How to Ride the Old West Scenic Bikeway in Five Days

There’s a little-known secret about cycling in Oregon: Some of the best riding in the state isn’t in Portland or even along the Pacific Coast. You have to cross the Cascade Mountains and head into the open country of Eastern Oregon, where cows in the road constitute a traffic jam, and where the impressive scenery…

: Old West Scenic Bikeway by Russ Roca


Named for the vibrant John Day River flowing past its doorstep, this sleepy burg in Eastern Oregon is a heartland of natural beauty.

Hop on the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway or, for a two-wheeled exploration, the Old West Scenic Bikeway. Fossil fans dig the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Check out modern-day wildlife at the Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area and Native American pictographs at Picture Gorge.

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