Here in Oregon, we have a pretty cool thing called Cycle Oregon. In a nutshell, it’s a week-long, supported cycling trip that takes people all over the state, biking through (I hear) some of the most beautiful places and staying in many, many cute towns. Much of the money raised by Cycle Oregon goes back to the communities that host it, either through grants or by paying for services when thousands of cyclists pass through.
It seems like a pretty cool deal. When I was a public school teacher, I always wanted to do it, but it happens early in September after school starts. When I stopped teaching, I suddenly had the time but couldn’t afford it anymore. And now that I’ve done a bunch of touring on my own, even if I could afford it, I’m not sure I’d want to. These days, I like to figure out my own path, plan my own route, find my own campsites — all for much cheaper per week than $985.
So in a few days, I’ll be embarking on Cycle-Oregon-stasia-honnold-style, where I will traverse the state on my own schedule. Unlike previous trips I’ve taken, I don’t really have a plan except than that I will head east. There are things I’d like to see — things like the Grand Tour scenic bikeway, the Wallowa Mountains, maybe even Hell’s Canyon — but other than big brush-stroke thoughts I have no route picked out, no places I definitely have to get to, just a whole bunch of time to explore a part of the state that I very rarely see.
Part of bike travel for me is unplugging from everything, so as of Friday, I’ll be taking a blog and email hiatus. Think me happy thoughts while I’m off! :) (And if you read this before Friday and have strong opinions about anything in Eastern Oregon I should definitely visit, hit me up! :)