Helvetia Tavern Loop

Mia and I signed up for the Crater Lake Rim Tour in late August, we’ve got almost 3 months to get ready for over 7,000′ of climbing in 60 miles.  So today was a bit of a chance to do some shorter climbs and enjoy some nice local views.

Helvetia Tavern is less than 5 miles from our place in a straight line.  We have a round about route that takes us past the Tavern and then into some hills. I’ve been by the tavern numerous times, but we have not been for dinner yet.  They are apparently known quite well for their burgers and fries.  So we’ve got to hit them up soon.  Every ride that leads me by there, just smells awesome (in that grease/diner sort of way).

It’s smack-dab in the middle of a bunch of farmland and is always busy.  I don’t think I have ridden by yet without the parking lot being pretty packed.

Hay season is here

It was crazy busy with cyclists out on the road today.  I think Mia and I saw no less than 25-30 riders in various group sizes.  All the way from singles to a couple larger groups of 8-10 people.

Roses are in full bloom too

We did a little over 31 miles today, with I think about 1500′ of climbing.  Yesterday was a flat 30 miles with less than 550′ of elevation.  That’s still one of my favorite things about our current living location.  I’ve got route options of almost dead flat in the valley, or climb up towards Skyline and get in over 2500′ of climbing in just 35 miles.  It doesn’t take much route mixing to get a lot more than that too.

Mia did a good job, but I think she was a bit tired towards the end.  Nothing an iced coffee and some snacks won’t fix though.

That’s about it for now.

Thanks for reading


2 Comments Add yours

  1. adventurepdx says:

    The Crater Lake ride will be fun. I rode around it in 2013. Diamond Lake is also beautiful too, and the camping there is nice. They actually have a free hiker/biker site there too!

    1. onrhodes says:

      I’m looking forward to it. Should be a blast. I may have to setup the POV camera on the bike for this ride.

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