Time for some daydreaming: you’re riding on a paved Forest Service road along a quiet creek, then up a climb to a ridge, then out a few miles and down a steep 5-mile grade. You take a right and start a long gradual climb to the ridge, then head back to Powers and an excellent post-ride dinner.
The sky is blue, the people at the rest stops are wonderful and – now for the best part – maybe you see as many as ten vehicles along the 117-mile Cruiser Loop. Or, you can do one of the four shorter routes (30-43-61-76 mi.), or one of the two gravel mountain bike routes, and see even fewer vehicles!
Wait, there’s more. There are many places along the routes where you can stop and not hear a humanly created sound (not cars, not trucks, not skateboarders, not jets overhead). Of course, you have to hold your panting for a split second to achieve total silence, but it’s worth it.
Several years ago I fell in love with this ride and the citizens of Powers, OR, who make it such a fabulous event, the Tour de Fronds on June 20 this year. Go to www.tourdefronds.com to see the details and register. Camping and residential stays are available.
I hear that a Sunday morning pancake breakfast is in the works and could be announced any day. This is great news because, frankly, anticipating this ride for a year and then poof! it’s over just isn’t very satisfactory. Spending a Sunday morning with the volunteers who do such a first-rate job producing this event is a perfect way to say good-bye until next year.
Don’t take my word for it – ask those who spent a night in Powers on Cycle Oregon XXIV. Many have returned.
Sure, it’s a long drive. It takes some effort to get to cycling Heaven. It’s my no. 1 favorite ride of the year.