Ride Calendar

Wheels North! will start in Santa Rosa on Saturday, July 4, 2009.  We will arrive in Seattle on Thursday, July 16, leaving the weekend for sightseeing, travel home, or your choice of other activities.  Some riders may choose to ride an additional day or two to Vancouver, BC.

Wheels North! will include rest days in Ashland, Oregon, and Portland, Oregon. We're planning bike outings into the countryside outside Ashland, and events with the cycling communities in Portland and Seattle. 

Updated 5-26-09:  Click on the highlighted links for each day to see more detailed information on the route, distance, climbing, and other information. 

   
Day Places What We'll See and Do
Day #1--July 4
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Santa Rosa to Winters winters.jpg (25212 bytes)Santa Rosa to Winters, via St. Helena and the Napa Valley.  This day starts on the difficult side with the climb to the top of Spring Mountain, but ends easily with a mostly downhill cruise through Wooden and Pleasants valleys.  On the edge of Winters, we'll cross a 1906 bridge and ride past some 1890s buildings that Vic and Ray would have seen when they rode through 100 years ago.
Overnight Location: City of Winters Community Center
Day #2--July 5
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Winters to Corning corning.jpg (9638 bytes)Winters to Corning, via the back country of Colusa County (including stops in Stonyford and Elk Creek)  If you've ever wonder what California looked like for Vic and Ray in 1909, this is about as close as you can get!
Overnight Location: Corning High School
Day #3--July 6
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Corning to Weaverville Corning to Weaverville (NEW ROUTE) via Hwy 36 and Hwy 3.  Again, a gorgeous day of riding, mostly in a National Forest.  We'll be bypassing Red Bluff and Mt Shasta, but this route will be well worth it.
Overnight Location: Trinity High School
Day #4--July 7
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Weaverville to Yreka yreka.jpg (19041 bytes)Weaverville to Yreka (NEW ROUTE).  An easy day from a navigational standpoint: We'll be on Hwy 3 the entire day.  Again, almost the entire day will be in a National Forest, and much of the ride will be near the Trinity Alps Wilderness.  You will never forget this day!
Overnight Location:  Yreka High School
Day #5--July 8
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Yreka to Ashland 
First day in Oregon!
ashland.jpg (47209 bytes)Yreka to Ashland.  We're back on the original route from here on.  Ashland is a beautiful city, and we'll have a relatively easy ride from Yreka.
Overnight Location: Southern Oregon University
Day #6-July 9
Rest day in Ashland ashland2.jpg (9946 bytes)REST DAY in Ashland.  We're working on a day ride around Ashland, or you can just hang out in the great downtown and sample local food and brews.
Overnight Location: Southern Oregon University
Day #7--July 10
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Ashland to Roseburg grantspass.jpg (11044 bytes)Ashland to Roseburg (NEW OVERNIGHT LOCATION)  This route and the rest of our trip through Oregon will parallel I-5, but we're looking for routes a little off the beaten path. 
Overnight Location: Douglas County Fairgrounds
Day #8--July 11
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Roseburg to Eugene eugene.jpg (18678 bytes)Roseburg to Eugene.  Eugene is another great city, and we'll have a nice day's ride that includes as much backcountry as we can string together.
Overnight Location: Sigma Chi Fraternity
Day #9--July 12
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Eugene to Salem Buena_Vista_Ferry.JPG (39896 bytes)Eugene to Salem.  We'll reach the state capitol via route that will include a ride on the Buena Vista Ferry (left) over the Willamette River. In Salem, we'll also meet up with the Salem Bicycle Club.  
Overnight Location: Willamette University
Day #10--July 13
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Salem to Portland portland.jpg (21946 bytes)You'll be eager to get to Portland to sample one of America's most bicycle-friendly cities.
We'll meet with Histio families, local officials, and Portland cyclists for our arrival in Portland and a dinner for the riders.
Overnight Location: Northwest Portland Hostel
Day #11--July 14
Rest Day in Portland Again, we'll try to hook up with local cyclists for some riding out of Portland (the terrain to the east along the Columbia River is spectacular).  We'll also hunt down some great local microbrews, food, music, culture ...
Overnight Location: Northwest Portland Hostel
Day #12--July 15
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Portland to Chehalis
First day in Washington
We'll be following the tried-and-tested "Seattle to Portland" route in reverse from Portland.  Visit to the Antique Motorcycle Museum in Chehalis www.antiquemotorcycles.net 
To see photos from a cycling tour of this portion of the route, click here
Overnight Location: Church in Chehalis
Day #13--July 16
Detailed Info
Chehalis to Seattle seattle.jpg (26212 bytes)Our last day of riding, again on the STP route, ending exactly where the 1909 ride ended--then, the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, now, the University of Washington.  To see photos from a cycling tour of this portion of the route, click here
Our end point for the ride will be the Drumheller Fountain on the campus of the University of Washington.   Click here to see video of our pre-ride visit to the fountain.
Overnight Location: University of Washington
Day #14--July 17 Special Events in Seattle seattle2.jpg (664057 bytes)Our last day as a group will be devoted to meeting the press in Seattle and getting bikes and baggage boxed up and ready to ship back to everyone's home.

 

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