As a gateway to the breathtaking playground that is Oregon, Portland puts adventure-seekers within as little as one hour of some of Travel Oregon’s Seven Wonders of Oregon. The coast, Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood are all easy day trips from downtown Portland, and this summer, visitors and locals alike have added incentive to explore these and the other Wonders (Crater Lake, the Painted Hills, Smith Rock and the Wallowas).
Starting June 15, the 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders campaign will feature a scavenger hunt at a different Wonder each week. The prizes? Custom-built bicycles suited to cycling at the given Wonder. Each bike will be hidden at the Wonder that inspired it, and twice a week, clues to its exact whereabouts will be dispensed via RideOregonRide.com, TravelOregon.com/7bikes7wonders and on social media channels. The final clue will be given at the Wonder itself, and whoever is lucky enough to find the custom ride gets to keep it.
Joining four bike builders from around Oregon, Portland makers have gotten in on the action, with Igleheart Custom Frames & Forks designing a bike for the Painted Hills, Ahearne Cycles for the Oregon Coast and Breadwinner Cycles for the Wallowas. The sets of wheels are crafted with each Wonder’s specific terrain, conditions and route options in mind and feature custom parts, paint jobs and even accessories, resulting in what may be the best Oregon souvenirs ever.
Columbia River Gorge; photo by Gregory Galliano, courtesy RideOregonRide.com.
Cannon Beach; photo by Christian Heeb, courtesy Travel Oregon.