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Northwest Loop Bike Tour
Northwest Loop Epic Bike Tour

31 Day Epic Bike Tour

Dates:
• TBD

Tour Start:
Portland, OR

Tour End:
Portland, OR

Average Mileage:
49 miles daily

Total Mileage:
1415 miles

Trip Price: TBD

Includes:
All lodging, breakfasts, dinners and snacks on cycling days, SAG support, detailed maps and cue sheets, mechanical instruction and support, send-off banquet and celebratory dinner.

Van Support:
We carry your luggage, and you if necessary

Single Upgrade: TBD

Rental Bike:
Not available for this tour.

Participants:
30 women maximum

Travel Arrangements:
Fly into and out of the Portland, Oregon airport.

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Northwest Loop Epic Bike Tour

We’ve chosen the most beautiful sections of the TransAmerica and the Lewis & Clark routes and created a wonderful loop through the northwest. This tour has everything: ocean, mountains, desert, and plains. It includes the Columbia River Valley of Washington, the Seven Devils Range of Idaho and the Pacific Coast of Oregon. When we ran it the first time in 2009, many of the women declared it their favorite of all our epic tours.

Even though we’re not technically cycling across the country, we run this tour like our other cross-country tours. Hotels, hot showers, and home-cooked meals every night. Two vehicles carrying your luggage and supporting you all the way. An average of 48 beautiful miles per day.

We begin the tour in Portland, Oregon, considered to be one of the most bicycle friendly cities in America. It is full of bike paths and boutique bike-building companies, so you may want to arrive early to explore the town on your own. We’ll begin our tour with a fix-a-flat workshop and a send-off banquet on the first evening.

We leave Portland early the next morning on a bike path and head east through the Columbia River Gorge, heading backwards and we hope — with the wind at our backs — along the Lewis & Clark Trail. We’ll cross the river into the state of Washington for a few days until we reach the Idaho border and overnight in Lewiston, ID at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers.

Then we’ll head south picking up the TransAmerica Trail designed by the Adventure Cycling organization. We’ll bike through the Nez Perce and Payette National Forests and into the Hells Canyon area. Then we cross back into Oregon heading west through the Umatilla National Forest.

Gold was discovered in eastern Oregon and brought the first settlers to the area during the mid-1800s. We’ll bike through many former boom towns – some that have prospered while others that have withered over time. We’ll cross the Cascades into the beautiful Willamette Valley before we head over to the Pacific Coast.

We’ll head north along the coast to Astoria, where we’ll pick up the end of the Lewis & Clark Trail. Then we cap off the tour with a celebratory ride back into Portland. What a wonderful way to spend a month of your summer!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
Tour Map
  • Nez Perce and Payette National Forests
  • Lewis & Clark Expedition interpretive centers
  • Columbia River Gorge
  • Snake & Clearwater Rivers
  • Cascade Mountains
  • Willamette Valley
  • Pacific Coast
  • Oregon, Washington & Idaho

TO JOIN: Register on-line or call us at 800-247-1444 to make your non-refundable registration deposit of $300. The first payment of $1000 is due August 1, 2013 by check and $500 of that payment is nonrefundable. The second payment of $2000 is due by check January 1, 2014. The balance of the trip fee is due by check May 1, 2014.

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: The $300 registration fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. If you cancel prior to January 1, $500 of the first payment is refundable. The other $500 is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

TRIP INSURANCE: We will provide you with a source for trip cancellation/interruption insurance. We strongly recommend insurance, especially for a trip of this magnitude.

SAG VOLUNTEERS: We use 4 volunteers to drive a support Subaru Outback vehicle during this tour. Each driver works once every fourth day supporting the riders until the last rider finishes cycling for the day. She provides food, drinks, flat tire assistance and moral support, and becomes an integral part in the success of the tour. In return, each volunteer receives a discount of 40% off the full tour price. If you’re interested in a position, please email or call us.

TOUR DETAILS: Help on training, transportation, packing, and an itinerary will be sent upon receipt of your registration fee. We will also mail you periodic Prep Talk newsletters to help you prepare for the trip.

2014 Northwest Loop Itinerary

Day Location Miles
July 31 Portland, OR 0
Aug 1 Stevenson, WA 51
Aug 2 Wasco, OR 68
Aug 3 Hermiston, OR 92
Aug 4 Walla Walla, WA 59
Aug 5 Walla Walla, WA 0
Aug 6 Dayton, WA 30
Aug 7 Lewiston, ID 69
Aug 8 Grangeville, ID 89
Aug 9 Riggins, ID 50
Aug 10 Riggins, ID 0
Aug 11 New Meadows, ID 34
Aug 12 Cambridge, ID 47
Aug 13 Halfway, OR 57
Aug 14 Baker City, OR 54
Aug 15 Baker City, OR 0
Aug 16 John Day, OR 80
Aug 17 Mitchell, OR 69
Aug 18 Prineville, OR 47
Aug 19 Sisters, OR 43
Aug 20 Sisters, OR 0
Aug 21 Rainbow, OR 57
Aug 22 Springfield, OR 54
Aug 23 Corvallis, OR 41
Aug 24 Neskowin, OR 85
Aug 25 Manzanita, OR 63
Aug 26 Manzanita, OR 0
Aug 27 Astoria, OR 42
Aug 28 St. Helens, OR 86
Aug 29 Portland, OR 38
Aug 30 Shuttle to Airport 0