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. :)


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Lights Ride

Today I stayed in the house, curled up with some reading. But then another rider posted up his ride and I just had to go for a little ride myself. Ron was roped into going along as well. Grabbed some headlamps and extra layers (but not enough it turns out) and went in search of Christmas lights. Might have to do a few of these Christmas light rides the month. Kinda fun. :)

I saved the first house for last since I think it was the prettiest on this night.

Christmas lights 2014

Christmas lights 2014

Christmas lights 2014

2.6 miles

Monday, December 1, 2014

Riding everyday in November: Recap

I've fallen behind on the blog, but I finished the "Riding everyday in November challenge. Had a heck of a good time getting out on the bike everyday despite what the weather threw at me. Some riders had some pretty nasty riding weather - snow,ice, severe wind. For myself the worst was a little cold and a little rain. Some days the weather was perfect. A few riders racked up over 1000 miles for the month. I rode a little over 370 miles, with maybe 10-12 more miles that didn’t get recorded on the computer. I didn’t ride the whole month. By chance I rode November 1st, but didn’t join the challenge until November 4th. I missed days 2 and 3. Many Thanks to Kevin for putting this challenge together! Here's just a few pics from some of the days.









Scroggins Feed


Santiam Spokes


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ride Everyday In November: Wednesday through Sunday

Wednesday’s ride: A Take-it-easy 17 miles out to the ferry and then around past the wildlife refuge. It was a recovery ride after Tuesday's ride - my legs wanted nothing to do with a bicycle. One of my fellow riders  was recovering from some injuries as well, so we kept it simple. More wind and cold today, but still nothing compared to up north.

Ankeny Wildlife Refuge


Buena Vista Ferry landing

Day 13: Only a couple of miles if that. It was about 35F and raining. Checked out a bike path I hadn’t been on for awhile. Tried out some gloves my son gave me last year, against the wet and cold. They’re some wool mitts that I think he picked up at Cabelas. I was certain that they would be cold once wet, but dang if they didn’t keep my hands warm even after they soaked through. Not bad!


Day 14. Before I could even get a ride planned, my mom called. Asked if I wanted to go to lunch. Couldn’t really turn down lunch with Mom, now could I.   So instead I had lunch with Moms and my Aunt, then went for a little spin afterwords, around the neighborhood.


Day 15: Club ride, Jefferson to Independence. 36+ miles. Gorgeous day, but cold and a bit of the north wind. Luckily the return was somewhat south-ish.



Buena Vista Ferry



Day 16: Short ride over to the lake for a few photo ops and to stretch the legs a little. The lake had just a touch of ice on it's surface. Just over 4 miles.

Little bit of ice on top

Cheadle Lake

Gravel grinding

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November Ride Everyday: Days 11 and 12

Monday Nov 10: 

No mileage to speak of, just a quick trip to the store for bird food. I returned home empty handed. The bird was not a happy camper. He is what ...  like, 5 ounces? Pffffft! What's he gonna do?
(Don't worry, Ron brought him dinner, after work.)

Tuesday, Nov 11 - Veterans Day

It’s best not to pass up an opportunity twice when you’re handed two great days for riding. I ignored the blue skies yesterday. I didn’t think I should do so a second time. I headed out with a vague plan to ride around 25-30 miles. I think the destination changed 3 or 4 times before I settled on a route (or at least a general direction to point the bike). Did I mention that decisiveness is not one of my strong points.

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Rock Hill School
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Willamette Valley view
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Lovely ranch outside of Shedd Oregon
Stopped in the little town of Shedd to pick up some more water, because, silly me, why would I have needed to bring a second water bottle if I was only going for a short spin…

Oregon, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain...oh wait, that's Oklahoma!
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Western Star Grange
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The Doctor is out and about in Tangent. 
Nice 42.5 mile ride. The last twenty fighting the headwind all the way home. Note to self do not head west when an east wind is predicted. I should know this stuff!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Weekend Recap: Still haven't gotten out on the Kawi

Sunday, Nov 9 - 8 miles

I spent the morning procrastinating while sipping my morning coffee, then spent a little more time waiting for the drizzle that showed up to quit. Per my app, it was supposed to quit in 12 minutes. It took perhaps a few more minutes than that, but did eventually move on out of the area. Today was an easy recreational ride just to get some pics and stretch the legs a bit.

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Cheadle Lake. Water level is very low. 
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Artsy path pic
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Easy access to Weirich Drive. Didn't know this was here. Nice! I cleaned up after my animal. 
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Weirich Drive in full bloom.
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Yep, another one of the diversion dam.
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The artsy shot.

8.15 miles

Saturday, Nov 8 - 24 miles

Saturday was our annual Covered Bridge Ride and Potluck. We broke up into several groups based on mileage with our group riding about 24 miles. It was cold and grey, but no wind or rain showed up, so a pretty decent day over all. Great food afterwords. I'm photographically challenged these days, learning a different camera, so I had a lot of blurry images.
Start Your Engines ...
Zoom, zoom ...


Gilkey Bridge
Shimanek Bridge
Dinner is Served!!
Missed a pic of one bridge, because I was blathering away and not paying attention.


Friday Nov 7 - 11 miles
Short spin around the neighborhood. 11 miles on the fun bike. Sunshine showed up and the wind did not - Yay!

Peterson's Butte


Thursday Nov 6: - 4 miles

Went out for a quick little ride between showers just to count for my ride today. Only about 4 miles.

One pic of the hill I didn't climb. Locals will know her for the short beast that she is.

 One cute, fuzzy, animal pic for the cuteness factor.