Astoria, OR to Touchet, WA - May 18 - 26
Join Stroke Across America cross country riders on the shore of the Pacific Ocean at Fort Stevens State Park, as they begin their journey. Cycling along with the group, your 9-day, 344 mile adventure will meander along the mighty Columbia River toward Portland, Oregon, then up the Columbia River Gorge along some of the most spectacular scenery in Oregon. Unlike our other tours, the Columbia River Gorge Camping Adventure tour is just that; cycling during the day and camping along or near the Columbia River in the evenings. We will split our camping on both sides of the river as we share our cycling miles between Oregon and Washington states. Your guides will make sure you are well rested and well fed throughout the trip.
Along the way we'll take in the stunning waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge including the 620-foot Multnomah Falls and the wind-blown town of Cascade Locks. Our route is the beginning of the “Waterfall Corridor” that features Vista House in Crown Point State Scenic Corridor, the stunning scenery and overlooks along the Oregon side of the gorge. Crossing the Columbia into Washington state over the Bridge of Gods at Cascade Locks, we have the opportunity to view the Oregon side of the gorge from their neighbors to the north.
During our adventure you will visit the towns of Astoria, Portland, Cascade Locks, Rainier, Maryhill and Touchet.This tour has been created to support Stroke Across America – a 4,400-mile ride across America to raise awareness about stroke, aphasia and the need to support the emotional journey in recovery. We are asking all participants to contribute to the campaign.
The tour itinerary is offered to support Stroke Across America – a 4400-mile journey across America led by stroke survivor Debra Meyerson and her husband Steve Zuckerman. They are riding to raise awareness about stroke, aphasia and the need to more fully support the emotional journey in recovery from traumas like stroke. Each participant on this tour is asked to contribute at least $250 to the Stroke Onward Stroke Across America campaign. You can make your donation here, or by going to: https://strokeonward.org/donate. If you join our tour we will share your contact information with Stroke Onward, and they will share more information about Stroke Across America and ways you can get more involved if you would like. (Sharing participant information is contrary to our standard policy, but we are doing so as this tour was designed in support of their work.)
This is a fully supported tour with camping accommodations, meals provided in camp, on-route SAG, and luggage transportation. The weather will be cool and the scenery spectacular. We will traverse smooth pavement, bike paths and low traffic paved roads. Daily mileages range from 50-70 miles. Temperatures will range from the upper 40s at night to the mid 70s during the day. Rain is possible, but not likely; always be prepared.
You may bring your own bike to this tour or you can rent a bicycle if it is available. Learn more about bikes on this tour HERE.
Start/End: Portland International Airport (PDX) Portland, Oregon
Arrive on your own into Portland, Oregon by 2pm at our meet-up hotel for the start of your adventure. Once we have luggage and bikes loaded, we will transfer to Fort Stevens State Park (Astoria) where we will meet other riders and prepare for the journey ahead. Dinner included.
If you are not flying into Portland but taking alternate transportation, you can meet us at Fort Stevens State Park after noon on this day.
Miles: 60 miles · Elevation: +1,625’ / -1,152'
Terrain: Paved road.
The day begins after breakfast with a ceremonial tire-dipping in the Pacific ocean near the Peter Iredale Shipwreck at Fort Stevens State Park. We will then mount up for our first day of riding, heading to Astoria on the banks of the Columbia River. As we leave Astoria on local bike paths we will begin to pull away from the river but will see it frequently during the day; arriving in Rainier, Oregon on the banks of the river. All meals included.
Miles: 47 miles · Elevation: +2,909’ / -2,806'
Terrain: Paved road & trail
After breakfast, we will continue our journey along the Columbia River making our way to Portland, OR and our only indoor hotel stay on our trip. Our destination is Beaverton, a suburb overlooking the city of Portland. We will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. All meals included.
Miles: 72 miles · Elevation: +3,675’ / -3,744’
Terrain: Paved road.
Today will be packed with scenic vistas and some car-free or at least low-traffic cycling. As we enter Portland, we will use a series of bike trails and bike lanes to navigate the city until we hit the Columbia River where we will take a bike trail to escape the city and enter the Crown Point State Park and the "Waterfall Corridor". We will visit the Vista House with its view of the Columbia River Gorge, the famous Multnomah Falls and finally the Bridge of the Gods. We end the day at our campsite in Washington. All meals included.
Miles: 55 miles · Elevation: +3,428’ / -3,363’
Terrain: Paved road
Another day in the saddle, another day along the Columbia River. Along our route today you will have constant views of the Columbia River and the Oregon shoreline. We will pass through several tunnels and begin a long climb and an exhilarating descent into our home for two nights; Maryhill State Park on the banks of the Columbia River. All meals included.
Today is on your own as we take a rest day in the state park. There is an art museum and a small beach on the river that you can explore. We will organize a short trip to the Stonehenge Memorial and Klickitat County Veterans Memorial as well. There is a small winery nearby. All meals included.
Miles: 57 miles · Elevation: +2,836’ / -2,743’
Terrain: Paved road
After a day of rest and an early breakfast we will continue the journey along the Columbia River, as we do each day. Our goal today is another riverbank campground called Crow Butte Park. All meals included.
Miles: 62 miles · Elevation: +1,643’ / -1,540’
Terrain: Paved road
Our last day of cycling together continues to offer stunning riverside scenery as well as continued views of Mt Hood. We will re-enter Oregon today as we cross the river and enter Umatilla, the largest town in the last several days. We will hug the Columbia until late in the day where we will turn away from the river and head along the Walla Wall River. Our guides will prepare a special farewell meal and we can reminiscence about our time on the road. All meals included.
We will rise early today and after breakfast bid farewell to the Stroke Across America riders. We will load up the van and head back to Portland so that you can catch late afternoon flights home or spend more time in Portland. Breakfast included.
Call 860-428-9301 to reserve this trip over the phone
Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 3 PM Mountain Standard Time