Border Crossing

Length: 34 Miles
Direction: Clockwise
Elevation Gain: 1231 ft
Highest Point: 287 ft
Recommended Gearing: Standard gearing

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This 34 mile ride crosses the mighty Columbia River twice as you travel into Washington State to Vancouver and home again near Camas. The bridge crossings really set this ride apart from other options. Both bridges are major thoroughfares including the Interstate 5 heading north and the Interstate 205 southbound. However, being such a friendly cycling area, the bridges are easy to navigate and you are not crossing in traffic. In fact, you can take a little time to enjoy the view over the river as you go.

It is interesting how much wider the Columbia gets at the I-205. Whereas one can cross the I-5 in about 2 minutes, the 205 path is more in the range of 2 miles! What is also unique is that the path is in the middle of the north and southbound lanes. You may find it a bit noisy, but it is an interesting experience taking this route.

The Border Crossing ride is easily negotiated in both directions. However my choice for going clockwise was simple: the I-205 bridge is mostly downhill heading southbound. When the wind is whipping through the gorge and I’m gently coasting down the 205 path, while commuters struggle past in the opposite direction, I often give myself a pat on the back for having chosen clockwise yet again.

In between the bridges on the Washington side is a lovely portion of Vancouver. Officer’s Row is filled with historic restored homes to the left and a park to your right. When you’re back in Oregon, enjoy the quiet streets of Maywood Park. This city fought the development of the I-205, which cut through the heart of the town. But the residents have preserved the neighborly attitude and goodwill that has always been a part of the area.

The I-5 Bridge will take you into WashingtonYour gateway to the I-205 Beautiful Homes Line Officer's RowOfficer's Row

2 Responses to “Border Crossing”

  1. David Says:

    Did this ride on 4/7/12 and it was great. It was my first ride over 20 miles so I was looking for something fairly flat with a lot of bike paths. This was the perfect next step for me. There were a few rough patches on Evergreen in Vancouver but for the most part I had a great time.

    Took two or three short breaks and the whole thing took me 2 hours 50 minutes.

  2. Spencer Says:

    This is a good ride–when traffic is light. Try not to go during rush hour, etc. when exhaust fumes might be overwhelming.
    Otherwise, it is great to learn the “bike highway” along I-205. Oregon bike transit is impressive!

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