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Title: My First Cycling Tour From Michigan To Oregon!
Post by: Jgonz on June 12, 2015, 11:47:14 am
Hi there, my name is Jamie. I'm currently about to embark on a bike trip from Jackson Michigan to Portland Oregon. I was just wondering if anyone had any route suggestions or which adventure cycling map would be the best to follow.
Title: Re: My First Cycling Tour From Michigan To Oregon!
Post by: jsieberMT on June 12, 2015, 12:40:15 pm
I'd probably be looking at the Northern Tier to the Lewis and Clark Trail. You can see the different routes in the Adventure Cycling Route Network on the following map:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/interactive-network-map/

More info on Northern Tier:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/northern-tier/

More info on Lewis & Clark:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/lewis-clark/
Title: Re: My First Cycling Tour From Michigan To Oregon!
Post by: CMajernik on June 12, 2015, 01:57:49 pm
Jamie:
Here
Here's a link to a blog post about creating your own route:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/how-to-create-your-own-route/
Title: Re: My First Cycling Tour From Michigan To Oregon!
Post by: litespeed on June 15, 2015, 11:30:09 am
When I went that way I went to Ludington and took the fine ferry across Lake Michigan (Don't pass up the very nice municipal campground in Reed City).

I then crossed Wisconsin and picked up US14 and followed it all the way to Yellowstone with a lengthy scenic stay in the Rapid City area (Mt. Rushmore, Custer monument, Devil's Tower, Etc.). I crossed Idaho mostly on US20 and crossed eastern Oregon on US26. These are good bicycling roads with light to bearable traffic and plenty of shoulders. A lot of US26 in Oregon is almost traffic free. Don't miss McKenzie Pass. It's really beautiful.
Title: Re: My First Cycling Tour From Michigan To Oregon!
Post by: ChiWally on March 07, 2016, 02:59:37 pm
Hey, I was just perusing the message boards and stumbled upon your note about biking through Oregon, Idaho, etc. ... I'm planning a West-to-East ride, trying to get to the RAGBRAI in time for the last week of July. ... Two questions: When you said you took 26 through Oregon, how long did you take to cover the state? And how did you connect from 20-to-26 -- from where to where did you make that connection?

I know this is an old topic, but it's relevant to my ride this summer. Thanks ...
Title: Re: My First Cycling Tour From Michigan To Oregon!
Post by: litespeed on March 07, 2016, 03:20:50 pm
I crossed Oregon from the Idaho border to Florence in about five leisurely (by my standards) days. US26 and US20 join at Vale OR a few miles from the Idaho border. To this day I recall riding US26 across western Oregon as one of the highlights of all my bicycle touring.
Title: Re: My First Cycling Tour From Michigan To Oregon!
Post by: ChiWally on March 07, 2016, 05:07:43 pm
I've NEVER been to Oregon, so I'm really looking forward to that. ... Thanks for the insights. ... Really appreciate it.
Title: Re: My First Cycling Tour From Michigan To Oregon!
Post by: indyfabz on March 11, 2016, 08:34:56 am
I've NEVER been to Oregon, so I'm really looking forward to that. ... Thanks for the insights. ... Really appreciate it.

Have plenty of water capacity and a tolerance for chip seal. Cycle Oregon crossed the state in 2002--Nyssa to Florence, using U.S. 26 for part of the route. It was crispy critter hot a couple of days, and that was the second week of September. But it was a dry heat. :)