On May 13, Travel Oregon announced that bicycling contributes $400 million to Oregon Tourism, with impact especially large in the Columbia River Gorge.
The seventh annual Gorge Ride, June 15, is part of this tourism economy. Registration is now open through www.gorge
Sponsored by the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Gorge Ride introduces participants to the Historic Columbia River Highway and Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail in Wasco and Hood River counties. In addition, funds raised by the ride will be used to enhance the highway, through projects such as a Gateway monument near The Dalles and a proposed bike hub in Mosier.
Bicyclists participating in the 2013 Gorge Ride will enjoy the Historic Columbia River Highway from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail in Mosier and continue on to the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead east of Hood River and return. This 38.5-mile trip includes the vista at Rowena Crest, travel through the Mosier Twin Tunnels and a rest stop (twice) at the historic Mayerdale Estate.
Photos and information about last year’s ride are available at www.hcrh.org. More than 450 people participated in the 2012 Gorge Ride.
The Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway support the restoration and reconnection of the historic highway through the Columbia River Gorge.