Oregon's High Desert by Bicycle

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What to do on a rainy Portland weekend to escape the dreariness?  Head over to the Deschutes River!  A group of fifteen students and faculty made the trek over Mount Hood and parked their little yellow school bus about eight miles east of Bear Springs.  The bikes were unloaded and the team began the thirty mile ride for the day.  The first section was all downhill- in fact just about the whole trip was downhill.


We rode past beautiful sunlit wheat fields, on old highways and through small towns.  The group stopped at White River Falls State Park and then made the glorious descent down, down, down to the storied Deschutes River.  We camped near where the White River adds its flow to the Deschutes.  The stars were spectacular that night.  On Sunday we hiked to the top of the nearby ridge where we could see as far as Mt. Jefferson and into the great Oregon desert.