Northwest Passage Cycling
Includes all lodging, all breakfasts and dinners, van support, park entrance fees, leaders, tour maps & narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included to and from Portland.
Not Included: Airline Service to Portland International Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Airport 1 pm, Hotel 1:30 pm
The gorge today presents the only navigable breach in the Cascade barrier between the Columbia Plateau to the east and the Pacific. Its role in the settlement and economic development of the Pacific Northwest has been profound. The gorge also illustrates the manner in which prudent governmental management and oversight has created an environment in which economic, recreational and environmental interests can successfully co-exist. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, administered by the U.S. Forest Service, and its efforts in the rehabilitation of the historic Columbia River Highway, has resulted in the creation of a bicycling corridor through the gorge that is truly extraordinary, and it is through this corridor that we will explore on our Northwest Passage Cycling Tour.
The Historic Columbia River Highway was designed to take full advantage of every natural aspect, scenic feature, waterfall, viewpoint and panorama along the Columbia River. By 1960, a new interstate highway had replaced nearly all of the older road. but new interest in the old scenic highway for recreation purposes began to resurface, and an ambitious restoration began. Currently there are 64 miles available for off highway riding and that will be the focus of this tour. As a finishing touch on the tour, we will explore the Willamette Scenic Bikeway in a valley filled with vineyards and wineries.
|DAY 1||Assemble Troutdale, warm up ride||5|
|Day 2||Troutdale to Cascade Locks||31|
|Day 3||The Dalles to Hood River||25|
|Day 4||The Fruit Loop||35|
|Day 5||Lewis and Clark Highway and around Mt. Pleasant||30|
|Day 6||Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway||25|