Eola Hills Bike Tour — Southern Route 2008

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My husband and I do an August winery food bike tour every August. They are supported bike tours organized by Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall, OR. The idea is that you bike through the wine growing country in the Eola Hills and visit the wineries along the route. Most of the neighbor wineries are happy to cooperate and offer special tastings and deals to the cyclists. Airlie Winery is the traditional lunch stop for the southern route. If you happen to purchase any wine along the way, not to worry, the sag wagon comes by after everyone has finished, picks up the purchases and delivers it all back to Eola Hills for pickup. This summer we are doing two trips — we did the southern route on the 24th, and we will do the shorter but much hillier northern route on the 31st. For a slideshow of the actual cycling, it was professionally photographed by Liza Newcombe and you may see the entire trip slideshow at Tom and I are pictured in slides 44,45,51,52,128,215,191, and 262-266.

One of the highlights of these tours is the food at the end. Bicycling builds up an apetite. I snapped pictures of the salads; the angle and lighting wasn’t so good for the main dishes, and of course they have wine with the meal.

Because I like to showcase  various technologies, I uploaded my bike tour food photos to the Great Cooks Ning community. Ning automatically builds a slideshow, and I embedded the resultant slideshow widget here in the blog.
No techie skills necessary — Ning is really awesome that way!!! And by the way I highly recommend the Great Cooks community if you are into cooking. There is always something going on there.

Don’t those look fabulous? Maybe when we show them this posting next week, we can get the Eola Hills chef to give up a recipe or two!

1,573 Responses to “Eola Hills Bike Tour — Southern Route 2008”

  • Hi there. Those bike rides sure sound romantic. I wish there were pastimes such as there here in NY.

    That food looks delicious. Looks to have a strong Mediterranean feel. Looking forward to the recipes or just titles of the dishes.

  • Sounds like you have a nice bike plan put together.
    Last summer me and my friend went biking around Trentino in northern Italy, really beautiful part of the country. Lots of lakes, friendly people and a good quiet roads and paths to ride on.

    We were camping however so our food was mostly camping mush !

  • admin:

    Mediterranean? Not really, maybe the crostini, but the avocados definitely mexican, and the 3-bean salad, tomatoes cukes, fruit plate, & garden salad, & grilled veggies just pretty all american. I meant to caption those pics, but got in a hurry. Anyway thanks for stopping by. And if you don’t have bike tours in NY it’s not that hard to organize one.

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