10/4/14: The route this week is GORGE RIDE: MULTNOMAH FALLS (39.4 miles, 2,415 feet).


This route follows the Old Columbia River Hwy - from Troutdale to Multnomah Falls.  We start and end the ride at the McMenamins Edgefield Manor in Troutdale.  We will be parking in the back lot  - SW corner of property.  Heading east on Halsey, take the first Edgefield entrance.  The route follows the Historic Columbia River Highway out the Gorge to Multnomah Falls.  The planned route is a simple out-and-back.  On the way you will encounter Dabney Park (where the climbing starts) and then ride through Springdale and Corbett.  There's a store in Corbett if you need anything.  After Corbett, you will next encounter the Portland Women's Forum - the first grand view of the Gorge - and the top of the climb.  Be sure to turn in.  After this you will head downhill to Vista House - again a great view, and restrooms.  From here it's a beautiful, curving three-mile decent on new pavement!  Then you'll start to hit the falls - Latourell, Bridal Veil, Wahkeena, and finally Multnomah.  Be careful in the fall areas as there's lots of traffic, parked cars and pedestrians milling about.  Once at Multnomah Falls you can enjoy the falls, get some coffee and/or ice cream, and then head back.   If you're really ambitious you can now ride all the way to Cascade Locks via the new bike path.  This adds 27 miles to the ride.  We've included a map/cue on the weekly ride e-mail for this longer ride - 66.5 miles and 3,865 feet.  If you have the time and energy it's an awesome addition!  Lastly, enjoy the opportunity to finish off the ride with some brew and pizza or burgers at one of Edgefield's pubs. 

This ride is more informal than our normal Saturday rides.  Due to the simplicity of route there will be no Ride Leaders or assigned speed groups.  Riders can group up as they desire and head out at 9 am after the normal briefing.  We would like to keep group size to 10 or less riders (throughout the ride) given the narrow roads, curvy terrain and the expected traffic on a nice fall Saturday.  The weather for this Saturday looks to be great - partly cloudy to clear with ride temperatures between the mid 60's to mid 70's.

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