Oregon Vineyards, Forests

and the Coast

    

September 13 - 23, 2021

Oregon is one of the best states for cycling, and this tour gives you a wonderful sample of what Oregon has to offer cyclists.  The tour starts and ends in Eugene, which has been designed as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community, and was also ranked #3 in the nation as a Bike Friendly City.  Upon leaving Eugene, we follow river valleys in some of the best wine producing areas in Oregon.  We’ll spend an extra day in the town of McMinnville, where you can slow down to taste wine from dozens of vineyards.  If you’re an aviation buff, you can also visit the world famous Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, home of the original Spruce Goose and over a hundred other famous planes and space exhibits.  Oregon is also known for its lush forests, and you’ll spend a day crossing the coastal divide through a national back country scenic byway.  Then we’ll ride the most famous bicycle route in Oregon, the Coast Bike Route.  This is one of the most spectacular stretches of road in the United States, displaying countless scenic panoramas.  For 4 days we will hit some of the best legendary spots on the coast, while also unveiling some hidden gems that are off the normal tourist path.  Come to Oregon and sample our vineyards, forests and the amazing coast!

 

 

Day 1 – Monday 13th - Arrival in Eugene

We’ll gather in this bicycle friendly, college town to get ready for our tour.  You’ll have a chance to test your wheels on miles of car-free bike paths for a “shake down” ride, and then enjoy Eugene’s famous breweries and restaurants.

 

Day 2 – Tuesday 14th - Eugene to Corvallis

Today’s route spends all day in the Willamette River valley as the river flows north (and downstream) to another college town, Corvallis.  We’ll stay overnight right along the river and enjoy the variety of pubs and restaurants in the fashionable, renovated downtown district.

  • 45 miles – 400 ft.

 

Day 3 – Wednesday 15th - Corvallis to McMinnville

We’ll continue cycling north through vineyards and orchards as we enjoy the views from the rolling hills.  After arriving in McMinnville, you’ll enjoy walking through the popular downtown area filled with wine tasting shops, bakeries, eclectic stores, and many restaurant choices.  We’re staying in the middle of it all in the famous Hotel Oregon.  Built in 1905, it’s now renovated with a fabulous roof-top bar and filled with historic paintings.

  • 57 miles – 1,900 ft.

 

Day 4 – Thursday 16th - McMinnville Choice Day

You’ll enjoy spending the day on “Oregon’s Favorite Main Street” among historic architecture and charming tree-lined streets.  Peruse restaurants, wineries, breweries and eclectic shopping for gifts, art, antiques, and more.  Another option is to visit the world famous Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, home of the original Spruce Goose and over a hundred other famous planes and space exhibits.

 

 

Day 5 –  Friday 17th - McMinnville to Beaver / Tillamook (2 choices)

This a special day for those who love forests as you’ll wind your way through the Nestucca River National Back Country Byway crossing the Oregon Coast Range.  After you crest the 9 mile-long climb (average 6% with short sections of 9%), the Byway runs downstream adjacent to the gurgling Nestucca River for 20 wonderful miles.

  • Ride the entire route – 66 miles – 4,000 ft.

  • Ride to Beaver and then take the bus to Tillamook - 50 miles – 3,700 ft.

 

Day 6 – Saturday 18th - Tillamook to Pacific City (3 choices)

Today you reach the amazing Oregon coast and enjoy the famous Three Capes Scenic Route, featuring the Cape Mears State Park and Lighthouse, Cape Lookout State Park, and Cape Kiwanda.  The village of Oceanside makes for a nice café stop. 

  • 37 miles – 2,600 ft.(NOTE: One section of the road is closed to cars for 2.2 miles to Cape Meares, but can be cycled with road bikes using caution.)

  • 40 miles – 3,400 ft. avoiding closed road and with an out and back to Cape Meares

  • 27 miles – 1,700 ft. without going to Cape Meares

 

Day 7 – Sunday 19th - Pacific City to Lincoln City

After leaving the coastal Bob Straub State Park, we’ll ride past the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge and then head slightly inland on forested back roads as we go toward Lincoln City.

  • 30 miles – 2,000 ft.

 

Day 8 – Monday 20th - Lincoln City to Newport (2 Choices)

Today you will be able to choose between two very different routes.  (A) Stay along the coastal highway 101, which at times will be busy with traffic, but also provide frequent quiet side trips to eight different ocean view points, including Oregon’s tallest and most visited lighthouse at Yaquina Head;  OR

(B) Head inland and follow the Siletz River as it flows through forests and fields, and past quiet villages before riding along the edge of the expansive Yaquina Bay into Newport.

  • Along the coast – 24 miles – 1,300 ft.

  • Inland along Siletz River and Yaquina Bay – 48 miles – 2,000 ft.

 

Day 9 – Tuesday 21st - Newport to Florence

It’s a dramatic day as we stay right along the coast, with at least 16 great stops at State Parks, waysides, lookouts, and the Heceta Head Lighthouse.  Lots of memories and photos today!

  • 50 miles – 3,000 ft.

 

Day 10 – Wednesday 22nd - Florence to Eugene (2 choices)

Heading back to our starting point, today’s route follows the winding Siuslaw River all the way to Triangle Lake.  For a shorter ride, participants can head into Veneta and take a short bus ride to finish in Eugene.

  • Ride the whole route– 78 miles – 3,000 ft.

  • Ride to Veneta and take bus into Eugene – 66 miles – 2,900 ft.

 

Day 11 – Thursday 23rd - Departure

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best.
Ernest Hemingway