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Northwest Oregon Tour Itinerary and Fast Factoids

July 20-28, 2019 

Nine days • Seven stages • 450-500 miles • 25,000'

Led by Bill Oetinger

Tour is full - click here to get on wait list

Click here for a 53-page preview of the tour, including many photos, detailed descriptions of the stages and all maps, route slips, and elevation profiles. (4 mb file.)

Entry forms will be made available at this site beginning at 7:00 PM on Sunday, January 20. Tour roster is limited to 45 participants (including support staff). Entrants are logged in chronological order. A wait list will be kept for those who register after the first 45.

Entry fee: $360.  A $50 deposit will be charged at registration. Balance to be paid by March 1.

Cancellation policy

Cancel before March 1, receive a full refund (either the deposit or full fee, whichever has been paid).

Cancel before April 15, receive a refund minus $100 fee.

Cancel after May 31, full fee is forfeited.

If SRCC is able to replace you with someone from the tour waiting list, or in the case of medical or family emergencies, refunds of up to the full tour fee, less any costs expended and not refunded to SRCC due to the cancellation, will be available. The objective here is to return your money, while at the same time ensuring that a tour that loses members at a late date is not penalized.

Note: tour cancellation fees vary based on tour costs and financial obligations. We reserve the right to cancel or modify trips for any reason if circumstances make it necessary. In the event that SRCC needs to cancel, we will do our best to provide a 30 day notice and a full refund for monies received. Refunds will be for the tour fee only, less any costs expended and not refunded to SRCC due to the cancellation, and do not include transportation, hotel or otherexpenses incurred on the part of tour participants. Tours are generally held rain or shine. Thanks for your support and understanding.

Additional expenses

The tour includes four overnights camping and four nights in motels. Cost of motels and associated dinners are not included in tour entry fee. Figure approximately $300 for these costs per person for the week, assuming double occupancy in the motels (the only option unless we end up with an uneven number of participants). All the motels will serve adequate breakfasts, so no additional expenses are anticipated in that regard. Gas costs in carpools to and from tour start/finish are shared equally among the occupants of each vehicle, including those traveling in the rented sag van. 

Cooperative touring and support

This is a cooperative tour, in that all participants will share in the chores, from loading the truck to keeping the camp organized to assisting with meal prep and clean-up. For more information on how we organize our tours, click here for a four-page tour primer. The tour follows our usual format of having a large truck haul all personal and club camp supplies and luggage between each stage. (On this tour, we expect the truck to be moved each day by tour participants who elect to drive the truck—one day each—as an alternative to being on a one-day cook crew.) We will be running one sag wagon on this tour which will set up a rest stop midway through each stage. If personal schedules permit, we hope participants can lend some time and energy for prep work on the day before we leave and for clean-up after the tour.

How hard is this tour?

There is a longer answer to this question in the preview booklet but briefly, this tour should be comfortable for any moderate rider who can manage the listed miles. (Note also the possiblity of having one day off during the tour to drive the truck, in case you might want to think of that as a rest day.) The first three stages are relatively long but the final four stages all offer longer and shorter options. There are a few challenging climbs but mostly the terrain is less hilly (steep) than what we ride all the time in Sonoma County.

The stages…

Saturday, July 20: Drive (in car pool fleet) from SRCC warehouse to Corvallis, Oregon (a 10-hour drive); spend night in motel on Willamette River waterfront park. Several nice restaurants within walking distance. Cars may be left at the warehouse for the week. Carpool vehicles driven to Corvallis may be left at the motel for the week.

Sunday, July 21

Stage 1: Corvallis to Champoeg State Park, 75 miles, 3300' up, 3400' down

Heading north up the Willamette Valley on mostly rolling roads through either woods or agriculture countryside. Quiet roads and a quiet landscape. Not spectacular but pleasantly rural. Stay in two group sites in a beautiful park on the Willamette River. Showers…but also swimming in the river.

Monday, July 22

Stage 2: Champoeg State Park to Vernonia, 68 miles, 4000' up, 3500' down

More miles through farmlands today but also more variety, with bigger climbs (and descents), and a good deal more deep forest. The final 21 miles are on a beautiful bike path through dense forest…Oregon’s first linear trail state park. Camp in Anderson Park on the Chehalem River. Showers…but also swimming in the river.

Tuesday, July 23

Stage 3: Vernonia to Seaside, 73 miles, 3000' up, 3600' down

Heading west to the coast through endless broadleaf forest. It’s the same all day: mile after mile of rolling terrain, cycling along quiet, pretty roads amidst the dappled shade of overhanging trees. Only a couple of climbs, with entertaining descents after each. Overnight in a pleasant motel fronting on the beach. Restaurants nearby.

Wednesday, July 24

Stage 4: Seaside to Cape Lookout State Park, 70 miles, 4100' up and down, 61 miles, 3400' up and down, Bonus miles: 5.5 miles, 550’

Our first day on the coast, although many of the miles will be spent inland, in quiet little valleys away from the congestion of Hwy 101. But there are good sections on the coast as well, with some spectacular scenery. Long option explores the hilly Cape Meares Loop, one of the prettiest, most pristine sections on the Oregon coast. Camp in a state park right on the beach. Showers.

Thursday, July 25

Stage 5: Cape Lookout State Park to Depoe Bay, 55 miles, 3200' up and down, 65 miles, 3600’ up and down

Similar to yesterday’s coastal stage: a mix of side roads meandering through quiet woods and meadows (avoiding Hwy 101), and several sections right out on the beach. Long route’s extra miles accumulated over four small additional loops.  (Do as many as you like.) Overnight in a motel facing the ocean in the little town of Depoe Bay. Restaurants nearby.

Friday, July 26

Stage 6: Depoe Bay to River Edge Group Camp, 57 miles, 2800’ up, 2700’ down, 63 miles, 3400’ up, 3300’ down

Begins with more coastal miles, including riding through the resort city of Newport. Latter half of stage leaves the coast and heads inland along the pretty, meandering Alsea River. Overnight in large group site on the river. No showers, but a nice swimming hole at the camp. We can rig our portable shower.

Saturday, July 27

Stage 7: River Edge to Corvallis, 67 miles, 3850' up, 3800' down, 79 miles, 4400' up, 4350' down

Lovely little roads through the middle of nowhere: Lobster Valley and the Alsea River National Back Country Byway. One of the best rides ever. Long route adds an out-&-back along another little creek to visit an historic covered bridge. Return to a night in the same motel in Corvallis where the tour began.

Sunday, July 28

Drive home to Santa Rosa.

Please contact Bill Oetinger at srccride@sonic.net with questions.

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