Bicycle Camping 101

Mike and I took our friend Ted and his 7 year-old son Anders on their first bicycle camping trip.  I had hummed and haa’d for a long time as to where to take bicycle camping newbies from Corvallis as most destinations are too hard core (eg. Alsea falls) or far away (eg. Lyons).
Mike, Ted, AndersI happened upon Brownsville, OR as a destination.  It’s not your idyllic, remote, treed wonder (like Alsea falls), but the bike ride was safe (probably the safest I have ridden, and that is saying a lot) and flat (‘hills’ are bridges into Corvallis and over I-95) and short (25 miles) and at the end there is a town with food and camping along the Calapooia.  The campground was unfortunately inundated with many campers for a religious event, but we found a private corner near the river and even managed a campfire alongside the river.  It is a destination I would recommend if you are new to bicycle camping. I recommend breakfast at the Brownsville Saloon.

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One thought on “Bicycle Camping 101

  1. Sheba Morgenthaler

    Some people vacation in permanent camps with cabins and other facilities (such as hunting camps or children’s summer camps), but a stay at such a camp is usually not considered camping. The term camping (or camping out) may also be applied to those who live outdoors, out of necessity (as in the case of the homeless), or for people waiting overnight in queues.:

    Have a good week

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