Overview - July 7 - 15, 2018

Oregon's summer climate is wonderful for bike touring. Our starting point for riding is the Historic Banks - Vernonia Rail to Trail. We'll ride 21 miles of paved, tree-lined, easy-grade, through sun-dappled forests, across clear streams and along meadows bursting with wildflowers.  We'll ride over thirteen historic wooden train trestles from days of the past.

The next two days we'll ride on beautiful paved rural back roads through the peaceful Coast Range leading us to the town Seaside, Oregon on the Pacific ocean.

We'll have a tailwind for our 6 days of riding on the spectacular Oregon Coastline on The Pacific Coast Bicycle Route. As only a cyclist can, we'll enjoy magnificent ocean views, stopping to explore long stretches of sandy beaches, investigate tidal pools and pedal past rustic farmsteads. Imagine cool mornings, sunny afternoons, and campfires in the evening. We'll ride through many small towns, including Cannon Beach and Manzanita. Not to be missed is a night in Cape Kiwanda across the street from the Pelican Brewery. We'll have a short ride this day, so if you want to take surf lessons you will be able to from the Moment Surf Company.

We'll return to the Willamette Valley following the North Fork of the Siuslaw River. Our last night we will have a celebration dinner at a local Public House. In the morning our final ride ends back in Eugene where we started around mid-afternoon.


Looking south towards Florence, Oregon.

Looking south towards Florence, Oregon.

This tour style is self supported, meaning no vehicles will be supporting our small group. Total mileage is 340 miles for 9 days, averaging just 38 miles per day.

We will be camping in Oregon state and county parks with the exception of one night in Oceanside. Here we will be staying in a beautiful private home in town on the bay.

Over the last five years, Ruth has taught many classes on how to bike tour successfully. She will provide gear lists and answer questions, before, during and after this tour.

What is included:

  • 9 Days
  • Camping/Indoor
  • 10 riders
  • Meals (25% at restaurants)
  • Maps, cue sheets, GPS files
  • Group cooking gear
  • Tour Leader Ruth Miller

Difficulty rating: Intermediate+

Start Point: Eugene, Oregon

Finish Point: Eugene, Oregon

Deposit: $100 (50% refunded if canceled 90 days before start date).

In an effort to make DamselTours affordable for all women we offer sliding scale, 3 tiered payment system. All participants receive the same tour experience no matter which level they choose. All payments are kept strictly confidential.

Level one is lowest price in order to join the tour. Level two is for those women who can afford slightly more. While level three is for those who can afford a slightly larger payment.

Price's: level 1 = $775  level 2 = $850  level 3 = $925

Checks and PayPal accepted. Email ruth@damseltours.com for more details.

Roosevelt Elk in the Oregon Coast Range.

Roosevelt Elk in the Oregon Coast Range.

Points of interest listed by day:

1. Banks-Vernonia Rails to Trail State Park: http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=104

2. Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/visitors/jewell_meadows_wildlife_area.asp

3. Seaside’s Historic Promenade: http://www.seasideor.com/seaside-stories/seaside-or-promenade/ and Cannon Beach’s famous Haystack Rock: http://www.cannonbeach.org/explore/Haystack-Rock-in-Cannon-Beach-Oregon

4. Oregon Coast Historic Railroad: http://www.oregoncoastscenic.org/ and http://www.tillamookair.com/ and Blue Heron French Cheese Company: http://www.blueheronoregon.com/ and Cape Meares Lighthouse and scenic backroad. http://www.capemeareslighthouse.org/

5. Netarts Bay Fresh Oysters: http://netartsoyster.com/ and Cape Kiwanda Dory Fishing fleet: https://theoregoncoast.info/PacificCity/Dorymen.html and http://pelicanbrewing.com/story/#about

6. The Newport Aquarium http://www.newportaquarium.com/Things-To-Do and a favorite Brewery is just down the road. http://www.rogue.com/?age-verified=a67dfb7743

7. Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. From our campground we can take short hikes to a 500 year old giant Sitka Spruce, Tidal Pools, Devil’s Churn, Thor’s Well Cook’s Chasm and Spouting Horn. We can also ride our bikes 2 miles up to Cape Perpetua overlook.

8. Heceta Lighthouse http://www.hecetalighthouse.com/interpretive-center Sea Lion Caves http://www.sealioncaves.com/about.php Celebration on the River in Mapleton!

9. https://www.theoutbound.com/oregon/chillin/explore-the-triangle-lake-rock-slides-and-lake-creek-falls

Space is limited to a small group. Please email Ruth today at mailto:ruth@damseltours.com to signup and reserve your spot.