Bend and Central Oregon Tour
4 Day Tour
Meet Thursday June 18; ride June 19 – 22, 2015
Non-refundable deposit: $140
Total cost: $545
Single supplement: $320
Rider limit: 30
Tour leaders: Sue Matthews and Jan Van Fredenberg
Final Payment Due: March 17, 2015
Mountain views, river canyons, quiet roads through scenic farmland, and sunny weather, highlight this four day fixed-base tour in the Bend area. Cycle past lakes and descend past Bachelor, enjoy the scenic bikeway to Smith Rock State Park, cycle through high desert, canyons, and along the Crooked River. A short drive is required to some daily start points on this tour. Your tour price includes five nights lodging.
What to expect
This tour provides the STANDARD Level of support as described on the Club Tours FAQ page.
This tour has moderate terrain and mileage, but the pace will be steady. The long days assure you ample time for the ride and time to explore Bend in the evening.
Bend has 300 days of sunshine each year. Temperatures should be cool in mornings, but the June daytime average is 72 degrees. Rain is unlikely, but not impossible; and temperatures may exceed the average. Be prepared.
A full breakfast, snacks, and lunch are included each day. Dinners will be your responsibility.
Red Lion Inn
Go Green! We encourage carpooling. The start point for this tour is approximately 350 miles from Seattle. AMTRAK also serves Chemult, OR with a bus connection to Bend.
Thursday, June 18
We meet the first night in Bend, OR and get to know each other during our first meeting.
Friday, June 19
Alfalfa to Prineville, 62 miles – 1764’
The ride starts in Alfalfa on a quiet country road with wide-open desert scenery. After a steep descent to the Prineville Reservoir, it continues to descend through a beautiful canyon and along the Crooked River to Prineville. After a short climb out of Prineville, you return through the high desert to Alfalfa.
Saturday, June 20
Tumalo -‐Sisters - McKenzie Pass, 75 miles, 3900’
We drive just 8 miles to shorten our long day. Enjoy mountain views and rolling terrain on the route to Sisters and a more challenging extension on a beautiful climb to lava covered McKenzie Pass and the Dee Wright Observatory. We’ll shuttle those of you who decline the climb so you do not miss this extraordinary experience. After an exhilarating descent, reward yourself with a treat in Sisters prior to returning to your start point.
Sunday, June 21
Bend-Twin Bridges – Cline Falls - Tumalo, 53 miles, 2370’
Take your time and look around! Enjoy the lovely countryside north of Bend.
Monday, June 22
Redmond – Lower Bridge - Smith Rock State Park, 58 miles, 2032’
After a 16 mile drive to our start point in Redmond, we’ll traverse quiet residential streets before taking Hwy 126 a short distance to cross the Deschutes River. Enjoy cycling past farms and alpaca ranches with views of snow-capped mountains. Lunch will be at Lower Bridge, a restored nature area on the Deschutes River. The real treat is still ahead as you continue through Terrebonne to Smith Rock State Park. Explore this park and enjoy a special treat from the support van before returning to Redmond. No need to rush back because this night’s lodging is covered in your trip cost.