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… More
: Russ Roca

Mount Vernon

If you like long scenic drives or bike rides, it’s likely you’ll find yourself in Eastern Oregon, and if you’re lucky, Mount Vernon.

This small community sits on the banks of the John Day River and is a stone’s throw from the famous John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. There is plenty to see and do in the area, with easy access to miles of backcountry trails and viewpoints. And, bonus, there’s also a local winery.

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What’s the best route to see the John Day Fossil Beds?

You can make a great loop between Portland and John Day. The most exciting route will be to take Highway 26 all the way. It will take you over Mt Hood into central Oregon and through The Painted Hills. Total driving time is about 5 hours. For a return trip, I recommend heading north through…

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