Backroads in Oregon


A component of any travel experience is to know with in reason where you are going and where you are. One issue I've read in many ride reports (and even a movie) is getting lost. That is not necessarily a bad thing. But I can be. Very easily; I've been there. I researched roads, terrain, and landmarks using several maps and a fewer books. I will review those here.

Other handy resources are available on the Internet, that great big bank of knowledge that permeates all our lives on a daily basis. Just beware that not all that knowledge is accurate or even truthful. Verify with other sources before you trust your life on any one of them. Many of the resources used buy us for this trip, and other potential sources, will be added as we go along.

Books and maps.

A separate page is dedicated to maps and guide books.  I am not a big fan of guide books (because they usually serve up travels as packaged narrated maps with only commercial and tourist locations). But one book was very helpful and, in addition, was enjoyable to read. It is a travel narrative and map book bound into a good read.

Another informative book was Hiking Oregon's History, by William Sullivan. Although targeted at the hiker, the historical information was very interesting because it history doesn't just occur on hiking trails. In fact, the author incorporated political and cultural influences that shaped the history in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. As a history fan, this book added to understanding of how the environment shaped the people that lived and settled there, and vice versa.