Crater Lake and Scenic Oregon Coast Tour – Day 9
Secluded roads, 40 Miles of sweet downhill, Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway
It is our ninth day on the Crater Lake and Oregon Coast Bike Tour and it starts out with a visual bang as we head up beautiful Canton Creek on an isolated one lane BLM road up to the distant skyline. We won’t see more than a handful of cars for the next 30 miles on this mesmerizing section of our route. At about the 19 mile mark we summit, take in the view with a picnic lunch. We gather our courage for the next section of our route, immediately plunging down a twisty, cliffhanging road with an average 10% grade. Whoa Nellie, hold on tight to those handlebars! Very quickly we level out as we meet up with Sharp Creek and the forest understory. The road widens and turns buttery smooth here. We creep back into civilization as we turn onto Row River Road and hook up with the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway, a Rails-to-Trails paved bikeway that takes us along the north shore of Dorena Lake. We’ll pass our final two covered bridges on our way into Cottage Grove and end our ride at Hard Knocks Brewing for a toast to our grand adventure. Here we will say our goodbyes with fond memories of our wonderful journey together.