As a tour leader for Adventure Cycling Association, people often ask me what my favorite bike trip is. While that’s a bit like asking who my favorite child is, in this case the answer is easy – it’s our Introduction to Bicycle Touring out of Eugene, Oregon.
Bicycle travel is about discovering great places at a pace that allows you to enjoy them. This trip offers that, plus the chance to discover something about yourself. Participants have come to challenge themselves to learn new skills and push their limits while meeting new people. I can offer them all that, plus the chance to see one of the most beautiful areas this country has to offer. After two days learning the ins and outs of self-contained bicycle touring, we set off for the Oregon Coast.
First it’s up and over the Coast Range. The climbing through the forest is tough but is rewarded by stunning Pacific Ocean views. We camp on the beach and then ride south past Heceta Head lighthouse and the beginnings of the massive sand dunes along the south coast. We shop and eat seafood in Florence before turning inland again. Then it’s back over the mountains for our return to Eugene.
In four short days on the road, this trip has it all. Challenging climbs, sweeping descents bring stunning views. There’s the chance to camp on the beach and eat seafood at the coast. We top it all off with dinner at a small town restaurant with amazing pie. What could be better?
– Joyce Casey, Adventure Cycling Association Tour Leader