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Fat Biking in the Oregon Coast Range

Surly Fat Bike takes a rest while sunrises in the Oregon Coast Range.

Fat Bike takes a rest while sunrises in the Oregon Coast Range.

The idea of building a statewide multi-user trail network has been a passion of mine for the last several years. Along these lines, I have been promoting the vision of an Oregon Coast Pathway since 2010.  This interest naturally led me to the Salmonberry Corridor trail, a project in the preliminary planning phase, which would connect Banks to Tillamook via the Oregon Coast Range. After attending my first meeting last fall, I have been following the project closely and was determined to attend the latest public meeting last Friday in Wheeler as a representative of the Northwest Trail Alliance.

Now, in the children’s story, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, we learn that sometimes a simple action can lead to a complex chain of events.

If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he’ll ask for a glass of milk. He’ll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, and then he’ll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim…

Wild Salmonberry in the Oregon Coast Range

Wild Salmonberry in the Oregon Coast Range

In my case, you might say the cookie was a salmonberry. I was determined to attend that meeting at the coast. And I decided I wanted to bike there from Portland. And since I was biking there, I decided I should travel as near to the corridor as possible. And since I was going to be biking out there in the wilderness, I figured I ought to take a friend with some experience.  So I hit up  my good friend, bike shop owner, and endurance racer, Nathan Jones, to join me.  And since Jones has started renting Fat Bikes, we figured it might be a good idea to do some gear testing on a long ride that would tackle many road surfaces. So, if you give a mouse a cookie-of-a-meeting in Wheeler, Oregon. It could turn into fat bike demo and adventure in the Coast Range.Salmonberry Corridor Segments

The four segments of the Salmonberry Corridor.

The four segments of the Salmonberry Corridor.

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Coast Hills Classic Among Nation’s Top Spring Rides

Congratulations to our friends at Bike Newport for having their Coast Hills Classic MTB race highlighted by Active.comRegistration is now open for the May 5 event, and there’s $1,500 in prizes up for grabs. If you missed it last year, it was epic. If you raced it, you know! Want to get a taste? Check out this video we made at last year’s event.