Oregon Coast Cycle Trip (6 days bike camping)

  • June 21, 2014 · 7:00 AM

We will take the Amtrak train south, to Kelso, Oregon, ride form there to the coast, and then south along the Oregon Coast to Florence, then inland to Eugene, Oregon and catch the train back to Vancouver.

The trip will be approx 500kms, the pace will be moderate. We will camp along the way and the itinerary will be fairly flexible.

You'll need a valid passport and travel insurance, a bike in good repair, all things necessary for bike camping, a good level of fitness and some bike touring experience.

The itinerary is subject to change but will look something like this:

Day 1: We'll take the 6:40am train to Kelso, Oregon, which arrives at 1:47pm, then we'll cycle out to Astoria on the coast and camp for the night.

Days 2-4: We'll make our way down the coast to Florence

Day 5: Cycle inland to Eugene

Day 6: Catch the 5:30am train back to Vancouver. It stops for 4+ hrs in Portland, and then carries onto Vancouver, arriving at 10:50pm.

SAFETY: Please understand that this is a group event, which means you must stay with the group, look out for other members of the group (although we are all ultimately responsible for our own safety) and do what the group is doing. Wandering off, not paying attention the where the group is, charging off ahead to the point where we never see you again or stopping to take photos for half an hour are all good things to when you’re on your own, but not when you’re with a group! This isn’t to say we all need to follow along like lemmings on the trail, but we do need to regroup often and let someone else know if you’re stopping for a bathroom break, or going ahead etc. Also, if you are ahead, please wait at any intersections or points along the way where you’re unsure of where to go. There is safety in numbers and why group events are a good idea – if it’s not your idea of fun, please don’t join!

Level of fitness: Please ensure that you are fit enough to join these events. All require a good level of cardio, stamina and strength as there is usually steep, long uphill sections on most hikes/rides and you will need to be able to keep up to the group.

 

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  • Janice

    great weather, excellent cardio workout, awesome scenery, great people .
    Should have been 1 day longer

    June 27

  • Mark

    A wonderful memorable journey with a great group. Looking forward to section biking the entire coastline. Thank you everyone for an enjoyable holiday. Only 1 flat in over 2500km (combined), many thanks Doug for being there as always and fixing it so efficiently.

    June 27

  • Charlotte

    Awesome journey, great fellow adventurers. You captured it all Elspeth. Gearing up for Washington and CA:-)

    1 · June 27

  • Elspeth

    More than 5 stars! Incredible trip. The weather couldn't have been better and although I've driven the Oregon Coast, it was so much cooler on a bike. There's so much to see when you're going a bit slower. It was challenging - long days, lots of climbing, some very narrow roads with very little shoulder, steep drop offs right next to you as you rode along, some scary tunnels, loaded logging trucks speeding by, but it all just added to the adventure :) To my biking partners - you are awesome! Great group to go with :) :) Hmmm.... next the Washington Coast, then California!! I'm hooked!!

    2 · June 27

  • Charlotte

    My bike and I have tickets. Whoo hoo I'm ready.

    1 · May 14

  • Susan

    Was really excited about this trip but have work conflict.

    April 20

  • Glen

    Sounds like a great adventure!

    January 13, 2014

  • Jennifer

    How will we get all the bikes onto the train? Is there some kind of storage compartment for this?

    January 12, 2014

    • Helen L

      Amtrak takes up to 6 (or did they up it to 8) bikes per trip. You can also box the bike as luggage. Reserve the bike spot early though since it's very popular.

      January 12, 2014

    • Will

      Amtrak is really good for bicycles. The boxes are HUGE, you just turn the handlebars 90 degrees, remove your pedals and roll the bike in. You can place your panniers inside the box too. easy peasy. For the hooks, there are now 10. You must remove all bags and carry them onboard after rolling your bike to the baggage car.

      January 12, 2014

  • Leanne

    OMG! I would love to do this trip. Unfortunately, can not get these dates off work. Any chance you can do this again over a long weekend or at end of July???

    January 12, 2014

  • Marie

    it looks like there might be a short list for this trip? how many bikes can be accommodated (good question)?

    January 12, 2014

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