Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Sat, September 8 2012 at 3:40 PM, Updated: Sat, September 8 2012 at 3:49 PM
Bly, Oregon is currently the second-largest town in Klamath County, thanks to 'Cycle Oregon'.
Cyclists will be starting off Sunday on a tour of over 400 miles...
This is the second year that Sharon Hume has made the trip from Canada to 'Cycle Oregon'...
"I started cycling so I could do Cycle Oregon, and so I wanted to come back and do it again."
Tara Corbin of Cycle Oregon's community relations notes that this is the 25th year for the event...
"And it was really started to promote tourism, withing the state of Oregon, and to have a positive financial impact on the communities through which we ride."
Bly serves as the start and finish point for this year's event.
"Bly has been fabulous." Says Corbin.
Mike Jeffcott made the trip to Bly from Texas...
"Well, I have a sister that lives in Portland, and she's told me about this for 4 or 5 years. And I've never managed to get on the ride, until this year when they signed up online."
2200 riders are taking part in the 7-day tour. And if you should happen to see Sharon Hume on the highway...
"Just be patient, and just give us lots of room."
Cycle Oregon will be passing through Silver Lake, Fort Klamath, Prospect, Ashland, and Klamath Falls before returning to Bly next weekend.
You'll find more details about Cycle Oregon on the web at: www.cycleoregon.com
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.