Race Across Oregon has a new start this year due to road work around Mt. Hood; the total distance will be about 515 miles. Riders will head east from Hood River on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and climb over a big hill into The Dalles. From there the route heads south to Tygh Valley then east (mostly) through Grass Valley, Moro, (past a lot of windmills), Condon, (climbs out of a spectacular section of river canyon), Heppner (last bastion of civilization for a loooooong time), over Battle Mountain, past Ukiah, Dale, Long Creek, Kimberly, (a long, almost flat section along the beautiful John Day River), Fossil (no stopping at the Shamrock!), past the fossil beds and spectacular cliffs of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Clarno, Antelope (the town previously--briefly--known as Rajneeshpuram), Shaniko (former wool capital of the world), "down" the infamous Bakeoven Road to Maupin, back to Tygh Valley, Dufur, up Forest Road 44 toward Mt. Hood, then down down down (with one painful bit of up) into the finish in Hood River.