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Hood River Valley hosts annual Harvest Ride

The Hood River Valley Residents Committee will host its fifth annual Hood River Harvest Ride this Saturday, Sept. 21.

The bicycle ride will pass through lush green foliage of farms and forests set against blue skies with views of the white glaciers on Mts. Hood and Adams. Often sunny, when Portland and Vancouver are cloudy, the Hood River Valley offers additional opportunities for bike riding in the fall.

Only 30 miles long by 5 miles wide, the valley is small and manageable. Its rich volcanic soil and ample water produce a cornucopia of fruit, vegetable and timber harvests.

The Hood River Valley Residents Committee was founded in 1977 to stop the creation of 2-acre ranchettes in the valley. Now they are expanding their farm and forest preservation mission to include bike and walking advocacy. The Hood River Harvest Ride celebrates farm appreciation and preservation along with the sheer beauty of the valley in the fall.

The Hood River Valley topography was shaped, progressively, by volcanoes, giant glaciers and finally, the Columbia Floods, creating riding conditions many cyclists can appreciate, including terrain with a lot of variety.

The Hood River Harvest Ride features five loops, each of which has its own character and appeal. These loops can be combined or done separately, as fitness allows. Easy family-friendly, moderate and challenging routes are all available.

Along the way are points of interest: farm stands, two museums and a winery. Any purchases made will be delivered back to the starting point without additional charge by a special courier.

The Hood River Fairgrounds, located in the center of the valley, is the start and terminus point of the ride.

With pre-registration the Harvest Ride ride costs $50 for adults, $20 for kids under age 14 and $130 for a family of 6. The ride will start at 8 a.m. and finish by 5 p.m.. Reasonably priced, off site child care is available.

For more information or to volunteer or register visit the website: www.hrHarvestRide.com

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