We don’t just take you on a bike ride; we take you on a week-long experience. A typical day in the life of a Bicycle Rides Northwest trip looks a lot like this.
5:30 a.m. – Rise and Shine
Many of our guests start their day around this time, and you’ll hear the subtle sound of clicking tent poles in camp as folks begin to take down their tents. Early starts allow for cool morning temperatures, no or little traffic on the route, and plenty of time to dismantle your tent and camping gear, prep your bike, and fuel up with breakfast and coffee.
5:30 a.m. – Coffee & hot water are available for that early-morning pick-me-up. We serve freshly ground coffee provided by Strictly Organic Coffee in Bend, Oregon. Hot tea, hot chocolate and cider are all available as well.
5:30 a.m. – Showers open. Wake up with a hot shower and fresh towel in the morning, if that is your preference. During layover days, shower hours may change.
5:45 a.m. – Baggage is accepted at the baggage trucks. We’ll take your camping gear and baggage to be loaded up for the next camp spot.
6:00 a.m. – Breakfast opens to guests and is served in the dining area at Camp Central. Guests fuel up with our hearty breakfasts of eggs and other protein, pastries, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. Take a moment to relax for a bit before your big day of riding. The sun is rising and helping to dry the morning dew and warm the bones.
7:00 a.m. – Ride!
You’ve packed up your tent, pumped up your tires, and enjoyed a tasty breakfast and coffee. Now it is time to ride the route that we have picked out for you. Routes are all marked and you have a map and route description for each day. We’ve let you know about any interesting points along the way, any new road conditions or last-minute re-routes that you need to be aware of.
7:00 a.m. – Route officially opens. At this time the route is marked and the support crews are on the route.
7:30 a.m. – Showers close for the morning. Last call for showers, until afternoon when you arrive back in camp. Layover days may have different hours for showers.
7:45 a.m. – All baggage needs to be at the trucks and ready to be transported to your next destination. If you have Tent & Porter Service — lucky you — our crew will begin dismantling your tent at this time.
8:00 a.m. – Rest Stop #1 opens. The first rest stop on the course is open and ready for all riders. Enjoy tables full of snacks and drinks prepared by our amazing rest stop crews. Rest Stop #1 will typically close around noon, but is dependent on weather and terrain. Remember, you can drop any clothing that you want to get rid of at the rest stops.
10:00 a.m. – Rest Stop #2 is open and ready for you. You are in the second half of the ride and we won’t leave you hungry or thirsty. This is the time where you stock up again on salty, savory and sweet treats for the last leg of the ride. Closing time for Rest Stop #2 is usually around 2 p.m., but can vary depending on terrain and weather. If it’s hot, we might be able to hose you down and cool you off!
12:00 p.m. – Ride, then Relax at Camp Central
You are likely still enjoying the ride and have encountered a few hills, ducked into a local store along the way or have stopped to take in the scenery. Maybe you’ve cursed the uphills, reveled in the downhills or just pedaled along enjoying the ride. This is the heart of the experience, being on two wheels on quiet country roads, knowing that when you get to your new campsite for the day, you’ll be able to chill out and hang out.
Speedy riders may start arriving at camp by noon, so we make sure everything is ready for you. If you are still riding, that’s okay. You have time to enjoy the ride to camp.
12:00 noon – Rest Stop #1 closes around this time, weather and terrain depending.
12:00 noon – Lunch is available at Camp Central when you finish your ride. We’ll have a lunch that may include sandwiches, wraps, pizza and always a snack or two, plus cold drinks and beer. On layover days, we might send you out on your own to explore the local brewpub or café.
2:00 p.m. – Rest Stop #2 typically closes around this time, weather and terrain depending.
1:00 p.m. – Your baggage will be at camp at a designated spot, waiting for you. You can set up your tent, take a nap or just hang out when you are back from the ride. If you have our Tent & Porter Service, we’ll have your tent, chair and bags set up and waiting for you by 1 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – Charge up your phone, GPS or e-reader at our portable charging station.
2:00 p.m. – Showers open! Wash that hard-earned sweat off with a hot shower and fresh towel. You’ll feel like a brand-new person. Layover day shower hours may differ in the afternoons.
2:00 p.m. – Massage services are open. If you’ve reserved a massage, you may be enjoying a luxurious recovery with one of our massage therapists.
4:00 p.m. – Lunch is over. The time between lunch and dinner is a great time to take a dip in a nearby river, walk to town, or take a nap.
4:00 p.m. – Chico Bag gear retrieval. At this time, you can stop by Camp Central and grab your Chico Bag to retrieve whatever items you left at a rest stop.
4:00 p.m. – Bike mechanics are open for business. Have a creak, squeak or ping? Take your bike to the mechanics’ station to have them check it out. Labor is free, parts are for sale. They’ll take care of any issues you may have had with your bike. If you’ve made a reservation for a bike washing and detail, here’s where you’ll be bringing your bike for that extra service.
6:00 p.m. – Evening Festivities
6:00 p.m. – All riders are in camp. We request that all riders be in camp by this time and if you are behind, we’ll kindly ask that you take a SAG back to camp. This is for your safety and security.
6:00 p.m. – Dinner and dessert. It’s meal time again (notice a theme here?) and dinner is served buffet style and enjoyed under our dining canopies. Our caterer, Catering Rides Northwest, will fill you up for the night. Socialize and get to know your fellow riders at dinner.
7:00 p.m. – Evening announcements. We’ll recap the day’s ride, tell you everything you need to know about tomorrow’s ride, and make other important announcements. You’ll want to be here for this, as our Route Director and Activities Director give you the lowdown on the big hills, fun descents, intersections and points of interest along the way, such as historic places and, of course — ice cream stops on the route.
7:30 p.m. – Evening entertainment. We search for interesting and entertaining music or local speakers. We’ve had experts in geology, ecology, history and local culture present engaging topics related to where we are spending the night. Or boogie down to a local band for an hour. We really encourage you to stick around, but you can always head back to your tent to wind down for the night!
9:00 p.m. – Showers close. Last call for showers until tomorrow.