SANTIAM SPOKES 2015 SUMMER TOUR
Northwest Oregon Loop
Sun, Aug 23rd - Sat, Aug 29th 2015
Picture taken on 2008 tour
Our 2015 Summer Tour loop will begin and end in Carlton, Oregon. This small town is just north of McMinnville, Oregon. Several vehicles will provide sag support, but you may choose to bike self-supported. Most of the overnights are at State Campgrounds. About 3 days we will bike on and off Hwy 101, and most of the other time off of busy highways. The route includes part of two days on an Oregon Scenic Bikeway trail. The SS club rode this tour in 2008 so it is known to be a fun-filled adventure!
The day route description is as follows:
|1. Park vehicles at a designated area in Carlton, bike north to Forest Grove for lunch. Bike on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail (converted from railway) to Stub Stewart State Campground. Approx. 40 miles|
|2. Continue the Banks-Vernonia State Trail to Vernonia, onto Hwys 47 and 202 to Fishhawk Road. Overnight at vacation home of Ken Orwick's MIL by Fishhawk Lake. Approx. 35 miles|
|3. From Fishhawk lake, on Hwy 202, ride about 40 miles to Astoria. Navigate through Astoria and 10 miles further to Fort Stevens State Park campground.Approx. 50 miles|
|4. From Fort Stevens go onto Hwy 101, there are many turns off of this busy highway such as at Seaside. Bike to Nehalem Bay State Park for overnight. Approx. 45 miles|
|5. From Nehalem, continue on Hwy 101 to Tillamook. Stop at the Tillamook cheese factory for tour and lunch. Follow roads off Hwy 101 to Cape Lookout State Campground for overnight.|
|6. From Cape Lookout ride east to Hwy 101. This part of Hwy 101 has a difficult 3 mile stretch with many turns and narrow bike lanes. We'll aim to ride as a group early in the day and with a vehicle giving warning to vehicles of our presence on this road. We turn inland onto low traffic road at Blaine and start climbing over the coastal mountains. This day requires endurance and may be slow-going because of the climb. This day's ride is through very beautiful wooded area along the Nestucca River. There are many forest service campsites along the way, such as Dovre Campground. Some may choose to camp along the river near the top of the mountain range. Approx. 30 miles. Others may wish to ride a longer day to return to Carlton. Approx. 60 miles|
|7. Final day of the tour involves biking a short climb to the top of the mountain range then a wonderful downhill to Carlton. Approx. 30 miles|
|Total miles: Approximately 270|
Group meals will be provided most of the time for breakfast and dinner, however you may cook your own meal. The costs of the overnight, food and other essentials will be assessed after the tour and divided among the participants. We estimate the total cost will be under $200 per person for the week, and will depend on the number of participants.
Participants are expected to be club members and to have volunteered to help at the 2015 Strawberry Century event on June 13, 2015.
After April 1st you can download, complete, and submit with a $25 deposit, a registration form for the Spokes 2015 Northwest Oregon Tour. The deadline for submitting your reservation is August 1st. The check for the deposit should be made out to Santiam Spokes, Inc. You may cancel your reservation up to August 10 and receive a refund of your deposit.
If you want to pay the deposit fee with a credit card, check the credit card payment box on the registration form and use the link below to submit your payment via PayPal. If you do not wish to pay online, then mail a copy of the registration form and your payment for the deposit to:
Questions? Please contact the Summer Tour chairperson, Mary Ellen Lind, 541-231-6973 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Committee members that will continue with the organization of this tour are Adrienne Youmans, Tom and Barbi Thomson, John Hebda, Shirley Schoberg-Hebda, Wade Bloecher, Julie Hockensmith, Dennis Murphy and Mary Ellen Lind.