What is your ultimate CO route?

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What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby Leedo » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:22 pm

I was pondering this over the holiday. What would be my ultimate Cycle Oregon route?

Here's mine...

Oregon City, Mt. Hood, Warm Springs (follow Hwy 26)
Madras, Bend (follow Hwy 97), Cascade Lakes Highway, Sun River
La Pine, Gilchrist, Diamond Lake (All via backroads)
Crater Lake, Fort Klamath, Klamath Falls
Keno, Howard Prairie Lake, Hyatt Lake, Emigrant Lake, Ashland
Layover day: Mt. Ashland, State Line, Siskyou Summit
Possible extension into Medford, Jacksonville, Applegate, Grants Pass

Stats: roughly 500 miles, over 30K feet of climbing

The only climate this doesn't visit is the coast but we saw that last year: Williamette Valley, lots of mountains, Crater Lake, and the Klamath basin and the high desert. Other highlights include Oregon City and the end of the Oregon Trail (to my wife's credit, the end of the Oregon Trail was in The Dalles, Oregon City is the end of the Barlow Road), Mt. Hood, Warm Springs Reservation, Bend/Sun River, Ashland, and the CA/OR state line.

Pros: More Oregon scenery than you can shake a stick at, layover day in Ashland, end in Ashland.
Cons: TONS of climbing (2 of the highest roads in OR), Not a loop ride
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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby capthawk » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:39 am

I find the non loop rides a pain. You either have to schedule someone to pick you up, or ride to CO busses and have your $5000 bike scratched all to hell packed in those hauler trucks.
It's always sunny at 35,000 ft
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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby funtimes » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:03 pm

I don't know Oregon geography well enough to map out a ride like you have done, so I'll take whatever you experts throw my way. I will add that non-loop rides, while a little more logistically challenging, are worth it...we get to see more terrain. I like that broader view.
I do like to have a little civilization in the overnight towns. I like to have dining options. I like my cell phone signal to work. I enjoy seeing bustling communities, sometimes I will shop a little.
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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby suziqt » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:31 pm

Repeat 2006, I would like to ride without a broken foot.

Repeat 2007, that was a great route!!

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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby slv0700 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:00 pm

NO 2006 !!!! That was a ride from hell.......over 400 miles of up hill;
BORING !
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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby suziqt » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:19 pm

I love uphill! I'm a chickin' on the downhill.

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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby slv0700 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:20 pm

Needs to be a good MIX........
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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby Jackson » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:40 pm

Like to see a route similar to CO 2 but in the opposite direction. Start in or near Ashland and finish in Portland.
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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby slv0700 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:44 pm

Needs to be a circular route.......the other is too much hassle for pick up and bikes.
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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby Jackson » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:14 pm

Circular routes are more popular for the logistical side of things as well as for the management side (buses and support) however, I miss the extra day in another community.
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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby maxanme » Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:01 am

Cycle Oregon 20 in 2007 was the ultimate ride....
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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby suziqt » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:49 am

Max,

"Cycle Oregon 20 in 2007 was the ultimate ride...."

I agree. That was such a great year. I think day two was a bear but all-in-all, a good year.

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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby asjrb » Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:55 pm

Wasn't CO20 the year you could by Margaritas in Sister's. Loved that ride.
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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby suziqt » Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:52 pm

ASJRD,

That night was a blurr..... :shock:

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Re: What is your ultimate CO route?

Postby riding2live » Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:29 pm

Uh, which night was that again?
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