm fuzzy feeling that only comes from bike camping. Stay tuned.

To become a member right now, please send or hand deliver your payment by check or cash to:
Cycle Wild Membership
c/o Edward Groth
322 NW 6th Ave #200
Portand OR 97209

along with the following info:

  • Your name (first and last)
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail
  • Emergency contact name (first and last) and their relationship to you
  • Emergency contact phone number
  • Emergency contact e-mail (optional)
  • Medical conditions we should be aware of
  • Membership level:
    $10 Individual
    (more to come soon)

If you choose to become a member when you register for your first trip, you can do that through Eventbrite.

If you have questions or comments, please contact us at info@cyclewild.org.

Stub Stewart cabin camping: awesome!!

Though most everyone was prepared for massive monsoon downpours for our camping trip last weekend, the weather cooperated nicely for a relatively dry ride out to Stub Stewart and a beautiful ride back. Our 5 cabins were perfect, and a good time was had by all.

stub stewart winter 2014(rainbows in the Cycle Wild future:)

Peter Rhodes, one of our trip participants, wrote a nice report of the ride. If you’re wondering what a winter cabin camping trip with Cycle Wild is like, he gives a good sense of it: check it out here.

Peter Rhodes(Peter on his way out Sunday morning)

I have a few more pictures here,  and you can find some by the venerable Shawn Granton here. If anyone else has anything to contribute, please feel free to post them in the comments.

Thanks for coming, everyone! Nothing like a trip to some cozy, heated cabins to shake up the normal winter routine. Stay tuned for more Cycle Wild happenings after the new year!

Winter Cabin Camping: Stub Stewart State Park, December 6-7

(Spoiler: this trip requires you to register. You can do that here.)

stub stewart

Winter doesn’t have to mean the end of your camping season! Join Cycle Wild on December 6th and 7th for some hearty winter camping at Stub Stewart State Park. Yes, we will be staying in cabins, so you can look forward to a dry roof over your head at the end of the ride.

This is a great ride for people curious about camping in the off-season. Since we’ll be staying in cabins, it’s an excellent introduction to the logistics of a colder trip, without having to worry about being wet all night — no tent required, though you will need to bring your own bedding.

The route is also beginner-friendly, clocking in around 21 miles one way, with half of that spent on the lovely and car-free Banks-Vernonia Trail. We’ll have experienced leaders in both the front and back with a no-biker-left-behind policy, and we will stop to regroup if necessary. Once we get there, Stub Stewart State Park has hiking trails, biking trails, and disc golf, if you’re into winter hiking, biking, or disc golf. Or relax in our warm and cozy cabins with the other awesome people sure to come with us.

Cabins sleep five and we have three of them reserved. Likely we will designate one as the stay-up-late cabin and one as the get-up-early cabin, just to make sure everyone’s happy:)

This trip costs $15 to cover the price of the cabins. And as there are only a certain number of beds, registration is required–register here. We’ll have a wait list if more people are interested than the number of spots available.

You are responsible for your own food, cookware, sleeping bag, toiletries, and anything else you could possibly want. And if you have a fun board game, bring that too:) As always, you can find suggested packing lists on our site, or contact us. Your fearless ride leaders (all three of them!) Are Ed Groth, Ryan Good, and Stasia Honnold, and we’re happy to answer any questions you have. We’ll give out more details to registered riders closer to the date of the trip.

Escape your normal life for a weekend and come join us for a cozy time in the wintery woods!