Tuesday, October 28, 2014

High Winds and Light the Night

Saturday was our annual Cemetery bicycle ride. A 38 mile ride past 9 or so cemeteries. It was in a word - windy. We cut it short at 25 miles with the wind blowing us every which direction (except perhaps the direction we wanted to go. Debris littered the roads and a lot of places lost power. We ended the day at Cidicci's Pizza. Best descriptive word for the ride: Exhilarating!

Cemetery ride


Saturday evening our family, under the banner of Team Rachel, joined Light the Night 5k fun walk. Our team raised $1750 to fight Leukemia and other blood cancers. Due to the weather the walk was cancelled and participants enjoyed an evening at the convention center with music and demos of indoor kite flying and dancing. Some of our family opted to go for a walk anyway, but we needed to get home early so called it a night.

Pictures of our Light the Night fund raiser to fight blood cancer.
Light the Night

Light the Night

Light the Night
When Rachel first shaved her head after chemo, Ron joined her. It was Christmas day 2012. In her memory he shaved his head again for Light the Night. Neice Tiffany added our Team. :)

Light the Night
Will post our Team pic when it's available.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Finley Wildlife Refuge Hike

Compared to yesterday's wind and rain, today is beautiful. Since I didn't get my Wednesday ride in I decided to go for a hike today. Can't waste these nice fall days. They'll soon be history.

It's hunting season at the refuge. Bicycling on the trails is forbidden as is running/jogging anywhere within the refuge. No dogs allowed either. The reasoning is these activities are too disruptive to wildlife. Apparently shooting the wildlife with noisy guns is not disruptive to wildlife.

BTW I agree with the ban on dogs and bikes. :) Would love to trail run though.

I hiked two loops, Mill Hill loop and Woodpecker Loop, as well as the intertie trail that connects the two. About 4 miles probably. My bicycle computer (Garmin) didn't work well at walking speed and hidden under the trees. It only recorded about 30 minutes/half mile of the hike. I imagine a true gps unit would fare better.

Pretty day. Nice weather. I'm happy.

Beautiful old oak tree.

Grey Creek. It looked a little less like a mud hole in real life.

Mill Hill Trail


This is a little pond in winter.

Woodpecker Loop Panorama (Click for full size). The hill to the left has been burned.
Willamette Valley in background.

Pidgeon Butte in background.



Monday, October 13, 2014

Cycling Row River Trail

A group of us cyclists wanted to ride the Row River Trail. By the time the day rolled around, there were only three of us able to go. It was another great fall day. We have had a fantastic fall this year. I know it's drawing to a close, but I cannot complain.

Ace at the start of the trail. Cool trestle ahead. 

Ace and Jo

On the trail

Dorena Reservoir view from the dam


Yours truly at Currin Covered bridge. You can barely see him, but there is a fellow taking a nap on the bridge. 

I don't know the name of this bridge. Traffic was using it, but obviously it's under renovations.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Strokes and Spokes

Saturday's Ride: Jefferson to Aumsville
No pics. Ron took some pics, but he hasn't posted them yet so... It was a great day for a ride. The weather this fall has been spectacular for outdoor activities. For this ride I was a little tired and not on top of my game. I think it came down to fueling: No breakfast, etc. I've ridden often on no breakfast, but I think it may not be the best plan. :) 31 miles

Sunday: Kayaking on the Willamette.
Steve Snyder was doing a paddle trip from Peoria to Corvallis, so a group of us invited ourselves along:

Leaving Peoria boat ramp

On the Willamette

Lunch Break


Under the bridges - Corvallis

Heading to the landing in Corvallis

Wednesday Wanderers: Albany to Shedd and ride around the valley
Another perfect weather day. NO WIND! Gorgeous sunshine. Beautiful. 39 miles. I still don't have my garmin, so no other ride specs. I kept up so that was good.

Albany to Shedd

Albany to Shedd

Albany to Shedd

Albany to Shedd


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Helmick Park / King's Valley Bicycle Ride

Saturday's ride was a joint Spokes/Spinner's ride around the beautiful King's Valley area. I have not done this particular route before and I have to say it's one of the loveliest rides I've done. I've done King's Valley from the south and from the North. This loop encompassed the central section plus some area back roads that were new to me. Gorgeous scenery. Too bad I was too busy keeping up to take photos of the really scenic parts.

Only 35 miles, a distance Ron and I have been used to riding, but oh so much more climbing. The last 4 miles my legs were toast. This is my favorite kind of ride. Scenery and hills.

Helmick Park-King's Valley

Helmick Park-King's Valley

Helmick Park-King's Valley
King's Valley

Helmick Park-King's Valley
Ritner Covered Bridge

Helmick Park-King's Valley

Route map (pdf)
35.1 Miles
1485 Elevation gain (Per description)
Information from ride description - my Garmin quit working

Monday, September 15, 2014

RIP Bobskoot

2014 has not been a good year. We lost our daughter to complications to Leukemia at the beginning of July. My former co-worker Randy lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the end of July. While not a blogger, he was a rider and a friend. He had a beautiful Valkyrie that he loved to ride.

 Now as summer draws to a close and I've learned that another dear one has passed. Bobskoot of Wetcoastscooting passed away in his sleep while on a car trip across the USA. He was doing what he loves, traveling with his wife and visiting with friends. Bob will be sorely missed by many. He reached out and touched so many of us. He had friends around the world. Whether he was passing through an area, or someone else was journeying into his, he would do his best to get together for a visit, or a ride, and to share a nice meal. I think he was one of the glues the bound many of us blogger/riders together.

Ron and I met Bob for the first time in 2010 in Bend Oregon at the first moto-blogger convention as we like to call it. In 2011 he invited us to ride along to Montana to Glacier National Park where we also met Dom of Redleg's Ride, and his family. I often wondered if Bob invited us along and then dropped the bomb that more guests were coming on Dom and family after the fact. No matter. We felt welcomed by all. Bob loved these get togethers, and I think his efforts enriches us all.

Spiral Highway


Lake Koocanusa



Oregon 2010. LtoR: Sonja, Troubador, Trobairitz, Bobskoot, Bluekat

RIP Bobskoot. I will miss you my friend.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sad news

Our Daughter, Rachel, passed away on the morning of July 7, 2014. We had been gearing up to do more chemo when she was admitted to the hospital with trouble breathing. Probable causes were respiratory failure, pneumonia, and cardiac failure. Rachel wanted to fight this thing to the end, even if that meant being in the hospital rather than home. And fight to the end she did.

Thank you to all my blogger friends here, who sent love, warm wishes, prayers, and caring thoughts. It means a lot to us, and your support through this time was always an encouragement. Reading your posts let me connect in a small way with a world that was outside our little circle of clinic-Doctors-hospital. I didn't often comment, but I did share some posts with Rachel, which she enjoyed.

My best to you all.