Northwest Loop Epic Tour
32 Day Epic Trip
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. We ran this tour for the first time in 2009 and are still amazed at the landscapes at every turn along the way.
Save $500 by signing up by July 31, 2021!
1415 miles with an average of 47 miles per day with 5 rest days. You’ll experience all types of terrain in all types of weather. Advanced cycling level. Easier with an e-bike and shuttling.
All lodging, breakfasts, dinners and snacks on riding days, SAG stops every 20 miles, luggage transfers every day, detailed maps, cue sheets and GPS files, a bike maintenance class, mechanical instruction and support, state line crossing parties, send-off banquet, celebration dinner, and trained guides.
$495 for Specialized women-specific road or hybrid bicycle. $795 for electric-assist ebike with limited quantities.
Accommodations are subject to minor changes.
Fly into and out of the Portland, Oregon airport.
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 and explore the town on your own. We’ll begin our tour with 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 as the first bicycle route across the country 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, cross the Pacific Coast Range and then head to the Pacific Coast.
We’ll cycle north along the beautiful coast to Astoria, where we’ll pick up the end of the Lewis & Clark Trail. We cap off the tour with a celebratory ride back into Portland. What a wonderful way to spend a month of your summer!
- Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
- 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
Everyone rides at her own pace. Our supportive atmosphere for and by women helps each of us accomplish more than we ever thought possible.
We offer healthy, home-cooked meals prepared by our traveling chef who understands the “performance food” needed to undertake such a challenge. She'll accommodate food allergies and provide a non-meat protein source for vegetarians, but if you require a vegan or gluten-free diet, there will be a small surcharge.
We offer a reasonable price. You’ll find we have the least expensive per day rate for any hotel cross-country bike touring company.
We limit the group size to 25 plus staff. You’re neither alone nor anonymous. We guarantee you’ll make some lifelong friends along the way.
TO JOIN: Sign up by making your nonrefundable, nontransferable registration deposit of $300. The first payment of $1,000 is due January 1, 2022, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The balance of the trip fee is due May 15, 2022. Save 2% if you make your payments by check.
DISCOUNTS: Sign up by July 31, 2021 and receive a $500 discount off the price of the tour. Sign up for a shorter domestic tour at the same time in 2021 or 2022 and receive a 5% discount on that tour too.
CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: The $300 registration fee and the first payment of $1000 due in January 2022 are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
TRIP INSURANCE: We will provide you with a source for trip cancellation or interruption insurance. We strongly recommend insurance, especially for a trip of this magnitude.
SAG VOLUNTEERS: We use 3 volunteers to drive an SUV during this tour. Each driver works once every third 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 include a series of Prep Talk newsletters to help you prepare for your trip.
Northwest Loop Itinerary (tentative)
|Aug 3, 2022||Portland, OR||0|
|Aug 4, 2022||Cascade Locks, OR||49|
|Aug 5, 2022||Biggs Junction, OR||67|
|Aug 6, 2022||Hermiston, OR||92|
|Aug 7, 2022||Walla Walla, WA||54|
|Aug 8, 2022||Walla Walla, WA||0|
|Aug 9, 2022||Dayton, WA||33|
|Aug 10, 2022||Lewiston, ID||81|
|Aug 11, 2022||Grangeville, ID||81|
|Aug 12, 2022||Riggins, ID||51|
|Aug 13, 2022||Riggins, ID||0|
|Aug 14, 2022||New Meadows, ID||34|
|Aug 15, 2022||Cambridge, OR||47|
|Aug 16, 2022||Halfway, OR||57|
|Aug 17, 2022||Baker City, OR||54|
|Aug 18, 2022||Baker City, OR||0|
|Aug 19, 2022||John Day, OR||80|
|Aug 20, 2022||Mitchell, OR||69|
|Aug 21, 2022||Prineville, OR||47|
|Aug 22, 2022||Sisters, OR||48|
|Aug 23, 2022||Sisters, OR||0|
|Aug 24, 2022||Rainbow, OR||44|
|Aug 25, 2022||Springfield, OR||54|
|Aug 26, 2022||Albany, OR||60|
|Aug 27, 2022||Dallas, OR||40|
|Aug 28, 2022||Neskowin, OR||52|
|Aug 29, 2022||Manzanita, OR||63|
|Aug 30, 2022||Manzanita, OR||0|
|Aug 31, 2022||Astoria, OR||45|
|Sep 1, 2022||St. Helens, OR||87|
|Sep 2, 2022||Portland, OR||38|
|Sep 3, 2022||Home||0|