Two-day touring: South Valley Loop & Velo B&B

Screenshot from 2014-06-02 06:42:49It was a late start to the bike-touring season and almost thwarted by the realization that our camping gear was in Portland (where my partner lives during the week and where our last tour ended).  Then we realized that we could pay for roof-over-our-head accommodations!

I found a bed and breakfast just south of Eugene which is now, far and above, my favorite bed and breakfast and up there on the list of my favorite businesses.  Velo B&B is run by Misha & Rob English.  The “English” name may be (correctly) recognized by bike aficionados as the English of English Cycles, Eugene-based hand-made bike creator.  Misha is a vegan baker who will make you question every disparaging thing you’ve said about things made without butter and conceiver of Morning Glory in Eugene.

Between delicious vegan breakfast (and bedtime cookie snacks) and bike friendliness, I was won over.  But then.  BUT THEN.  But then we found out that they are also CAR-FREE.  With two businesses up a non-trivial hill about 3 miles south of Eugene, I was duly impressed.  The place was cosy, affordable, quiet, clean, friendly, beautiful — not your grandma’s B&B.  Misha and Rob were wonderful hosts — great conversation and just the right amount of privacy. This is a place to try out and recommend widely.  Oh right — they also give a 10% bike-there discount.  So, you know, love all around.

The bike ride we took, directions here is also recommended.  A wonderful loop around the south Valley, with varied landscape (fields, rolling hills, forests of different types) and VERY low traffic (except in approaching Eugene, where the shoulder was wide).  When approaching the B&B keep your eyes peeled for a red wheel and look out for the house number.