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2014 Weekend Ride


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“History on Wheels” – Linfield College

This summer, bike camp features an extreme form of small-town bingo. Over two days fanning out from Camp Linfield, riders will cover a large swath of Oregon settlement history – rolling through more than a dozen communities, some of which survive today as towns and some only as memories. Besides riding serenely past crops ranging from wine grapes to hazelnuts, you can picture this landscape when pioneers worked together to settle the lush Willamette Valley.

Day One – see map

“South Yamhill Sojourn” (15/42/72 miles): Saturday’s routes follow the general contours of the South Yamhill River, southwest from McMinnville, including several sections of riding beside the water. The first 7 miles are shared by all, and then short-route riders take a shortcut home. The medium and long routes head to Sheridan, where the long-route riders tack on an additional loop that features a good dose of climbing. From Sheridan, both routes loop back across the river on the way back to camp.

Day Two – see map

“Wine and Wings” (12/36/52 miles): The second day showcases several vineyards as well as the Evergreen Aviation complex, which includes a museum housing the Spruce Goose plus a water park. Everyone starts out the day heading east; the short option cuts back to the north to rejoin the other routes returning to camp. Interestingly, the medium route has the only “climb” of the day (and a corresponding descent), on its shortcut through Amity. The long route spins past several wineries and historic communities.