Bicyclists leave trash, feces during C. Ore. ride, event canceled

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The organizers of the bicycle event called Oregon Outback say there won't be another ride through Central Oregon because of the mess left behind this year.

The Bend Bulletin reports that riders left trash in a barn that a resident of the town Silver Lake opened up and human waste in the yard of a family that had given them shelter.

The bikepacking ride was begun in 2013 and held on Memorial Day weekend.

It covered a 364-mile route from Klamath Falls through small towns and ended at the confluence of the Deschutes and Columbia rivers. About three-quarters of the way is over gravel and dirt roads.

The scenic, rugged route drew increasing attention, and this year, there were more than 300 riders.

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