By Meghan Glova
Central Oregon Daily
Lots of tents and plenty of sore muscles out in Tumalo Monday night at Cycle Oregon rolls through for the first time in a dozen years.
More than 1,500 cyclists took a two-wheeled adventure to Tumalo on Monday – just a small portion of a nearly 500-mile ride.
“Cycle Oregon is a non-profit organization, we were started about 32 years ago,” said Steve Schultz, executive director of Cycle Oregon. “We were started to provide economic benefit to rural Oregon by riding your bicycle.”
Monday marked day two of a week long journey.
Riders took off early Monday morning from Rainbow, Oregon, rode on Highway 126 and the Old McKenzie Highway to Sisters, then finished their 67-mile day at Tumalo State Park.
For cyclist Mishell Goodman, Central Oregon is one of the most special…and scenic parts of the state-wide trip.
“I just love the adventure and seeing a part of Oregon that I don’t take the time, any time other than on my bike to go see,” Goodman said.
After cycling for twelve years, Goodman says there is no better way to experience Central Oregon than on two wheels.
“I always say the bike is the best tool to have because running takes too long, walking you’d never make it, a car you’re going to drive too fast and go off of the main roads,” she said. “A bike is the one tool that you can travel and see things that I would never take the time in a car or walk there to go enjoy that.”
Cycle Oregon is a family friendly event, both on and off the road.
Goodman has been riding alongside her brother Jeff this week and he is letting nothing hold him back during his first Cycle Oregon experience.
“Cycle Oregon has been on my bucket list for a number of years and my friend and sister Mishell said, you can do it and age is not a factor,” said Jeff Anderson.
Whether they know it or not, cyclists will be pedaling for a purpose this week.
As proceeds from Cycle Oregon will help preserve and protect various parts of Oregon and support community development projects.