Saturday, January 24, 2015

Biscuit Ride

If you feed them, they will ride...

May made biscuits! Biscuits and homemade jelly!! A sweet treat before the ride. Thank you May!!!

We met early for a biscuit breakfast send off before the ride. May G. made some wonderful homemade biscuits with a choice of jellies and honey. How great is that!

Biscuit and Jelly Breakfast
Can you believe this is January? Sunny. Warm. Too good to be true and next weekend is looking to be more of the same! We rode a quick loop around the Scio-Crabtree area. What can you say about an uneventful ride? No wind. No rain. The fog had dissapated. No bad dogs gave chase. No stupid cars buzzed too close. Motorcycles - Lots of motorcycles were out enjoying the unseasonably nice weather. Perfection.
Hoffman Bridge
WTF?
Thomas Creek

 

Lunch was at the Covered bridge cafe, where we ran into an aquantence from past years: Jeremy E. and his friends joined us for lunch. So great to catch up on life.

24 miles - mileage is approximate because, once again, I forgot to turn off the garmin for the car trip home. It listed 41 miles and a hella sweet average. :)

 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dunn Forest Gravel Grinder

I was in Corvallis for a class this morning (and I mean early morning - how did this night owl get roped into a 7:00 am class???) So after an hour of tweaking and contorting into all manner of impossible positions, all in the name of personalized core conditioning, I was off to explore a corner of McDonald-Dunn Research Forests.

I'm particularly fond of Dunn because it seems like the steep climbs are not quite so intense as those found in Mac Forest. (Well I know of one, but I can avoid it.) It also seems to have more sections of pleasant rolling terrain that are fun to ride. And it has plenty of new (to me) roads to explore.

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Trailhead
The drive out was both foggy and rainy, not a promising start, but at the trailhead blue skies prevailed.  Today's ride was a combination of old familiar roads and unexplored territory.
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And we're off!
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The last time I biked here this was a forested hill.
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North Berry Creek and requisite bike porn.
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Me thinks I'll be going up there
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Lunch break.
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hmmm ... haven't been up there. Off we go!
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At one point I thought I saw a cat or small dog up ahead. Would a cat be way up here alone? It disappeared up the road, and as I rode on I concluded it must be a rabid dog ...

... As I got closer to the spot I was sure it was a baby bear ...
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... with Mama just off the road behind one of those little trees.

Might be a wolf ...

... a big black wolf.

Pedal faster!

One short, steep climb and I was out of the scary animal zone. Must have been a local dog out chasing rabbits, or someone's barn cat hunting field mice. Yeah that's it. A little furball cat.
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Pano looking Northeast-ish?
Sometimes it pays to look behind you. The views were nice either way. Pics don't do them justice. I rode on through the clear cut and into a small forested section.
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Uh-oh!
So tempting. The road is clear just on the other side of the debris ...
Heck, I can make it over this!
Well ... maybe ...

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Made it!
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Mist in trees
By this time the fog has rolled back in obscuring most everything. With limited visibility I rode through another clear cut and back into the forest.
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I sure hope this road is the road I think it is
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Heck yeah! I know this intersection.
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Confirmed.
The rest of the route was a return on the same road I came in on. Passed a few hikers on my way back to the car. One group with a bevy of little kids fading into the mist.

Not bad for a Monday. The views today were fantastic, and varied, and I explored some new territory - always a bonus in my book!

About a 6 mile ride with 1,060 ft. elevation gain
Road 100, 1010, 190. I'll post a map, if I ever learn how to make one. Debris is on the 1010.

Older posts in Dunn Forest:
http://bluekat78.blogspot.com/2012/01/dunn-forest-road-100-exploration.html
http://bluekat78.blogspot.com/2011/12/sunday-in-trees.html



Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lebanon to Lacomb Loop

Cold and damp but 11 of us braved the weather for a 37 mile ride. Ken and Art rode over from (and back to) Sweet Home. Nice job guys! Out to Lacomb return through Waterloo and River Road. Lunch at the ever popular Big Town Hero.



 36.7 miles
Home now, enjoying the Seahawks

Sunday, January 4, 2015

McDonald Forest First Hike of 2015

Misty hike in Mac Forest.  Up the 600 and back down Extendo Trail. Plenty of hikers, runners, dogs and mtn bikers heading for their favorite trails.
 It's our first time in the forest since the storm a few weeks ago. There were areas with a lot of limbs and debris, and other spots where whole trees stretched down slopes and across the trail. Forest staff and volunteers have been busy with the clean up, but we had to scramble over a few downed trees.


Love Mac Forest.



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jefferson to Aumsville

You couldn't ask for a better day in the middle of winter. Sunny and brisk, but no wind.  Ideal winter cycling weather. How often does that happen on the weekend? I think I counted 14 riders. We started out in Jefferson for a relatively flat ride to Aumsville. Lunch at Neufelds, then back to Jefferson along other local roads for a nice loop.





30.7 miles
13.7 average
246 ele. gain
2:14 ride time
A measly 825 calories burned



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cheadle Lake Meanderings

The outdoors beckoned (Apologies to those who are working and are stuck with only a view to blue skies.)

High winds were predicted to show up around lunch time, so if I wanted to get out for a ride, it was time to go. I wasn't going to go far. I didn't want to be out on some lonely road with trees falling all around me (Yeah, it's supposed to be that kind of high winds), so I opted for a quick visit to Cheadle Lake with a meandering return through town.







Cheadle Lake and pretty skies


I see a lot more people with canes and such walking the trail since they paved it. I like that it is more accessible to everyone. Now they just need a restroom that has room for wheelchairs. Since pushing Rachel around in a wheelchair, I've become kind of a snot about these things.

Not all trails are paved.


Took the long way home...well a different route home, I should say. It wasn't really much longer. Old trail along the Santiam.


I got to this spot on the trail and suddenly it sounded like a freight train going by. Leaves started flying...

...and I thought these babies might be coming down. Guess those winds are starting to show themselves.

Rode along a few more residential streets, then across Main Street and head towards home. Nice aerobic workout into a headwind for a mile or so trying to get back to my neighborhood. Seriously happy I didn't have far to go.
Probably about 4 miles.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Cycle Country Moving to new Location

Just a FYI for locals, if you haven't heard - and you probably have since I'm usually the last to know - Cycle Country in Salem Oregon is moving to a new location. I believe their new locale will be the old CycleSports store. Anyway, they are having some moving sales, so if you're looking for some gear, bikes, whatever, (and who isn't always looking for more gear, bikes and whatever), you might want to check them out. :)

Webpage: http://www.cyclecountry.net/
https://www.facebook.com/cyclecountryinc/timeline