Tuesday, March 31, 2009
So, blue skies and lovely bikes...what's a rider supposed to do with that? We never make it to Beaverton. We turned around, went home and got out the bikes. Of course in Lebanon the skies were back to grey. Oh well, we'll go North. And we did. North into more grey skies! Where did the blue go?
We ride to Silver Creek Falls and just beat the hale by ducking into the lodge for lunch. It figures.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
While we are waiting I spot two canoes up river. Ok, now I'm ready to get the kayaks out and go for a float. The canoes are moving quite fast, and it looks like a wonderful time to be on the river.
Across the road facing the river is this portion of an old, crumbling building. Most of the building has a metal facade, but a small section is left to reveal the older building underneath.
After the ride I find an old blue church one street over from the river. It's a simple building, but it has some lovely arched windows and this great tower.
Friday, March 13, 2009
It was warm enough to have the faceshield open. One good thing about these frozen mornings...no bugs to get hit with while riding. Tomorrow the rain returns.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
This week I notice the first signs of spring. I spot a few crocus and daffodils coming up, and a few that are starting to bloom. The Plum tree in our backyard is showing its first pink buds.
I had some nice rides this past week, and a nice bicycle ride yesterday. But while today had some sunshine, it also had some of this:
Rain, sleet, snow in passing storm after passing storm. So the Boulevard stayed in the garage. But she is patient. She knows later this week...the sun will return...without the rain...or sleet. And she will be out and about once again. More time in the evenings to ride now too!
‘Tis March! Sun, rain, snow, wind, and really pretty clouds. We decide to explore Silverton. Looking at the sky we decide a good choice will be to go by car. It will be a wise choice. We pack all the goodies I think I might need for the afternoon, and off we go.We leave the car at
What a nice park. It would be a great place in the summer when it’s hot out, full of tall fir trees. The park is backed up against a steep hill/cliff and has a lovely little playground for the kids.
We wander around town keeping a sharp eye on the sky. We are between two nasty looking storms, but it's sunny and lovely in downtown Silverton. Across the bridge is a path that passes the historic site of Fischer’s Flouring Mill, established in the 1880’s. It’s now a nice picnic area close to down town. It looks like a lovely place to spend a warm spring day.
We walk on along the path and upt to the sidewalk to the main part of town. Silverton has a lot of great murals to view. We took a few pics, but today we couldn’t really do them justice.We must return again to get better photos and bring a really wide angle lens for the Bob mural.
As with many small towns, there is an endless supply of lovely old buildings with interesting architectural features to photograph. So often these things disappear to modernization, so it’s a treat to spend time exploring and spotting them when available.
As the clouds were drawing closer we decide it’s time to meander back toward the car. We find this great little walking bridge back across Silver Creek modeled after the local covered bridges. It has little benches to sit and enjoy the view. Ron took a pic from a deck at street level and found Bob’s doghouse, so he snapped a quick pic before joining me on the bridge.
We head out on 213 and take a quick detour over through Scott’s Mills before swinging back through
We finish the afternoon with a stop at the bookstore in
Not a bad day for not riding anything two-wheeled. We needed more walking though.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Soon enough I run into fog. Blecch! Fog is tedious. But I get my first on-the-bike photo (woohoo)! Ok, so it's ugly fog and full of all sorts of photographic no-no's, but it's my first on-the-fly photo, so that trumps all! And I didn't kill myself, run off the road, or plow into any large painful objects.
I make it to work and the boss is off to a tradeshow (Hallelujah!) . This afternoon I look out the window. It looks nice out. Partly cloudy, pretty skies. Hmmmm, I won't need the sunglasses though. I head out of town and once I hit the freeway it's easy cruising. BIG hole in the traffic just for me. Cars way, way back of me, and cars way, way ahead. Just me and an empty road. All good things must end and eventually I caught cars and cars caught me.
By Albany I begin to notice a lot of grey to the south. Lets' face it, that's a big, bad rain storm and I'm gonna have to ride through it. Home is somewhere underneath those clouds. Really, rain isn't so bad. Lots of layers take out the sting. Helmet and rain gear keeps me dry. I kind of like it. Finished the day with a stop for gas, then home.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
. . . but this is the way I go
Oh and stayed dry on the ride home even though dark clouds were looming. And the wind! The wind was blowing around 35-40 mph. Still it didn't ruin a good ride. Must spend the evening practicing turning on the camera with gloved hands. =o)
And the afternoon...even nicer. 60 degrees!! Almost needed my summer gloves. Somewhere during the day it must have rained because the seat was wet when I came out of the office, but it was sunny when I hit the road for home.
Wish I brought the camera for some pics
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Specs to come
Ron and I got there early, but Bev was there already. She rode in from
Once we were all at the top we enjoyed the view towards
One last Hill...
Then homeward bound.
Back in the early 80's Ron and I had a kawasaki 400. I rode on back and we puttered around during the warm weather. We sold the bike when we had our first child. 2 kids and 20 some years later, Ron has bought an 82 Suzuki GS850G for commuting and for fun. I was fully plannning to just hop on the back again, but one day we stopped in at the only motorcycle place open on a Sunday, a HD store, and I made the mistake of sitting on one small sportster, & hey! This is kind of nice!!
So now tomorrow I start my BRT class with Team Oregon that will hopefully lead to an endorsement. This past weekend we put over 100 miles on the suzuki riding around the area. I was pretty nervous at first, but by the end of the weekend, I relaxed and had a blast. I didn't want to stop, but Ron's hands were sore ( the previous owner had removed the padding on the grips) and I was chilled to the point I could no longer ignore the cold. I can't wait to go out again.
We'll be looking for a bike for me. Not the Sportster that started this whole thing, but something older and tamer. Ron is already commuting with the Suzuki. We want to do longer rides on the weekends and some light touring when the riding skills are up to snuff.
Well...I had a blast, and it was great weather excepting a little cold in the morning, but I didn't pass the skills part of the class. I'm still struggling to learn the controls on the bike, but mostly I think I just couldn't relax during the testing, and choked. It didn't help that I was first in line for the test. I may have access to a little ol' honda 125 and hope to get more practice on a bike before trying again. Guess I'm a slow learner but not giving up yet though...
I've got a Honda 125 until summer. The only bad part is it's a kick start. Kari's rule #1 for her next bike: no kickstarts. The little thing is really quite fun to ride though.
Update: Got my endorsement...
...and found a bike!
I finally passed my BRT class - Yay! Two people went down during the training. Nobody was hurt, but one didn't finish. Our class killed about three motorcycles that weekend...guess we were a rough bunch. It was a very different group than my first class.
We got what is probably the usual advice: congratulations, you are now free to ride straight to the parking lot and practice what you learned!! Fortunately we are a few blocks from the grade school and just a little farther to a new development that has no houses built yet, both great places to ride.
I found a 91 Vulcan 500 this weekend. Really like the way it fits, but it's more powerful than I'm used to. It's like starting over. I got in about a 20 minute parking lot session before the rain sent us home. We've had rain, snow, hale, thunder and lightening. The last hale/snow mix stuck and hasn't cleared, so I don't think I'll get more practice for awhile. I can't wait to learn to ride the new-to-me bike, throw on a tent and take off for the weekend!
I've already started working on the stopping. The new bike is a little heavier and the brakes are very touchy. My stops have been wobbly and I've been tentative on the braking, but I'm getting better. I've also figured out that a heavier bike...it rolls backwards on any tiny incline. I never noticed that on the little bikes.
We replaced the Vulcan
I’ve been riding my vulcan 500, but it's old and has a lot of mechanical issues, so we found this sitting around the dealership & had to bring her home. 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C50. I wasn't really planning to upgrade until next year, but, well...you know...
I took her for a short ride this evening. She feels more substantial, but honestly I think she may be even easier to handle than the vulcan. Smooth & well mannered, just a pleasure to ride.