The final day of Cycle Oregon is bittersweet. Saying goodbye to friends new and old can be tough — especially when you know you might not see them again until next year. But the prospect of seeing your loved ones, sleeping in a bed and giving the old undercarriage a rest is also pretty sweet.
Sutherlin is ready as the first riders are already finishing. The last mile is lined with American flags and a massive version of Old Glory is suspended between two fire trucks just above the finish line. There’s something about the whole scene that serves as a fitting reminder of how very special rural Oregon really is. The forecast at the finish calls for chocolate milk and extra lumpy throats with a very high probability of ocular moisture. Don’t bother holding back — there’s simply no need.
Thanks to the Cycle Oregon staff, the army of volunteers, the host towns and, of course, the riders for making it all possible and another year to remember. See you in February.