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Registration opens for June 14 Gorge Ride

A RIDER MAKES the climb up the Rowena Loops through the Columbia Gorge.

A RIDER MAKES the climb up the Rowena Loops through the Columbia Gorge.

Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway have announced the eighth annual fundraising Gorge Ride, scheduled June 14, 2014.

Registration is open through www.gorgeride.eventbrite.com.

Bicyclists will again ride on the Historic Columbia River Highway from the 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.

More than 435 people participated in the 2013 Gorge Ride.

“Great ride today,” one rider commented. “Loved cycling through the cherry orchards and then being served fresh Chelan cherries at the Mayerdale Estate rest stop. Also appreciated the volunteers at Hood River end educating us on the Historic Highway. Got my free poster!”

The Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway support the restoration and reconnection of the historic highway through the Columbia River Gorge. The group’s vision is to educate the public about the historic highway, advocate for the restoration and preservation of the existing drivable portions of the historic highway to their 1920s appearance and linking drivable portions with pedestrian and bicycle accessible connections, creating a continuous route through the Columbia River Gorge.

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