The Best Bike Ride in America

2006 Weekend Ride

July 22-23, 2006 – Eugene to Oakland

Day 1: Eugene to Oakland (67 miles)  Map
Start out with a leisurely cruise along Eugene’s bike paths, winding your way east and into the country. Once you leave town, you’ll be reminded that you’re no longer in the Willamette Valley. Two clues: the steeper terrain, and the off-the-beaten-path towns you’ll ride through. Spinning past vineyards, through majestic stands of trees, over rolling hills and beside clear streams, you’ll pass through the communities of Lorane, Curtin, Anlauf, Leona, Drain and Yoncalla. In the afternoon, take note of the fact that you’ll be spending some time on roads named Red Hill and Metz Hill, after you pass through Rice Hill. But you’ll finish on Green Valley Road and cruise into Oakland for dinner, entertainment and a nice cold beverage.

Day 2: Oakland to Eugene (64 miles)  Map
Day 2 heads back to where you started, but on a completely different route. Today you stay on the east side of the freeway, heading through Elkhead and London in the morning and on to the shores of picturesque Cottage Grove Lake. After skirting around the lake, you’ll head into the town of Cottage Grove, skirt Creswell and then cross over I-5 and work your way up a significant climb that will earn you great views of the valley and Eugene below. Descend down into Eugene and use the network of paths and bike trails to get back to the starting point. Ahh… two days of two-wheeled bliss.