NOTE: Change due to fires! Here's an email from Bill.
As you are probably all aware, there are still road and trail closures in the Gorge as a result of last summer’s Eagle Creek Fire. Several of these closures effect the upcoming CGE route. Today I was out in the Gorge trying to figure out alternate routing for day 4, from Viento Campground back to Washington. While I was there, I received the following notice :
The short version of this notice is that the State is banning bicycles from Cascade Locks to Bridal Veil Falls, including riding on I-84, and routing any traffic over to the Washington side of the river. . This really impacts the nature of the tour and eliminated much of the scenic vistas and routes. Additionally there are only 12 people signed up for this year's ride.
As a result, I am going to close registration for the ride, and offer those of you who have already signed up, two options:
First, you can cancel, and we’ll issue a full refund.
Second, you can opt to do the ride on your own with the modified routing. I have already cancelled about half the campsites, but if you want to select this option, Please let me know before Sunday evening. because I’ll cancel the remaining campsites on Monday morning.
I am sorry to have to cancel this cycling classic, but hopefully it can return next year,
Day 2: Home Valley, WA to Deschutes River State Rec. Area
Approximate Distance: 62 -72 miles. Estimated riding time 6 - 7 hours. Longer route involves riding the Maryhill Loop
The route continues east from Home Valley on Highway 14, passing through Bingen. A side loop on Old Hwy 8 parallels Highway 14 for several miles, traveling on a bluff overlooking the Columbia & passing several attractions along the way to Lyle. After Lyle the route continues east beyond US97 to Stonehenge Rd. for the steep descent to the river, returns to US97 and turns south & west. The day ends at Deschutes River State Recreational Area 4 miles after crossing the Columbia River.
Day two of a four day tour.
Limit: 50 riders
Cost: $20 for the four day tour
Contact: Bill Hamilton