DOD Happy Ride – Vintage Style! (Whypass)

August 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

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  • Nearby Cities:
    Eugene, Lorane, Creswell
  • Region:
    Willamette Valley
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Getting to Whypass

Go to the town of Lorane, which is about 15 miles west of Cottage Grove and about 20 miles SW of Eugene.

From Eugene. Most folks prefer to take Territorial Road to Lorane. Head south on Bailey Hill Road to Lorane Highway to Territorial Road to Lorane.

From I-5 North. Drive past Eugene and take the Creswell exit (about 10 miles south of Eugene). At the freeway exit traffic light, turn right (west) onto Oregon Ave. Continue west through downtown Creswell on Oregon Ave., the road name changes to Camas Swale Rd. as you leave Creswell city limits. Later the road name changes again to Hamm Rd. After 10 or 12 miles, Hamm Road T-bones into Territorial Road just a few miles north of Lorane. Turn left (south) onto Territorial Road and proceed to Lorane. (That’s only two turns once you exit I-5: right onto Oregon Ave. and left onto Territorial Road.)

From I-5 South. Either drive north up Territorial Road from Curtin or exit I-5 at Cottage Grove and take the Cottage Grove Lorane Road.

Once in Lorane: bear west on Siuslaw River Road.

Approximately 1.4 miles west of Lorane on Siuslaw River Road (just after mile post 43), you will see a BLM sign proclaiming “Carpenter Bypass Trail System”. Turn left here onto Carpenter Bypass Road.

The Pile
After turning on Carpenter Bypass, continue 8/10ths of a mile to … the infamous Gravel Pile. This is a large gravel parking lot on the left side of the road that is sometimes partially covered by a pile of gravel used for road building. This is the bottom of the network and where some people park to start their ride.

The New Parking Lot
To start at the center of the network, head up the road another mile or so, past the Yellow Gate. The new parking lot will be on your left.

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• Go to Google Maps:
• Cut & paste the following into the search window: carpenter bypass lorane oregon usa
• Hit EnterGreetings DoD’ers!

This is no typical Happy Ride, this is a VINTAGE Happy Ride! That’s right – it’s time to channel Missy Giove or Tinker Juarez, play some grunge, pump up those tubes, wear your vintage things, or just be “vintage” yourself and meet us at the upper parking lot with your vintage bikes if you’ve got ‘em.

Anyone is welcome to join, vintage or not! The smiles will be wide and the stems will be long. Bonus cool points for those with friction shifters, crocheted riding gloves, Hite Rite dropper posts, or early generation Rock Shox/Manitou forks.

Roll-out time 10am from the South Parking lot (the new one, not the old “Pile” lot). We’ll ride for a couple hours or so and then circle the Antelopes, Stumpjumpers, and Hoo Koo E Koo’s back to the parking lot. Bring your chairs and snacks to share for after-ride R&R and show-n-tell, Ride Leader will bring the grill and beverages.


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