People & Places

Cycling + Art + Music = the Old Churchill School

In Baker City, Oregon, there is this old-school historic elementary school, The Churchill School, that has been turned into an eclectic mix of art studio, bike hostel, high-end Airbnb, movie house, and dance studio. We talk with Brian and Corrine Vegter, the curators and owners of this special place.

The Dirty Freehub Team of Kevin and Linda English have stayed here and loved it. They camped out in their van in the back, saw a movie, visited the art gallery (and bought a piece of art), did a number of bike rides right from the school, and had great times talking with Brian and Corrine. We strongly recommend giving it a try!

Tractors, Bulls and Lycra

In this podcast, we talk with Daarla K who is a rancher and farmer in northeast Oregon. She and her husband operate a 1000-acre farm that has been in his family since 1886. Learn how to safely pass by big tractors and combines, how to get through a cattle drive, and what aggressive behavior by a bull looks like. We also talk about how to support local farmers.

Mecca Grade Estate Malt

Today we talk beer, malt, farming and what it looks like when you combine them all in one place. Our guest is Seth Klann who is a master brewer and the owner and operator of Mecca Grade Estate Malt located in Madras, Oregon. (Part of Dirty Freehub‘s Over the Rainbow route.) This podcast was recorded onsite at Mecca Grade Estate Malt in front of a live audience as part of our Love Where You Ride Series.

The Story of Dirty Freehub

We sat down with the founders of Dirty Freehub to hear Linda and Kevin share their story. How they started a homespun website and have grown it to an organization of 15+ people. Their mission has expanded from providing great gravel routes to connecting cyclists to where they ride. We also learn what it takes to build great routes, and fund an organization doing all they do.

Farm Talk with Nicholas Kristof

In this podcast, we talk with Nicholas Kristof, the award-winning columnist from the New York Times, and farm owner in the Willamette Valley. We talk about growing up on a farm, the challenges of farming, and some of the opportunities for rural and urban Oregonians to come together.

Anthony Lake Resort (Summer & Winter Fun!)

A quick intro to Anthony Lakes resort with Chelsea Judy, the Marketing Director. Learn about summer and winter activities from downhill skiing, to backcountry skiing, to nordic skiing, to mountain biking, to hiking, and great food. But did you know that Anthony Lakes resort is really Anthony Lakes Outdoor Recreation Association, a nonprofit organization with a mission of making the outdoors fun! How cool is that!

Mining Gold in the Blue Mountains

Learn a little about the gold mining history in the Blue Mountains, from dredge mining to hard-rock mining to some of the clean-up efforts.