Saturday, August 4: Drive (in car pool fleet) from SRCC warehouse to Corvallis, Oregon (a 10 to12-hour drive); spend night in motel. (Cost of motel and meals in Corvallis not included in tour.)
Sunday, August 5
Stage 1: Corvallis to Champoeg State Park
75 miles, 3300' up, 3400' down
Heading north up the Willamette Valley on mostly rolling roads through either woods or agriculture countryside. Quiet roads and a quiet landscape. Not spectacular but pleasantly rural. Stay in an excellent group site in a beautiful park. Showers.
Monday, August 6
Stage 2: Champoeg State Park to Vernonia
68 miles, 4500' up, 4000' down
More miles through farmlands today, but also more variety, with bigger climbs (and descents), and a good deal more deep forest. The final 21 miles are on a brand new bike path through dense forest…Oregon’s first linear trail state park. Camp at the high school in the tiny town of Vernonia. Showers in the high school may be closed for construction.
Tuesday, August 7
Stage 3: Vernonia to Seaside
72 miles, 3300' up, 3900' down
Heading west to the coast through endless broadleaf forest. It’s the same all day: mile after mile of rolling terrain, cycling along quiet, pretty roads amidst the dappled shade of overhanging trees. Only a couple of climbs, with entertaining descents after each. Overnight on the campus of Seaside Middle School, within walking distance of the beach. Showers.
Wednesday, August 8
Stage 4: Seaside to Cape Lookout State Park
71 miles, 5000' up and down
61 miles, 4200' up and down
Our first day on the coast, although many of the miles will be spent inland, in quiet little valleys away from the congestion of Hwy 101. But there are good sections on the coast as well, with some spectacular scenery. Long option explores the hilly Cape Meares Loop, one of the prettiest, most pristine sections on the Oregon coast. Camp in a state park right on the beach. Showers.