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Bicycle riders start at Astoria, finish in Boise, Idaho; stopping in Madras June 26.

FILE PHOTO - A group of 55 bicyclists from America By Bicycle will be riding from Astoria to Boise, Idaho, with a stop in Madras on June 26, their third day.
A group of 55 bicyclists from America By Bicycle will be riding from Astoria to Boise, Idaho, with a stop in Madras on June 26, their third day.

The nine-day Northwestern Tour from Astoria to Boise is a total of 653 miles of cycling, with the riders pedaling more than 80 miles a day.

Riders start their adventure on June 23, stopping in Madras Wednesday, June 26, and will trickle into town in small groups, from around 12-5 p.m. The bikers stop in seven cities before reaching their mark of riding to Boise.

In Madras, they will stay at the Quality Inn to rest for the next stop, which will be Prineville. The group will stay in the cities of St. Helens, Welches, Madras, Prineville, John Day, Baker City and Ontario.

Some of the group members will only be participating in the nine-day Northwestern Tour, following the Columbia River, through the high desert, snowy mountain ranges, and forests, until they reach their destination in Idaho.

Others are taking on the challenge of riding all the way from Astoria to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. That ride will take 50 days and 3,695 miles. They keep their ride going after a quick stop in Boise, stopping in Casper, Wyoming, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Niagara Falls, New York, and finishing in New Hampshire.

America by Bicycle was founded in 1994 by a group of cyclists who had a passion for long-distance bicycle touring. Anyone from ages 18-80 can participate in their tours.


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