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The Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway Turns One Year Old!

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments

 

Happy 1st birthday to the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway!

Happy 1st birthday to the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway!

 

Happy birthday to the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway! We can’t believe the 10th designated scenic bikeway is already a year old. It seems like just yesterday that we were cutting the ribbon to celebrate the bikeway’s Inaugural Ride.

With a year of happy cyclists merrily pedaling the 50 mile route, it’s safe to say that the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway will be enjoyed for years and years to come. Intermediate and advanced cyclists journey through the quaint downtowns (with coffee pit stops aplenty) and friendly farms (with seasonal farm stands ready for mid-ride snacks). Cyclists of all skill levels can then together enjoy the 21-mile tail-end of the bikeway, the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, with its lush greenery and paved path.

In addition to everyday cyclists, there have been plenty of accolades coming in for the bikeway. Allison George of the Washington County Visitors Association received Travel Oregon’s Tourism Development Award for her dedicated work to launching the bikeway. Grant McOmie of Grant’s Getaways jumped in on the bikeway love, as well, in a feature segment. Plus, this video from Travel Oregon caught the bikeway—and some of its adoring riders—in action:

We could gush on and on, lovingly sharing turn-by-turn details of the bikeway…Oh wait! We already  have! Check out the blog’s Wheel Turn series for an in-depth look at all 50 miles of the bikeway, stretch by beautiful stretch:

Have you ridden the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway yet? When you do, be sure to share your experience (and some fun pictures) with us over on the bikeway’s Facebook page. Help us celebrate the bikeway’s first year and beyond.

P.S. Ready to cycle through even more of the Tualatin Valley? Sign up for the September 28 Harvest Century Bike Ride!

Harvest Splendor in Oregon’s Washington County

Posted on: September 4th, 2013 by Jackie Luskey 2 Comments
The Annual Corn Roast serves up over 4 tons of freshly picked, local corn!

The Annual Corn Roast serves up over 4 tons of freshly picked, local corn!

Harvest. It’s the time when we—quite literally—reap the rewards of a ripe season. Here in Oregon’s Washington County, the prime harvest months are among the best to visit because here harvest means so much. With an abundance of harvest events, see what harvest time means to us and to you.

49th Annual Corn Roast
Sunday, September 22, 2013 | 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Pacific University’s West Lawn of Marshall Hall

To see the immensity of one crop’s yield, the 49th Annual Corn Roast showcases heaps of fresh roasted corn picked that morning. Don’t worry, there will be more than enough. In years past, over four tons of locally grown corn has been consumed at this old-timey barbeque.

11th Annual Harvest Century Bike Ride
Sunday September 29, 2013 | 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Hillsboro Civic Center

We’ve been gorging on harvest like Dionysus haven’t we? Sweat it out while still enjoying the views of this bountiful season at the 11th Annual Harvest Century Bike Ride. Cyclists pedal a 3 mile, 45 mile, 75 mile, or 100 mile ride through autumn foliage. To keep the Dionysus in us all happy, there is a pit stop at Montinore Estate.

Ponzi Harvest Tour
Saturday October 5-6, 2013 | 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. tours | Ponzi Vineyards

No talk of harvest would we complete without talk of wine. To tour a state-of-the-art winery while it’s in the midst of its full production, sign up for the Ponzi Harvest Tour ($50 per person). Their international harvest crew can’t wait to show off their amazing four-level gravity-flow winemaking facility.

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Two New Bicycling Tour Events Here

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by Angie Marsh No Comments

The pristine paved roads meandering past vineyards, through valleys and next to farmland in Washington County will be pedaled by cyclists in new organized bike events this summer.

Enjoy a tree-filled backdrop when cycling here. Photo by Kevin Pastores.

Wine, Women & Wheels

Wine, Women & Wheels makes its Washington County debut Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Enjoy rest stops at vineyard cellars, lavender fields and herb farms on your choice of a 25- or 45-mile loop. In addition, riders will be treated to music, entertainment and gourmet foods. Professionals will be on the route to provide support for technical problems such as flat tires. Both routes conclude at Hawks View Cellars in Sherwood for a post-ride celebration complete with a gourmet vineyard lunch. Also onsite will be the Wine, Women and Wheels marketplace, offering clothing, products, services and information. For details and registration, visit this Breakaway Promotions page.

Savvy Cycling’s Grand Tour

“Savvy Cycling’s Grand Tour Portland” is Sunday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 29, offering varied rides each day. The host hotel is The Grand at Bridgeport in Tigard, which is home base for all rides. Set out each day to ride alongside vineyards, rolling farmland and other picturesque views. Routes are carefully selected by veteran bike tour operator Wayne Broadhag, whom they refer to as the tour’s “Route Master.” His many years of experience as both rider and route designer means he’ll use his expertise to create varied cycling routes for different cycling abilities, with stops highlighting unique and interesting area attractions.

The cost of participating includes daily hot buffet breakfast and one food event. Every night ends with happy hour. A special room rate at The Grand at Bridgeport is available for Tour participants. For details, visit Savvy Cycling.

….And More

Rides returning to the area for summer 2013 include:

Tour de Cure, Hillsboro – July 20
Beaverton, Banks & Beyond – Aug. 24
Harvest Century – Sept. 29

Enjoy the ride!

 

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Summer Bike Events

Posted on: May 31st, 2012 by Angie Marsh 2 Comments

Summer  2012 boasts the most bike events ever to take place in Washington County! Best of all, the length of events ranges from a 1 1/2 mile ride to 100 miles. Registration is now open for all rides (where applicable). Will I see you on two wheels at the Harvest Century ride? I hope so!

Here are the rides we’ve come across:

Sunday Trailways
Sunday, June 24
Sunday Trailways is a new Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District event that will showcase the Fanno Creek Regional Trail. All ages and activity levels are welcome to come walk, run or bike and enjoy more than four miles of fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as activities and environmental education. Six selected points along the route will have activities ranging from crafts to food booths. Participation is free.

Vamonos Hillsboro Bike Ride
Saturday, July 7
Join Metro and Hillsboro Futsal for a free, kid friendly bike ride around Hillsboro, from 10 a.m. to noon. Advance registration not required. This ride repeats on Saturday, Aug. 25.

5th Annual Tour de Parks
Saturday, July 21
Tour de Parks is a “biking celebration” offering a choice of a 2-park, 6-park or 10-park family friendly bike ride through Hillsboro. These rides are free and range from 1 1/2 miles to 13 miles, and all begin at 1 p.m.
There is also the option for “Le Grand Tour,” a 62-mile ride that begins at 8 a.m. and requires advance registration for $30.

Wheels to Wine in Washington County
Sunday, July 22
This Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life signature bike event begins at Tualatin Estate Vineyard in Forest Grove and winds through rural roads in Washington County, with riders choosing either a 35-mile route or 65-mile route. The post-ride celebration includes live music, food and wine. Registration is $35 with a pledge requirement as well.

Tour de Cure
Saturday, July 28
Cyclists can choose routes ranging from five miles to 100 for this American Diabetes Association ride–all of which begin and end at Hillsboro Stadium. The Tour de Cure finish line party includes lunch, live music, kids activities and vendor booths. Registration is $25 with a minimum fundraising amount as well.

STIHL Tour de Trees
Sunday, August 5
The STIHL Tour des Trees focuses its weeklong bicycle ride on Oregon this year, and kicks off in Banks on day one of the 585-mile journey that circles through the state and finishes in Portland.

Vamonos Forest Grove Ride
Wednesday, August 15
Join Metro and Adelante Mujeres at the Forest Grove Farmers Market for a free, kid-friendly bike ride around Forest Grove’s 10k Emerald Necklace Loop at 5:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Advance registration not required.

Beaverton, Banks & Beyond Bicycle Tour
Saturday, August 25
This ride offers three options for rolling through several Washington County towns: 32 miles, 64 miles or 86 miles. The overall destination is LL “Stub” Stewart State Park, then looping back to Beaverton, where lunch will be served.

Bike Beaverton 2012
Sunday, September 9
Bike Beaverton is a free, 6-mile jaunt through lower-traffic streets in Beaverton, with a finish line featuring live music and a free ice cream social. More info.

Harvest Century
Saturday, October 8, 2011
In its tenth year, the Harvest Century ride is to “celebrate the coming of a glorious fall” with options of 3-mile, 45-mile, 75-mile or 100-mile route, all of which begin at Hillsboro Stadium and continue along the leaf-scattered rural roads throughout the county. Participants enjoy hot cider at rest stops, a wine tasting and a finish line party featuring a beer garden, catered meal and live music.