Western route: Does anyone have info. about the quality of cycling on the numerous secondary roads? It looks like one could piece together a nice tour almost entirely on these roads, but how to tell which offer good cycling?
Eastern route: Has anyone ridden Hwy 97 and the loop around Mt. Hood? I've got an old Oregon cycling map that indicates that these are "prefered" cycling routes because of wide shoulders and/or low traffic. Clearly Hwy 97 is a major north/south route. This route looks attractive and should, on average, have somewhat lower temps. in Sept., but if it has relentless, unpleasant traffic, we'd look more into the western route.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!