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Columbia Gorge Explorer - Day Three - Deschutes River to Viento Campground

NOTE:  Change due to fires!  Here's an email from Bill.

As you are probably all aware, there are still road and trail closures in the Gorge  as a result of last summer’s  Eagle Creek Fire.  Several of these closures effect the upcoming CGE route.  Today I was out in the Gorge trying to figure out alternate routing for day 4, from Viento Campground back to Washington.  While I was there, I received the following notice :

The short version of this notice is that the State is banning bicycles from Cascade Locks to Bridal Veil Falls, including riding on I-84, and routing any traffic over to the Washington side of the river. .  This really impacts the nature of the tour and eliminated much of the scenic vistas and routes.  Additionally there are only 12 people signed up for this year's ride.

As a result, I am going to close registration for the ride, and offer those of you who have already signed up, two options:

First, you can cancel, and we’ll issue a full refund.

Second, you can opt to do the ride on your own with the modified routing.  I have already cancelled about half the campsites, but if you want to select this option, Please let me know before Sunday evening. because I’ll cancel the remaining campsites on Monday morning.

I am sorry to have to cancel this cycling classic, but hopefully it can return next year,


Bill Hamilton

Day 3: Deschutes River State Recreational Area to Viento State Park

Approximate Distance:  51 miles. Estimated riding time 5 - 6 hours

Today we travel west following Frontage Rd. to Celilo where we join I-84 until The Dalles. At The Dalles we exit at the marina and follow the River Trail to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center/Wasco County Museum, then join the old Historic Columbia River Highway and follow it through Hood River. At the west end of Hood River we re-enter I-84 for the last few miles to end the day at Viento State Park. Two large climbs between The Dalles and Hood River can be avoided by traveling on I-84, but lost in the process are some of the most spectacular scenic vistas of the tour.

Day three of a four day tour.

Limit:  50 riders

Cost:  $20 for the four day tour

Contact:  Bill Hamilton

Sponsor: Portland Wheelmen Touring Club
Phone: 503-778-0552

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 7:00 AM
Deschutes River State Recreation Area
Wasco, OR  
NW Cycling Event
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