Jim O'Horo Memorial
Columbia Gorge Explorer ’17, a 4-day VBC Bike Camping Tour
Set aside Memorial Day Weekend!
Our good friend Jim O'Horo led this ride for years. Others are now continuing this gift of time and effort to bring VBC and PWTC riders together on a life-changing adventure. Seriously, talk to any of them. They love this ride.
So - want to try bicycle camping (loaded touring)? Not ready to invest a huge chunk of time and effort? Here’s an opportunity to dip your toe in the water while enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery in North America.
This moderately-paced tour covers 55-65 miles/day traveling east on the Washington side, crossing the Columbia at Hwy. 97 and returning on the Oregon side allowing plenty of time for sightseeing along the way.
Day 1: Vancouver to Home Valley (7 miles east of Stevenson, WA) – 51 miles
Day 2: Home Valley to Deschutes River State Rec. Area near Biggs, OR – 63 miles
Day 3: Deschutes to Viento State Pk. West of Hood River – 55 miles
Day 4: back home – 64 miles
There’s so much to see and do along this route you can’t possibly do it all. Along with cue sheets we’ll supply a laundry list of possibilities, and you can select your favorites.
Yes, there are some hills, but no long grades exceeding 7%, and at the expense of missing some of the scenery, some of these hills can be bypassed. There is NO SAG provided for this tour – it’s set up for camping along the way with riders carrying their own gear, but in the Gorge there are enough restaurants and stores that some riders don’t even carry cooking gear or food. If you’re planning on riding with full gear, find a partner or two so you can share gear and lighten each other’s load.
This tour has run for 15 previous years to rave reviews. You’ll need to be in proper physical condition for the riding, but if you’re inexperienced at loaded touring, you need not worry. Several experienced riders, some with mechanical skills, are already signed up, so help will be available if you get into difficulty.
Although designed for camping, the route includes enough motels and B&Bs to provide other lodging options. Each day has multiple opportunities to stop at cafes, restaurants and grocery stores. Some riders carry most of their food, others eat out as much as possible.
Tour leaves in small groups starting 8:00AM, FRIDAY May 26, Larson’s Bakery, 13411 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver.
For more info and to RSVP contact
Ride Leader Kyly McMurray at 360-608-8931 firstname.lastname@example.org or
Brian Woodward email@example.com
Note: We need to collect a nonrefundable campground reservation cost in advance. Reserved group space is limited. $15/person ($5/night). Campgrounds fill all nights, so contact us and get your money in pronto.