Crater Lake and Scenic Oregon Coast Tour – Day 4
Applegate River, Southern Oregon Wine Country, the ghost town of Buncom, historic Jacksonville, Ashland
We shuttle 1 ½ hours inland up the breath-taking Smith River Canyon on day four of the Crater Lake and Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour, to begin our ride in the picturesque Applegate Valley. We follow the Applegate River past vineyards, wineries, and pastoral farmland with the Siskiyou Mountains as a backdrop. Sunset Magazine described this region as “Wine Country, the way it ought to be.” Small boutique wineries without the crowds or opulence are the norm here, where your tasting room server is likely to be the wine maker. Red Lily Vineyards is our picnic lunch stop and gives us an opportunity to sample a local varietal or two as we relax and dip our toes in the peaceful Applegate River.
Back on our bikes, we pass the tiny ghost town of Buncom before tackling our only major climb of the day. It is a scenic ascent toward Woodrat Mountain, a favorite launch sight for paragliders. A few splendid downhills later, we arrive in the historic gold-rush town of Jacksonville. We take a break from the bike to wander the old-west style town, window shop, or perhaps sample wine, cheese, or fresh roasted coffee.
Leaving Jacksonville, we gradually climb through the orchards and vineyards of the Bear Creek Valley and end our ride in the charming, artsy, lively town of Ashland, home of the Tony Award winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival and countless other entertainment venues. The Plaza Inn and Suites, situated on the edge of the town center is our resting place for the next two nights.