Kicking off your WEEKENDER of freewheeling bike fun, choose from three routes that all start from the University of Oregon campus in Eugene before hopping on a bike path along the Willamette River. The short, most family-friendly route branches off at mile 3, travels through the edge of Springfield, and then uses a bike path along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River before returning to campus. The medium and long routes venture through forested areas leading to the town of Mohawk. After a rest stop up the road, the medium route turns back to follow the McKenzie River before re-joining the long route riders for lunch. After Mohawk, the long route rolls through small communities in Lane and Linn counties, giving riders great roads with a taste of small towns, forest, and agriculture. Medium and long route riders continue together after lunch for a flat 10 miles to the finish. When you get back to campus, prepare to switch from cycle-mode to party-mode, as the fun and festivities will be well underway.
Yesterday was a blast and it’s time to do it all over again. From the shadow of legendary Hayward Field where a bronze Bill Bowerman is waiting with a stopwatch, mount your trusty two-wheeled steed and start pedaling one of today’s three awesome routes exploring the areas south of Eugene. The early miles of all three routes are on bike paths that mostly follow the course of the Willamette River towards Clearwater Park, located at mile 8.2. From here, the Short Route loops back towards campus and the Medium and Long routes head off to the southeast. The Long route heads towards the town of Lowell and starts a loop at mile 16.6, passing near Dexter Reservoir, Fall Creek Lake and the Pengra and Unity covered bridges. Once completing the loop, the Long route reconnects with the Medium route in the community of Jasper. Both routes continue together to lunch and then through rolling farmlands skirting the town of Creswell on their way back to campus where cold beer and tasty grooves will already be flowing.
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