Eugene, Oregon Tour

Event date: 
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 7:30pm

 

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Four days riding with five nights lodging. 

Meet Thursday, May17, 7.30 p.m. welcome meeting.

Ride May 18 - 21, 2018

Depart Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018.

Total cost: $840 member price ($865 non member price)

Non-refundable deposit: $210 member price ($235 non member price)

Single supplement: $400 (paid at registration)

Final payment of $630 due by Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Rider limit: 36

Tour leaders: Jan Van Fredenberg and Carol Hoch

Overview

With three scenic bikeways crisscrossing the South Willamette Valley, the Cascade, Eugene and Coast region is a place cyclists seek out to put the rubber to the road. Add to that the area's topography, perfectly suited to cycling and you've got a dream destination for a cyclist. Eugene is frequently named one of the most bikeable cities in America. It is close to Cottage Grove and the covered bridges scenic bikeway. Home to the University of Oregon, it is the second largest city in Oregon and has miles of bike trails. We will be staying at the Valley River Inn on the Willamette River close to Alton Baker Park and the start of most of our routes. Your price includes 5 nights lodging at the Inn.

What to expect

SUPPORT

This tour provides the STANDARD Level of support as described on the Club Tours FAQ page. There will be 2 support vehicles on the road.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

This tour has moderate terrain and mileage and the pace will be moderate. There will be time in the evenings to explore Eugene.

WEATHER

The Willamette Valley has low humidity and little wind. The average temperatures for May start cool in the mornings reaching the middle to high 60's in the afternoon. Rain is unlikely but not impossible and temperatures may exceed the average so be prepared.

MEALS

You will receive a breakfast voucher for the very fine buffet breakfast at the Valley River Inn's restaurant. We will be using a caterer to supply a box lunch for each riding day. It will include a sandwich, salad and dessert and we will provide beverages, fruit, chips etc. Dinners will be your responsibility.

LODGING

The charming Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, Oregon, 97401, will be our home for this hub and spoke tour with 5 nights lodging.  All rooms will be river view rooms.  It is on the Willamette River with access to the beautiful Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail and Alton Baker Park. It is also next to the River Valley Center with lots of great restaurants and shops.

TRANSPORTATION

Go Green! we encourage carpooling. Eugene is 283 miles from Seattle. Estimated driving time is approximately 5 hours. Because of the distance and driving time, we have booked Monday night at the Valley River Inn so that you will not have to drive after a day on the bike but can relax and leave on Tuesday morning.

ROUTES

Please note: There were severe forest fires in central Oregon in the summer of 2017 and we will be doing a scout trip in April to assess the conditions and  routes. If necessary we will be changing/modifying the routes.

The mileage and elevation gain on all routes will be done on Ride with GPS. As such, you may find slightly different totals if you use a different program. This is also our first tour in Eugene and we are still working on the best routes to use. The routes with mileage and elevation gain will be available on Ride with GPS before the tour begins.

Itinerary

Day 0, Thursday, May 17, 7.30pm

Meet for a welcome meeting with cue sheets and comments for the first day of riding.

Day 1, Friday, May 18

Covered Bridges Scenic Byway

Drive south to Cottage Grove and do a double loop from Bohemia Park which will serve as our lunch stop as well as the start and finish of our ride. 

Day 2, Saturday, May 19

Coburg Hills

Your choice to drive to Armitage County Park or leave from the hotel. With climbs up into the Coburg Hills, NE of Eugene, you will pass through Mohawk and Marcola, with a lunch stop at the Shotgun recreational site. Continue on to Brownsville and back through the town of Coburg. 

Day 3, Sunday, May 20

Deerhorn

Leave from hotel, going east along the McKenzie river to Deerhorn with rest and  lunch stops at Hendricks Bridge County Park. The return will be via Camp Creek Road.

Day 4, Monday, May 21

TBD

North west route TBD.

Day 5, Tuesday, May 22

Depart for home

Bridge with green trees

Bridge crossing river