Crater Lake & Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour – Day 3
McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway, lava moonscapes, Dee Wright Observatory, volcanic vistas, Sisters, Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway, Bend
On the third day of our Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades tour we bicycle into a volcanic wonderland, descend to the charming old west town of Sisters, and finish our ride in Bend, the hot spot of central Oregon. We loosen up those stiff legs this morning with an easy pedal east to the McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway. We ramble through an old growth forest, up a tight road with a dozen switchbacks, and emerge onto a lunar landscape of lava and not so distant volcanoes. A few awe-inspiring miles later, we arrive at the Dee Wright Observatory, our summit, and lunch. We take in the amazing vistas and identify the nearby volcanoes from strategically placed observatory windows as we eat. Back on our bikes, a sweet downhill takes us into the wild-west artsy town of Sisters and a noticeable change in environment. We are in high desert cowboy country now. Stroll around Sisters a bit, it won’t take long, before hopping back on your mechanical steed for the last 30 miles of riding along the Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway into Bend and our lodging at Pine Ridge Inn. Cascade Lakes Brewing Company is across the street and the Pine Ridge Inn offers a complementary glass of wine or beer. Tonight we dine at the Pine Tavern in Downtown Bend.