Date: Saturday, June 6 & 7, 2020
Distance: 602 km (374 miles)
Ride Reports: Kent's Report from 2006
Pre-ride Report: Available below
Sunrise: 05:15 Sunset: 20:51 (Calendar)
Moonrise: 22:12 Moonset: 06:01 (Calendar)
Who's Riding?: TBD
Rider Expectations: Here
Start Time: 06:00 Saturday June 6, 2020
Finish Time: 22:00 Sunday June 7, 2020
Registration Time: 05:30-05:55
Entry Fee: TBD
Starting Location: Motel 6 in The Dalles Oregon, 2500 West 6th Street, The Dalles, OR, (541) 296-1191. Located on the west side of The Dalles between Coastal Farm and Ranch Supply and Denny's Restaurant (open 24 hours). Check with the Motel for parking during the ride.
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Tentative Overnight Control (subject to change): River Bend Motel in Spray, mile 215, telephone (541) 468-2053. Riders need to arrange their own reservations and pay for their rooms. You can have a small overnight bag transported from the start to the overnight control and there will be several coolers with ice if you want to send some food ahead with your drop bag. Rooms have a small microwave and refrigerator. There are only 7 rooms so riders should be willing to share rooms and beds.
There is possible overnight lodging on route at Service Creek, mile 220, about 13 miles west of Spray. The route to Service Creek follows the John Day river and is flat. Telephone (541) 468-3331
There is possible overnight lodging off route in Fossil, mile 247 at the Fossil Motel and RV Park, about 33 miles west of Spray. There is a 10-mile climb between Service Creek and Fossil. Telephone (541) 763-4075
Draft Route Sheet: Miles or Kilometers
RWGPS Route: Here (draft)
Description: The Big Lebowski is a 600k loop through North Central Oregon starting and ending in The Dalles, Oregon. From The Dalles, the route follows WA-14 through Washington State along the Columbia River to Oregon and through Umatilla, Lexington, Heppner, Spray, Fossil, Antelope, Maupin and Dufur.
This is a difficult ride. The first 200 kilometers is nearly flat while the last 400k is packed with hill climbing and desolate yet beautiful scenery. See the RWGPS route below for points of interest showing water, rest stops, stores and cafes. You may have to deviate a short distance from the route to access services as in the cafe and store at Fossil and Antelope.