Let me know any updates you might want to pass on to other readers. I appreciate any help that makes Cycling Sojourner a better resource. Thanks!

TRUE WEST CHAPTER:

I got word that the soaking stalls were icky at Ritter Hot Springs, an optional side trip in the book.

BUT, reader Sharon Mogg follows up with: “FYI: The soaking stall at Ritter Hot Springs are going to be torn down at the end of this season and completely redone with nice tile and a new building, so have no fear, it is a destination for cyclists that will get better and better. Be sure to plan your trip in 2013 to include a visit to brand new soaking stalls. :)”

Also, I heard from a reader that the convenience store in Kimberly (only thing there) has closed! Don’t rely on that resource.

CASCADE CLASSIC CHAPTER:

Sadly, Poppies in Sisters has closed : (( It might shift ownership.

Reader Paul Lieberman wrote in noting that in late July 2012 there was construction on the tunnel on Hwy 58 and suggested hitching a ride in the back of a pick-up. Check with the Oregon Department of Transportation for updates.

Just found out from reader Lynne Tolman that the last two turns of Day Two of the Cascade Classic cues are MIA. Seems they got lost in the final layout stages (Grrrr). Here are the missing cues:

36.3   *      Cresent Creek Cottages and RV Park

37.9   left   Cresent Cut Off Road to ‘Davis Lake’

41.1   left   Cascades Lake Highway

47.5   *      E Davis Lake Campground

51.5   *      Lava Flow Campground

55.4   *      N Davis Creek Campground

61.9   *      Rock Creek Campground

63.5   *      Quinn River Campground

From reader Tree Bressen: Eugene public bus fare has risen to $1.75.

HELLS CANYON, HELLS YES

On the cue sheets for Day One and Day Three (from Baker City and Joseph, respectively) the first cues have directionals that are incorrect (south is north and east is west, respectively).

TOUR OF TERRIOR: THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINE COUNTRY

Here are some notes from JM:

Took my very first bike tour last fall and enjoyed it Hugely. My husband tours often, but I never have. Thanks for the direction.

Two notes on McMinville and area:
First, we highly recommend Morning Thunder, it is just down the street from Hotel Oregon and run by a very nice and friendly man who used to cook at one of the fancy and expensive places. It is tasty, the portions are ample, and it is not as expensive. It is also family friendly, although small.

Second, when leaving Carlton, we just went over to Westside road and came into the back of McMinville that way. No real shoulder but no real traffic either. (Note from Ellee: I found this road had significant traffic. Consider avoiding Westside at least during busy hours. Plus, taking Westside makes you miss NW Poverty Bend Rd, a favorite for some other readers.)

LOVE the little bakery in Carlton BTW. Thanks for the encouragement and great info about touring in the valley.

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  1. desert wren

    Took my very first bike tour last fall and enjoyed it Hugely. My husband tours often, but I never have. Thanks for the direction.

    Two notes on McMinville and area:
    First, we highly recommend Morning Thunder, it is just down the street from Hotel Oregon and run by a very nice and friendly man who used to cook at one of the fancy and expensive places. It is tasty, the portions are ample, and it is not as expensive. It is also family friendly, although small.

    Second, when leaving Carlton, we just went over to Westside road and came into the back of McMinville that way. No real shoulder but no real traffic either.

    LOVE the little bakery in Carlton BTW. Thanks for the encouragement and great info about touring in the valley. JM

    • Ellee

      Sounds like you had a fabulous tour! Awesome. Thanks so much for your comments! I’ll post them in the book updates. If you have any photos you’d like to share, send them my way!