In countries around Europe, taking a hike or a bicycle ride often leads to a reward at the end of the trail. For hikers, it might be a little hut in the woods with a warm bowl of lentil soup and a cup of hot tea spiked with the local spirit. For bicyclists, the ride often finds its way to a village cafe with open-air seating on the plaza or a gelateria.

In the Columbia Gorge, about an hour outside of Portland, bikers and walkers alike are in luck when taking the Two Tunnels Trail from the outskirts of Hood River 4.6 miles along the Old Columbia River Highway to the tiny berg of Mosier. At the end of the trail awaits the 10-Speed East cafe, an inviting wooden coffeehouse with a porch, comfy inside seating and great food and coffee.

I first discovered 10-Speed East not on a bike or by foot but by good old-American car as we headed for a camping trip along the Lower Deschutes River and stopped for a last civilized treat before heading into the wilderness. Since then, Mosier is on our list of places to stop for coffee whenever we head up the Gorge. At the rate we’re going (about once or twice a year), my 10-Speed East coffee punch card will offer a free cup of Joe sometime in the next 4-6 years.

Notes on 10-Speed East…

Where: In a town of just over 400 in habitants, the brown-and-red wooden coffeehouse is hard to miss at 1104 1st Street in Mosier (Exit 69 off I-84 East).

Coffee: 10-Speed East serves what it calls its “top secret Kickstand” blend, roasted by 10-Speed Coffee Roasters, an independent roaster in Hood River whom I haven’t had the chance to visit yet but that boasts delicious locally roasted beans and French press or espresso-style coffee.

Cool stuff: Surprisingly good coffee for the out-of-the-way location; healthy-tasty sandwiches and salads sourced from local, organic suppliers; cozy coffeehouse vibe; large black-and-white photo on the wall of bicyclist pulling an Airstream.

Not so cool: Grumpy baristas. I know it can get busy at the counter and we’re all a bunch of out-of-towners, but your food and coffee make us happy, so smile. Also uncool: Riders who don’t wear helmets. The day we biked to 10-Speed East, one helmet-less cyclist was life-flighted back to Portland after falling.

The view from the Two Tunnels Trail. Only 2 more miles to coffee.

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