Biking the McKenzie River Trail

We hoisted the bikes, one by one, up to Russ, our shuttle driver. He staggered them across the roof racks of the 12-person van, while the rest of our group double-checked their gear: helmets, gloves, hydration packs filled with energy bars, maps, extra windbreakers, spare tubes and patches, CO cartridges and first aid kits. What started off sounding like a day of recreational biking now resembled a covert military operation, and we wondered what exactly we had gotten ourselves into. Riding the