We love cycling, although more road cycling than mountain biking, and I’m not too great on hills! Are there any particularly good (and relatively flat) cycle routes you could suggest? -Gill
Yes… as a matter of fact, where I live in Albany, OR we are actually right in the middle of an awesome scenic bikeway. I actually have a B & B there and we get bicyclists from all over the world stay with us because of our location. Check out this site, and we often have guests ride our covered bridges that begin just a few miles from Albany. You can certainly find shorter distances within these rides and many areas offer flat riding areas. That happens to be why our scenic bikeway and covered bridge area in Linn County is so popular.
Also, many people ride the bikeway just partially let’s say from Albany to Eugene and then take the train back to Albany for example. Amtrak has a great schedule and is a great resource for our bicyclists wanting to ride only a portion. You can certainly just enjoy a ride around one of our towns such as Corvallis! It’s all flat and riding to Oregon State University and around the downtown will offer you some great sites. There’s even a bicycle renting shop downtown if you aren’t bringing your own. They are all super nice and helpful.
Hope this helps!
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Don Strahan says…
The Row River Trail provides the kind of ride you desire. It is part of the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway and is a converted rails-to-trails path. The Trail begins in downtown Cottage Grove continues out past Dorena Lake to Culp Creek. It is 16 miles long and is basically flat with the exception of a 1 mile grade of 1-2%. People can choose to go out and back on the Trail or ride the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway which also starts at the same location and goes around both sides of Dorena Lake as well as making a loop in town that takes you through a restored Railroad covered bridge and across a swinging bridge.
The Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway is one of 9 Scenic Bikeways in Oregon, and is only one of two that are designated as “family friendly.” The Bikeway is 36 miles in length and ends back at the starting point.
There is a bicycle shop in town that is open Tuesday – Saturday and rents bikes. More information about the Row River Trail is at http://www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails/blm/rowriver-or.html. Information about the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway is at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/pages/cbsb_main.aspx.
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