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Bicycle Adventures Cycles Guests Through Seven Wonders Of Oregon On Seven Distinct Itineraries - Two New For 2014


First came the Seven Wonders of the World. Now guests can experience the Seven Wonders of Oregon by traveling with a Pacific Northwest active travel company, Bicycle Adventures www.bicycleadventures.com that guides two-wheel tours in North America, Hawaii and New Zealand.

These are seven distinct bicycle vacations that showcase the drama of Oregon's diverse terrain, from poignantly blue Crater Lake to the dramatic Oregon coast to Oregon's Little Switzerland in Wallowa County. The program is in partnership with Travel Portland and Travel Oregon that are launching a multi-million-dollar campaign that supports cycling as an integral component to the state's tourism appeal and revenue.

"We're in a prime position to help with this promotion. We've already had in place for several years, bicycle vacations in five of the seven regions designated by the state," said Todd Starnes, owner/president. "We embraced the spirit and created two new itineraries or 2014 to round out our Seven Wonders of Oregon rides."

"Seeing Oregon by bike is a unique and exciting experience, moving at a speed where you're actually getting from Point A to Point B, but not so fast that you can't enjoy all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes along the way," states the TravelOregon.comwebsite. "It's our goal to make our state the best place in America to ride a bike."

In the spirit of this seven wonders quest, Bicycle Adventures has just added two new adventures for the 2014 season, which complete the seven-trip roster.

John Day & Painted Hills is a new trip that departs on June 20 from Bend, OR, into a landscape that some may think time forgot. "Miles from everywhere," as the locals say, Eastern Oregon is an undiscovered, brilliant wonderland. The eye-popping terrain of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is straight out of a child's storybook, hence its place on the list of Oregon's Seven Wonders. Sometimes covering 100 miles a day, guests bicycle past striped hills, giant monoliths and trees where bald eagles gossip; they pedal through terrain where sparkling rivers and sun-streaked ponderosa pine forests compete with thousand-year-old fossil-laden mounds; they climb epic hills and descend into equally epic valleys. Chances are the only vehicle in sight is the just-in-case support van. The per person double rate for three nights and four days is $2,095. http://bicycleadventures.com/destinations/oregon-bike-tours/John-Day-&-Painted-Hills---NEW!

Wallowas & Hells Canyon is the second new trip in Oregon this season. Tucked between Oregon's Blue Mountains and the Snake River is an astonishingly beautiful region dominated by the Wallowa Mountains in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. This place has rightly earned its title as one of Oregon's Seven Wonders. Guest bicycle through the land that Nez Perce Chief Joseph called home and spent much of his life trying to get back for his people. In addition to up to 80 miles a day on bikes, guests paddle the waters of Wallowa Lake, ringed by breathtaking peaks. Aromas of fir, pine and spruce blend with such Oregon specialties as hazelnut pancakes with Marion berry syrup. A ride to Hells Canyon reveals what is said to be the deepest river gorge in North America. A 3,700-ft. gondola ferries guests from the lake to the summit of Mt. Howard. Guests transfer from Pasco or Walla Walla, WN, on July 7 for this four-day / three night adventure. http://bicycleadventures.com/destinations/oregon-bike-tours/Wallowas-&-Hells-Canyon---NEW!

The additional five wonders include southern Oregon and a lake of impenetrable depth and color blue on the seven-day Oregon Crater Lake Classic that includes accommodations at the venerable Crater Lake Lodge and an overnight on the McKenzie River. Dunes, sea lions and Dungeness Crab highlight the six-day Oregon Coast Casual (or Oregon Coast Classic) ride. The 'Windsurfing Capital of the World' takes center stage on Bicycle Adventures' six-day Hood River Casual.  Enjoying another venerable accommodation, Timberline Lodge, is a highlight while on the six-day Columbia Gorge Classic, and urban adventure, wine and beer tasting plus more high country riding through the Cascades are on tap on the four-day Bend Breakaway.

For more information, availability and reservations on these and other Oregon programs, contact Bicycle Adventures by phone: (800) 443.6060, email: office@bicycleadventures.com or visit online at: http://bicycleadventures.com/.
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