Oregon Backcountry Discovery Loop

July 21-27 2013
Adventure  Bike Ride by gpsKevin

I have put together a great summer Oregon ride based on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route.  The ride will be a one week adventure ride around some of the coolest parts of the state.  This ride is designed for riders that want a scenic adventure with a mix of  dirt roads.  This is not a ride for expert riders, but rather a scenic ride.  The riding will average 120 miles per day, with my guess about 75% of that being dirt roads.  The ride starts in Klamath Falls and makes a large loop around the state.  Each evening we will spend the night in a different lodge.

Status: This ride is currently open to new riders joining us, see the ride description below, 10 rider limit

Overview Map of the Ride

Note:  I do understand that some of you like to study the details of the ride, so here is a link to my  planning document.  You are welcome to review it and please understand that I will keep updating it until days before the ride.

This is a gps ride, you will need a Garmin gps with a microSD card slot.
I can recommend one if you like, send me an email.
With your ride sign up you will receive a microSD card with custom maps for the ride and gps files by email.
Saturday evening you will receive gps training during the rider's meeting
You will also receive paper map handouts.

How does the ride Navigation work?

This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own.  You are responsible for your own riding.  You will be given a GPS map file and instruction on how to use your Garmin GPS unit.  People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together.  You are not encouraged to ride alone.  You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.  (see my ride Navigation Video)

Cost to join this ride is $600
The money covers 7 nights hotels and the final night celebration dinner.  It also covers GPS files, both Tracklogs, and GPS Background Maps.  I will also provide a printed daily ride plan with Printed Daily Ride maps all designed specifically for our route. 

Who is signed up for this ride? see below

Google Spreadsheet

Questions email: gpsKevin@gmail.com

You might enjoy this video from Touratech and GlobeRiders.  Our ride is largely based on the routes they put together. We will do some of this, but no camping or cooking for ourselves this time. The water crossing and tougher stuff will be optional.

So, enjoy their video

OK since many of you might like to study more details about the ride, below is a ton of info about the plan and routes.

First the link to the detailed planning document is below.  This is my working plan so it will continue to evolve as the ride gets near. (This link is the really cool details of the ride so CLICK IT!)

Ride Plan Maps
I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride.  At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool.  If you click the Earth or Satellite tab and start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail.   I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!
The Red lines are optional hard routes
The Blue lines are the main routes
The Green lines are the easy scenic routes

Ride Map Day1

Ride Map Day2

Ride Map Day3

Ride Map Day4

Ride Map Day5

Ride Map Day6

Questions email: gpsKevin@gmail.com


Q: How does this "Loop Route" vary from the cross state Discovery Trail?
A:  I have taken the routes through the mountains and dropped the routes through the desert areas realizing that in the summer the deserts are hot anyway,and  I have created some new mountain routes to complete the loop.