Bicyclists take route, off the beaten path
Blue Mountain Eagle
JOHN DAY – A weeklong group ride will bring a pack of bicyclists to Grant County next week.
Bicycle Rides Northwest’s “Rolling Through Time” ride follows a 463-mile route that highlights the history, landmarks and scenery of the area.
The Aug. 9-16 ride starts and ends in Spray, looping through Heppner, Meadowbrook Pass, Prairie City, John Day, Dayville and Kimberly. The route follows a portion of the Old West Scenic Bikeway along the Middle Fork John Day River, over Dixie Summit and through the John Day Valley.
Overnight stops include the Depot RV Park in Prairie City on Aug. 13 and the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day Aug. 14-15.
“We are persistent in seeking out quiet and scenic routes for our riders’ enjoyment, and this year’s Oregon Ride includes miles of riding that is definitely off the beaten path,” said Sanna Phinney, executive director of Bicycles Rides Northwest.
She said the riders always note “how much they enjoy interacting with the local people in the areas that we ride through and camp in,” and they also tend to do business with local restaurants and businesses along the route.