April 30, 2013
The following is a photo essay accompanying the story,"Cycling the Old West Scenic Bikeway" by Russ Roca and Laura Crawford, which appeared in the May issue of Adventure Cyclist.
The Kam Wah Chung historical site is the suggested starting point of the
Old West Scenic Bikeway and also provides a great place to have a picnic.
Leaving the grassy ranch lands of Long Creek and headed towards Monument, OR.
Prairie City, Oregon, is on the TransAmerica Trail as well as the
Old West Scenic Bikeway making it no stranger to bicycle tourists.
Roan Coffee Company located in Prairie City is bicycle friendly
and has plans to include a collection of bike repair tools.
Riding by the majestic Cathedral Rock.
Craft beer and hamburgers with gluten free buns are some of the surprises you’ll find at the Austin House Café and Country Store in Bates, Oregon. If you want to end your day there, they also offer camping.
The Old West Scenic bikeway has signage to keep you from getting lost.
The newly formed Bates State Park has a dedicated hiker/biker site beneath
some trees and even has an electrical outlet for charging your electronic devices.
The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center is a great place to fill up water bottles and take in the view.
The Dunstan Homestead Preserve, which is managed by the
Nature Conservancy, is a great place for a lunch break.
In 2009, Russ Roca and Laura Crawford sold all their belongings to travel by bicycle and began PathLessPedaled.com. They traveled for three years and gave presentations to inspire others to travel by bike along the way. Currently, they are calling Portland, Oregon, home and have switched hats from being active bike travelers to advocating for bicycle tourism and travel. You can follow their adventures on PathLessPedaled.com.
Photos by Russ Roca
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