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Scenic cycling tour begins and ends in Goldendale


Andrew Christiansen

INTO THE SUN: The first rider hit Bickleton Highway at 6:28 a.m. He made it to the Rock Creek bridge at 7:15 a.m. about 15 minutes ahead of the next rider.

A large group of bicycle riders and support people filtered into Goldendale on Saturday, the prelude to Bicycle Northwest's bicycle tour around Washington. Starting a little after sunrise on Sunday morning, the first of 280 riders, ages 13 to 84, headed east on the Bickleton Highway on the first leg of a seven-day tour called "Grape Vines and Mountain Climbs."

The itinerary for the ride took cyclists to Sunnyside via Bickleton on day one, a trip of 70.7 miles. The long, winding road down to Mabton was the reward for a day that had the early challenge of Rock Creek Canyon.

• Monday was a relatively leisurely ride through the Yakima Valley farm country. The riders skirted downtown Yakima via the paved trail that eventually headed them to Naches where they spent their second night.

Andrew Christiansen

NOW THE FUN BEGINS: Cyclists approach the Rock Creek bridge around 7:30 a.m., after a long downhill coast along the winding Bickleton Highway. Ahead of them was an equally long climb back up to the plateau heading to Bickleton.

• Tuesday was a ride up Highway 12 with a loop around Rimrock Lake and a final push to Cascade Peaks campground near Randall. The plan was to stay two nights at the campground with two rides to pick from for Wednesday, either a ride to Mount St. Helens or a tour of Gifford Pinchot Forest.

• The tour continues on Thursday along paved Forest Road 25 to Carson, the longest leg of the trip at 89.9 miles.

• Friday's itinerary is to ride to Underwood, up to BZ Corners and to Trout Lake for the night.

• The final day is 55.4 miles through Glenwood and back to Goldendale.

The entire trip covers about 460 miles. More about Bicycle Northwest and rides for Oregon and Washington can be found at


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