Cycle Oregon just posted its 2013 route, and I am currently wallowing in self-pity that I can’t afford to go this year. (I’ve done the 2004, 2008 and 2009 rides.) This year’s route travels through some of Oregon’s most gorgeous scenery, including my favorite campsite in the whole state, and also goes along most of the route my mom and I took when we visited Steens Mountain last year. What a ride!
To aid in wallowing, I watched this video from last year’s ride, which perfectly encapsulates the Cycle Oregon experience. The camaraderie, the scenery, the occasional weirdness, the amazingly warm welcomes from small host towns, and best of all, the feeling that you are doing some good in the world just by getting on your bike and riding. (Well, that and paying your entry fee, which is really where the good stuff originates.)
It’s long, but if you’d like an inside look at one of the best bike tours in the US, this is a great way to spend half an hour.
(Best in 720p and full screen, of course.)