Day 1: Arrival/Orientation in Portland, OR
Arrive on your own into Portland, Oregon by 2PM at our host hotel for the start of your adventure. We meet near the hotel for a bike fitting and orientation in the late afternoon, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Dinner included.
Day 2: Portland to Cascade Locks
Miles: 46 miles · Elevation: +1,983’ / -1,862'
Terrain: Paved road & trail.
We depart our hotel for Crown Point, the beginning of the "Waterfall Corridor" that features eight waterfalls along the historic highway, including Multnomah Falls. This rocky promontory perched 693 feet above the Columbia River is Crown Point State Scenic Corridor, and the building is Vista House. This viewpoint along Highway 30 was the site of the 1916 dedication of the Columbia River Highway, the innovative European-style road that traced a winding path through the perilous Columbia River Gorge, linking Portland and The Dalles. Vista House opened in 1918 as a lamorous rest stop and observatory for those traveling the new highway. This “comfort station” was a rest stop like no other, featuring marble floors, stained glass windows — and, of course, a stunning view. In the words of The Oregonian, it was “the finishing achievement for the greatest highway in America.” All meals included.
Day 3: Cascade Locks to The Dalles
Miles: 47 miles · Elevation: +2,909’ / -2,806'
Terrain: Paved road & trail
Our route today will provide thrilling scenery and spectacular geologic formations including four waterfalls: Starvation Creek, Cabin Creek, Hole-in-the-Wall, and Lancaster falls. The Twin Tunnels portion of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is car-free where once motorists on old US Highway 30 drove the curves and navigated the tunnels.
We'll end our day of riding in The Dalles where we shuttle back to our hotel for a nice evening. All meals included.
Day 4: Champoeg to Independence
Miles: 46 miles · Elevation: +783’ / -752’
Van transfer: 90 minutes
Terrain: Paved road.
After an early breakfast, we end the Columbia River Gorge portion of our tour and transfer to the Willamette Valley for the remainder of our time together. The valley is renown for its production of Pinor Noir wines. Today we will ride along the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway as we make our way south along the Willamette River along rural roads. We will pass through the capital of Oregon, Salem and will visit a local winery. All meals included.
Day 5: Independence Wine Country Loop
Miles: 57 miles · Elevation: +1,568’ / -1,568’
Terrain: Paved road
No need to pack-up today as we will be staying in Independence a second night after completing a wine country loop ride. Our route will take us through the city of Albany and north to the Ankeny winery and a wine tasting near the end of our ride. All meals included.
Day 6: Independence to McMinnville
Miles: 46 miles · Elevation: +1,757’ / -1,777’
Terrain: Paved road
After breakfast and packing up, we will head north along the Willamette River, making our way to our next 2-night stay in McMincville, with a downtown area that containes restored, turn-of-the-century restaurants, wine tasting rooms, and art gallaries. The terrain is comprised of lush farmland with views of the the Oregon Coastal Range and the Cascade Range. The ride will continue to delight. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is along our route as well for those interested. All meals included.
Day 7: McMinnville Wine Country Loop
Miles: 47 miles · Elevation: +1,814’ / -1,814’
Terrain: Paved road
After a hearty breakfast, we head out on another wine-country loop ride. Our ride today will be on the western foothills along the valley. More climbing today that other days in the valley, but we will be rewarded with a local tasting or two as we complete our last day in the wine-country of the Willamette Valley. All meals included.
Day 8: Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway
Miles: 51 miles · Elevation: +1,647’ / -1,191’
Terrain: Paved road and bike trail
Van transfer: 45 minutes and 75 minutes
On our last riding day together, we will take a short van transfer to the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway for a ride through friendly downtowns, fertile farmlands, and lush natural areas as we explore the northern sections of the Willamette Valley. We will finish the day on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail that includes 13 bridges and the 733-fott long Buxton Trestle bridge. After loading up the bikes, we transfer back to our starting hotel. We bid farewell to each other at the end of our celebration meal together as tomorrow is on your own. All meals included.
Easy transfers to the airport the next day are provided by the hotel.