Saturday, January 31, 2015

Lebanon to Scio Bicycle Ride

I was not in the mood for a cold, foggy ride today. It took about 5 miles to change my mind and just enjoy the ride. 11 of us started. 4 did the 30 mile loop and the rest of us continued on to Scio for lunch. About a 39 mile ride, for the group, and 41 miles for Ron and I since we rode from home to the start. The sun never made an appearance today. 
Fog :( 
Are we having fun yet?

Last pic of the day - too cold for picture taking!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sam I am

I finally took Sam out for a ride. I'd probably have done it sooner, but I was too lazy to gear up, get out of the garage AND go get gas all before getting in a nice ride. This would be my magical "the tank is always full and ready to go" fantasy.

However, once that chore was done and I had my 4 gallons of fossil fuel sloshing happily around the tank, I was inspired to take a little ride. I had forgotten that gasing up a bike is never simply a quick trip to the station.

Sam I am
Gilkey Bridge

It really was a great day to be outdoors. Where it was sunny, it was warm, and mostly it was sunny. Towards the end of the ride I lost the sunshine and gained a distinct chill to the air. Enough so that I cut my ride short and headed toward home. Short, only about 48 miles, but nice. Nice to be back on the Ninja even if only for the afternoon.

Away from the sun and into the gloom
Larwood Bridge


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
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.

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.
And we're off!
The last time I biked here this was a forested hill.
North Berry Creek and requisite bike porn.
Me thinks I'll be going up there
Lunch break.
hmmm ... haven't been up there. Off we go!

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 ...
... 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.
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.
So tempting. The road is clear just on the other side of the debris ...
Heck, I can make it over this!
Well ... maybe ...

Made it!
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.
I sure hope this road is the road I think it is
Heck yeah! I know this intersection.
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:

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.