Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The commute this week - Happy Thanksgiving

Yay! I got two commutes in this week! No pics. It's too cold to mess with the camera. Heck the camera is probably frozen too. Tuesday I had a rainbow! It wasn't a rainbow kind of morning, but there it was. I was going to stop and get a photo, but I'd end up behind a school bus if I did, so I rode on. Going home along the freeway I have great views of the sunset. It makes it hard to concentrate on traffic.

This morning I had fog. The thick pea soup kind of fog. But every once in a while it would thin out and I'd get these wonderful, misty views of the landscape around me. The fog makes the ride quite cold though. I get off early today so I opt to take the backroads home. It's a lovely ride home. How can I explain how it feels to ride, even when it's cold or damp. It does my soul well.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

We rode with Santiam Spokes today. We started in Scio at Roger and May's house and road part of the covered bridge route, about 21 miles altogether. Gilkey bridge, hungry hill, then rode out to Richardson's Gap. Bev and Dian rode out to Larwood covering the full 32 mile route. We caught a glimpse of Shimanek bridge, but all but Bill turned back toward Scio.

Gilkey Bridge

Hoffman Bridge

Snow in the hills

Interesting foundation remains...wonder what it was for?

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Pondering the differences...motorcycle and bicycle. Both are about being out there, a part of the environment. Motorcycling, for me at least, is focused on the ride. When I ride I don't want to fuss with the camera. I don't want to stop for scenery, gas, or even to give myself a break. It's about the ride. I focus on technique and line, and how the moto feels as it moves down the road. Though sometimes it can be about the journey.

Bicycling is about the journey. When bicycling, I forget about the vehicle on which I'm riding. Bicycling lets me forget about technique and just ride, enjoying the world that I'm passing through at that moment. I hardly think on how to take a curve. I don't look for a suitable place to pull over. I just stop and drag the bike off the road.

One isn't better than the other. Both are best when they are best.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Grocery Getter

No big rides this weekend, but I at least managed a short errand run. Mom needed groceries, so after gathering the listed items from the grocery store I set off on two wheels. I Had a nice quiet ride out to Lacomb where the dreaded parking-in-the-gravel awaited me. I didn't drop the ol' girl while parking, but arrived in time for a couple of Mom's church friends who were just leaving. They looked a little concerned...Who is this wild biker pulling up in front of the house? Oh, it's just the daughter. I got the groceries dropped off and after a short visit had a nice ride home. One picture: Waterloo Park. Spent most of today daydreaming about beamers and ninjas. Do they call BMW motorcycles beamers?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Window shopping

Ron needed to pick up some tools at Woodcraft and the price of the trip was to visit a few motocycle dealers. I went to see a BMW f650 gs. It turned out to be a great day of learning. We saw and sat on a single and a twin. They feel very substantial and very tall! I was hoping they'd feel, well, a little smaller. They both were the standard height. They may have a lower one later on in spring. The salesman was very helpful--gave us a lot of information on the bikes, their accessories, features. Winter is a good time to visit the dealerships. It's less busy, and the staff have the time to go into all the details with you, even if you're just looking.  It was information overload by the end, but so good to get all the information. These are very nice, quality built bikes. They Ninja we will look at later will feel a little cheap in comparison. With their height and weight, I'm not sure I'm ready for a f650/g650 yet. BMW allows test rides, so if and when I get serious, I'm set to go.

Afterwords we stopped at Cyclesport and visited the kawasakis. They had the ER-6n and a 650R and the little 250 too. I was too tired to test ride, but the salesman let Ron take it out for a quick ride, so he could give me a ride report. It's not as torquey as the vulcan was. He could tell when he was lugging it. It's a bike that wants to rev. But very nimble and fun. It had new tires, so he did have a little sliding issue, but didn't drop the bike, so all is well. He's pretty sure I will like the bike. They have a green one. One of these weekends I plan to go back and ride one. The weight of this bike feels good to me. It's still a little tall, but can be lowered if I feel the need to do so.

No pics for this one...I couldn't bring myself to pull out the camera for a photo session at the dealership.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shut up alarm. I don't want to get up. It's dark. It's cold...
It's morning.

I look out the window. Hmmm, maybe not too bad. Some blue sky; Some grey clouds and some white. It's the kind of morning that promises pretty skies. It's also the kind of morning that brings risk...of rain.

Still I want to ride.
I don't even make it out of town when I feel the drops. I'm warm. I'm bundled in rain gear and fleece. I'm good. I don't want to dig out the camera. I hate stopping on the side of the road with no shoulders. I grab a snapshot at my stop on Scravel hill. Rain.

But still...pretty.

It's early. I opt to go through Jefferson and stay off the freeway. The rain has stopped, but when I look over at the coastal mountains I see white. Snow! The first snowfall on the foothills. I try for a photo, but there's no place to pull over. In Salem the sun comes out. It's a good day to commute.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Deceptive Morning

From last week...
A nice sunrise creates lines of shadow and light across the yard and highlights our plum tree fading into winter. The weatherman says Rain for the afternoon. Beautiful morning I will not be deceived.

Leaf, Line, and Light

Quick snapshot from last week. I was in the backyard checking the weather, debating riding to work. The lines from the deck and shadows, along with a sprinkling of leaves caught my eye.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Short Ride around the Santiam River

Quick ride around the South Santiam this morning. All the usual stuff. We had a nice ride, a little windy. The afternoon promises to be stormy and wet.


Autumn color fading

Yet another shot of the diversion dam

Waterloo park

Tiny old structure at Waterloo Park

Friday, November 6, 2009

Rainy days blues

Since Saturday looks like this...

...This looks like a nice way to spend the day indoors...

THIS is the color a kawi should be!

Might have to pay a visit to...

One for Ron...

...Might have to drop by this place...

...and visit with this little one.
Experienced, but she looks like she needs a new home!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Today's commute started with 36 degrees and fog.
Where normally I run into fog I find the sun.

Lickskillit road or Kampf road?
Where does one end and the other begin?

More color. Another curve in the road.

230 jobs gone by Christmas. Albany paper mill has been there since before I was born.
I've never seen it closed.

One of my favorite bridges. Entering Jefferson.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Quick trip to Eugene

Ron needed to pick up some tools from Woodcraft, so it seemed like the perfect destination for a little day ride. We headed out through Brownsville, over Gap Road, down through Coburg to Eugene. Ron found some things he wanted but some things had to be ordered. (Darn have to make this trip again!!) We started with blue skies, but ran into fog the farther south we went. Kinda cold by the time we got to Eugene.

We reversed back through Coburg then headed North and West over some backroads we haven't ridden (bicycle or moto) before. We got lost once, but it was a good lost. We wound our way over to Bellfountain Road and back to Corvallis. Lunch at Subway, then a few backroads home.

Taking a break on Bellfountain Road.

The requisite "shoot on the fly" pic.
Bellfountain Road.

...And the over the shoulder shot.
Not bad. I actually got the subject in the pic!

Ummm....aim lower. Nice blue skies though.