I’m just off the plane from Bend, OR and that was one hell of a trip. The official goal of this trip was to meet up with some friends that were competing in the National Beard and Moustache Championships. In reality it was an excuse to ride some buff singletrack, chill with old friends, and to sample what appears to be the town’s never ending supply of micro brews.
The drive from Hipstertown USA (Portland) to Bend seemed to take forever. No amount of rental car rally driving and Hamm’s road sodas can make that drive through the night any more fun. Trust me, I tried. 4 hours of sleep later we boarded a bus to go on a brew tour of Bend. Its hard to describe just how rowdy this scene was. Imagine 30 dudes with beards, drinking heavily at 1 in the afternoon and nobody had to worry about driving. The ladies over at Specialized Events ran the tour, showed us a great time, and put up with an incredible amount of bullshit from the group. We started at McMenamins, then on to Cascade Lakes, and culminating with Deschutes Brewery. It was quite a day. This is the last image on my camera from the tour, everything else after that got a little fuzzy:
That first day hurt me and shut me down pretty hard. So I slapped together my trusty Travelers Check and took off for the woods to lick my wounds and find some singletrack. I had a general idea of where to go and under threatening clouds I set out to get dirty. All that I can say is that there is some damn fine riding in and around Bend. City bike paths would lead me to singletrack that would lead to dirt roads that would then take me back to more singletrack. I popped out in town 6 hours later to find, what else… another brewery! Ridiculous.
Bend is the real deal. Good times were had by all, and I will be back soon.
Keep it dirty…by