I've wanted to explore Salem, Oregon for some time, but it's always tricky to find the best routes in an unfamiliar town. I was pleased to have an opportunity to have a guided tour from Nanci.
We headed north towards the state capitol. The cherry trees were in full bloom, so it was a must-stop on our ride. I've never visited when the trees are in bloom, and today they were gorgeous.
|Oregon State Capitol|
|Willamette River at Spongs Landing|
We headed up Commercial Street until we could connect up with part of the scenic bikeway through Salem. Much nicer riding through on quiet residential streets rather than busy Commercial. Although Nanci said it would be climb, we decided to ride up to visit Mahonia Hall - the Governor's Mansion. It's nice that a Governor is once again in residence there. Again it was a first visit for me, and it's a lovely place. We couldn't go past the gate of course, so we snapped some photos from the driveway all the while wondering if somewhere we were also on camera. Nanci thought they sometimes open the Hall for tours. I would love to see inside.
|Mahonia Hall, Salem Oregon|