Jim O’Horo Memorial Columbia Gorge Explorer

This tour was designed so that first-time bicycle campers can try loaded touring at minimal expense. If you want to try bicycle camping, here’s an inexpensive opportunity to experience some of the best scenery in North America, the Columbia River Gorge. Participants pay $20 with registration that covers the cost of our reserved group campsites on all three nights. For years, Jim O’Horo, a member of the club, organized and led this ride. Jim passed away a few years ago, and the ride was renamed in his memory.

Leaving Vancouver, Washington, on Friday, May 27, the route travels east in Washington, descends past the Stonehenge WWI Memorial, crosses the Columbia River at Hwy 97, and returns to Vancouver on Monday, May 30, by riding west in Oregon. The tour allows plenty of time for sightseeing at the many cultural, historical, and scenic points of interest. 

We have reserved camping spaces for 50 riders. Registration will remain open until we reach that number or until May 15. Mail-in registrations MUST BE RECEIVED by that date. Although designed for camping, the route includes enough motels and B&Bs to provide other lodging options – for example, in case of severe weather. Each day provides multiple opportunities to stop at cafes, restaurants, and grocery stores (although there are no restaurants at the campsites); some riders choose to carry most of their food, while others prefer to minimize their load and eat out as much as possible or buy food at stores near the campgrounds.

Find more details under the “Events” tab on our website or click here: Jim O’Horo Memorial Columbia Gorge Explorer.

Click here to watch a video of this ride from 2019: Day 4 of 4 Columbia River Gorge Explorer.

Please let me know if you are interested in participating in 2022, even if you are unable to make a commitment yet!! Contact me at [email protected].

Dave McQuery, Ride Leader