Monday, August 17, 2015

Eastside Bender - 2015

A few of us slipped over to Bend this past weekend while other team members enjoyed the Sawtooths for last time rides in the Whiteclouds and swimming at Redfish as well as a handful of racers completing Pierre’s Hole endurance race at Grand Targhee resort on the Idaho/Wyoming boarder.

In Bend we enjoyed each other’s company on the well thought out trails systems that Bend, Oregon has to offer.  If you have not ridden here, or have only ridden here on race day, do yourself a favor and put it on your list!  Post ride we had almost too many choices of where to eat and quench our thirst.  Additionally we cooled off on the river while paddle boarding and relaxing for a picnic on expansive grass, huddled under the shade of trees next to the Deschutes River trail at Riverbend Park across from the Deschutes store house.  And to top it off, we strolled across the street to sample brews at the Bend Beer Fest!  The only thing we were lacking was additional days to stay!  But – we had to get back to Boise to attend our annual Team Cross night! J
No selfie-stick required when you're with Rick!

Stats: 0 flats, 7 smiles, 1 sprained wrist, 2 rides (31mi/2,850’ & 12mi/800’), 1 route ending closed trail, 1 beer fest, 3 beautiful Designated Drivers, 1 trip to remember….

Things to note:

Bend accommodations can become expensive and availability can be scarce if you look to go last minute.  For this trip we booked camp sites 6 months in advance at Tumalo State Park, a quick 10min drive to downtown and area trails.