Ride log

CBBT Route 2018-10-17 56 Grando

Another glorious fall day. 

Town and Philomath 2018-10-15 47 Soma Saga

Fantastic fall weather 

Ankeny Wildlife Refuge 2018-10-11 60 Grando

Gorgeous day. Warm and sunny. First into town to get some tubes. Then Riverside to Albany. Little Wuesten for coffee, then on to Jefferson. Turned off Talbot and got on Wintel which goes right through the refuge. Then BV ferry, Springhill to Scenic to Oak Grove. Home via Crescent Valley. 

Dimple Hill 2018-10-10 30 Ravn

Up Jackson Creek, Down Oak Creek, through Bald Hill Park, and around town. Plus some miles from a previous trip to town. 

Independence 2018-10-06 50 Soma Saga

Took the Saga on a tenners ride because Grando lacks a rear fender. Did okay 

Town Garden 2018-10-04 30 Soma Saga

So far so good. 

Brownsvile 2018-10-03 58 Grando

Missed the 9:00 group. It was cold, I was tired, and I really didn't want to have to try and keep up. Left about 11 after it was warming up nicely. Gorgeous day. Upper 60's, little wind, mostly sunny. I meanderd south on the way back. Linn West - Oak Plain - Potter - Peckenpaugh - Greenback -...

North meander with climbs 2018-10-02 28 Grando

Out Crescent Valley and up Fraser Creek which loops back to Lewisburg Rd after a nice climb. Across to Pettibone and up Avalon, very steep. Arboretum and up Hoodview and Overlook to Mountain View. Then another loop north on the mostly flats. 

Town Garden 2018-09-30 22 Soma Saga

Some early rain but pretty nice overall. 

Lewisburg Saddle 2018-09-29 20 Grando

Broke my fender. 

Beaver Creek 2018-09-29 40 Grando

Same day. After my fender broke I went home and removed it, then had lunch and went back out. 

Rogue Hop Farm 2018-09-25 50 Grando

Another gorgeous fall day. 

Decker Road 2018-09-22 37 Grando

Warmer morning but it had rained. Rained again at the top of Decker. 

Town - Garden 2018-09-21 43 Soma Saga

Round and round and round we go.

C2C out and back 2018-09-19 16 Ravn

Top of Woods Creek to Harlan road and back. 

Lewisburg Saddle 2018-09-18 25 Grando

Gorgeous cool clear morning. 

Mennonite Bakery 2018-09-15 48 Grando

 Cool almost cold morning. Good turnout.

Town Garden School 2018-09-12 33 Soma Saga

First rains of summer on 9/11 and 9/12

Lewisburg Saddle 2018-09-11 30 Grando

Out 99 to Adair to meet Tuesday group but no one was there. Took Tampico to Willes, Robison, Rifle Range. Then Soap Creek and back over the top 

Cool morning with a few sprinkles. 

Smith Loop 2018-09-08 38 Grando

vi Bellfountain and Hiatt farm. Nice day. Rained overnight. 

Town Garden 2018-09-06 25 Soma Saga

Riding to school with J now. 

Albany 2018-09-04 30 Grando

Cool morning. Sunny. Nice tailwind heading south. 

Newport 2018-09-01 12 Ravn

From Beverly Beach. First out to Otter Rock, then back to Newport. Gorgeous day on the coast.

Beverly Beach 2018-08-31 54 Ravn

From Big Elk Campground it's 19 miles of gravel road to Elk City. There had been log trucks going by yesterday and this morning so I was a bit concerned. Turns out they were coming in from another road just a mile up the road and I never had to encounter one. In fact I only saw about 3...

Big Elk Campground 2018-08-30 32 Ravn

I was now confident that the C2C trail was well signed and rideable through to Harlan. Although the trail goes up Old Peak Road I still much prefer Woods Creek and so I headed that way. There was still some blue sky in Corvallis but the clouds where hanging in over Mary's Peak and it soon...

Elkins Road 2018-08-28 42 Grando

Tuesday club ride. Out Tampico to Berry Creek, Airlee to Elkins. Stop at Helmick Park and then back 99. I took Mountain View and Highland back.

I felt like a ton of lead today. I really had to work hard for very little power. Nice day as the smoke is gone. We did have a little wind....

Decker 2018-08-24 36 Grando

Late start and no motivation, but the smoke finally cleared enough to ride, and it's nice and cool. 

Garden and Open Streets 2018-08-19 20 Soma Saga

Nice. 

Rogue Hop Farm 2018-08-18 46 Grando

Nice group of tenners. Cooler morning, very nice.

A bit of the Coast 2018-08-17 30 Ravn

Around Beverly Beach Campground with January, Otter Crest solo, and a bit of Yaquina Bay Drive with Linda. 

Garden, Town, and ? 2018-08-13 25 Grando

Smoky sunrise ride to the garden.

CBBT 40 2018-08-11 38 Soma Saga

Pre ride. Cool cloudy day after months of heat. 

Kings Valley plus 2018-07-28 76 Grando

First came a 45 mile ride out to Kings Vally. At times I felt like I had no power, but when I got the bike going it really flew. Hundreds of motorcycles. Big rally with a stop in Kings Valley. 

Back in Corvallis, had lunch and then rode out to meet some of my Rando friends who were on...

Town Garden 2018-07-25 25 Soma Saga

Hot days of summer

Home 2018-07-22 30 Tandem

Day 4 mini loop

Brownsvile 2018-07-21 30 Tandem

Day 3 mini loop

Sunnyside Park 2018-07-20 20 Tandem

Day 2 mini loop

Waterloo 2018-07-19 33 Tandem

day 1 mini-loop

Around town 2018-07-17 20 Tandem

One more practice ride before mini-Loop. 

Day 9 - John Day 2018-07-15 34 Ravn
Day 8 - Dayville 2018-07-14 38 Ravn
Day 7 - Spray 2018-07-13 56 Ravn
Day 6 - Layover at Heppner 2018-07-12 5 Ravn
Day 5 - Heppner 2018-07-11 48 Ravn
Day 4 - Ukiah Dale State Park 2018-07-10 38 Ravn
Day 3 - Ritter Hot Springs 2018-07-09 52 Ravn
Day 2 - Austin Junction 2018-07-08 45 Ravn

Cold morning but the route started climbing right away. Back up from the wide prairie to 5,889' at the summit. Then 20 miles downhill to Prairie City. Second breakfast which I regretted because the service was so slow and the day was getting hot. 

Then east on 26, now following the...

Day 1 - Big Creek CG 2018-07-07 31 Ravn

Left Canyon City and immediately started climbing at a very gentle grade. We slowly made our way out of the valley and up into the trees. 

Test ride 2018-07-05 12 Ravn

Testing various loaded configurations before loop tour. 

Albany 2018-07-03 37 Grando

Rode to where NWTR was happening at Timber Ridge School. Biketopia was there playing music. Strong headwind to Albany. No wind on return via Riverside. Big party happening on the river front when I got to Corvallis.

Town - Garden 2018-06-28 40 Soma Saga

Probably the lowest milage June since I started riding. Well not quite, but low, and no doubt I'll pay for it on Loop Tour next week.

Around Ashland 2018-06-19 10 Ravn

More narrow steep streets until you get down to B street, then it's flat.

Bear Creek Greenway 2018-06-17 46 Ravn

All the way. 

Strawberry Century 2018-06-09 100 Grando

After over a month of dry weather it rained. Not as cold as last year though. I finished, and not last, but it was hard. Might be my last time doing the full century.

School and garden 2018-06-08 20 Tandem

We have learned to ride a tandem!

Alsea - Alsea Falls 2018-06-02 72 Grando

Started at 8. Great ride 

Garden 2018-05-31 12 Soma Saga

Very low miles for May

Tum Tum road 2018-05-30 12 Ravn

Straight up Tum Tum. Robert wanted to take us to Thompson Lake but the road in was clearly marked "private logging road, no public access". We decided not to go. 

Instead we kept going up Tum Tum looking for the C2C trail, which we found right in the middle of a new clearcut. We...

Return to Corvallis 2018-05-27 50 Ravn

Sunny and warm all day. We took the Wheatland ferry and rode into Salem on the west side of the river. We took a nice bike path/bridge attached to highway 22 back across into River Park. We then discovered this amazing new pedestrian/bicycle bridge which tied into the trail system from Mento...

Willamette Mission State Park 2018-05-26 60 Ravn

Bike overnight. Great turnout. Tenners even rode out with us as far as Buena Vista. Picked up the Tracys just before Independence bridge. Nice day. Cloudy with no wind. Flo rode with us the whole way and Loren picked her up at the park.

Around Ashland 2018-05-24 28 Ravn

Ashland is steep. I couldn't believe how steep it was going up Holly and Terrace to the start of the loop road. Didn't have time for much more other than some trips into town.

Garden - Town - Spring Roll 2018-05-20 48 Soma Saga

Riding to school with January most days.

Decker Road 2018-05-19 38 Grando

Cool and cloudy, just started warming up at the end of the ride. Out to Philomath first. Stopped at Hiatt farm on the way back.

Albany 2018-05-15 31 Grando

Shirley's Tuesday ride. A bit cooler than yesterday. 

Garden - town 2018-05-15 30 Soma Saga

No rain at all this month. 

Lebanon- Albany 2018-05-12 57 Grando

Started off cool but warmed up nicely. 

Garden 2018-05-10 12 Soma Saga

Logging short rides individually since I'm only doing short rides.

Its been very windy the last couple of days.

Garden 2018-05-09 12 Soma Saga

Slow recovery. 

Southtown 2018-05-08 26 Grando

Tuesday old guys ride. Back on the bike after being sick for two weeks. 

Town - Garden 2018-04-27 62 Soma Saga

Second half of April

Independence 2018-04-25 74 Grando

Another sunny almost hot day. This was the fast group. I could not keep up.

First rode to school with January, then over to the Beanery before mmeting the group at 9:00. They don't really leave untill 9:15 which is good to know.

Headed out to Buena Vista where the group split...

Albany 2018-04-24 34 Grando

Sunny and warm. Big turnout. 

Garden 2018-04-22 14 Ravn

Plus a little extra. Took the fenders off today.

Philomath and around 2018-04-21 30 Grando

Today was the Midge Cramer ride. I started with the club but pulled out at Philomath and wandered home alone. 

Felt pretty good considering long ride yesterday. 

Lebanon - Waterloo - Crawfordsville - Brownsville 2018-04-20 83 Grando

FInally a good long ride. The weather was going to be good so this was my day to get in my 70 mile ride-your-age ride. I had a couple of longer rides in March but not since turning 70. I got out early but was not awake yet and it was a bit cold so decided to stop for coffee before leaving town...

Airlee Road 2018-04-18 40 Ravn

Over Lewisburg Saddle and out Soap Creek. Then nice little loop from Tampico on Wiles Road (gravel) and Robison Road (gravel) to Airlee Road and then back on Berry Creek to Tampico. Nice day but still cool and a bit breezy. Warm weather is coming.

Philomath and around town 2018-04-17 30 Ravn

Starting to get antsy for touring. Playing around with configurations. 

Shedd 2018-04-14 42 Grando

Gray windy day but dry and not cold. Reverse loop out to Sevenmile and Boson Mill. Then Shedd and back on Green Valley. Nice tailwind coming back. 

Albany 2018-04-09 50 Grando

Via Springhill. Back Riverside and White Oak.Then through South Town and out the bike path to 53rd and home.

Nice day but the north wind was cold. The sun was out and it got up in the mid 60's by afternoon.

Decker Road 2018-04-06 38 Grando

The sun came out unexpectedly. Out through Philomath, then 34 to Decker. Back on Bellfountain. 

Philomath 2018-04-04 25 Grando

Put it off all day. Zero inspiration. Finally got out at 4. Warm dry day and rain in the forecast for the next week. A few extra miles out 53rd to the gravel and back.

Buena Vista 2018-03-31 36 Ravn

Nice day but I'm ready for a lot warmer. Stopped at Buena Vista House cafe. Nice. 

Town & Garden 2018-03-29 58 Soma Saga

Out and about 

Independence 2018-03-20 74 Ravn

Epic loop on a sunny first day of spring. First over Lewisberg Saddle to get the big climb in early, out Soap Creek and across to Buena Vista. Took the ferry across and followed th WVSB to Independence. After a quick snack I headed west to Monmouth and then continued west on Monmouth Hwy. Then...

Shedd 2018-03-17 38 Grando

Rain was in the forecast but it held off. We we're supposed to go to Brownsville but everyone wanted to turn around at Shedd. Some nice tailwind heading back,  but mostly side wind.

Decker Road 2018-03-10 37 Ravn

Nice tenners ride. Sunny at the start and dry. Good turnout. 

Town - Garden 2018-03-09 26 Soma Saga

Starting to work in the garden. It's trying to be spring.

Brownsville 2018-03-07 62 Grando

Wednesday group. Gray skies but not too cold, not too windy, and no rain. 

Grab Bag 200k 2018-03-03 82 Grando

My first DNF. Nice day, but I didn't have what it takes.

Smith Loop 2018-02-24 34 Ravn

Out Bellfountain to Greenberry. No rain until just before we got back to Corvallis. Lots of wind though. 

Philomath 2018-02-19 24 Ravn

Out 53rd to Bellfountain. Then Airport to Fern. Cold, a bit windy, but dry. 

Town 2018-02-14 20 Soma Saga

Not much to say.

Dayton Beaver 200k 2018-02-10 130 Ravn

Took the Ravn on a 200k. The Compass RTP tires made it possible. A little slower than the Grando but more comfortable and much easier climbing. The low gears really came in handy on this ride. 

Started in Willamina with the temperature right around freezing. My fingers were killing me...

Crescent Valley 2018-02-08 20 Ravn

Put the RTPs back on the Ravn with tubes, but then rode into town and had Trevor mount them tubeless. 

Five Rivers 200k 2018-02-04 132 Grando

Started early in Eugene, FInished late in Eugene. In between we rode over or along the Wilamette, McKenzie, Mohawk, Calipooia, and Santiam rivers. We also went over every hill between Eugene and Lebanon. On the return we hit Gap road at 100 mile in. Somehow I survived.

Photos by Susan...

Around Town 2018-01-30 60 Soma Saga

Amazingly warm and dry for January. 

Lunch in Pacific City 2018-01-28 74 Grando

Loop from Willamina. Misty mountain day. 

Albany 2018-01-27 36 Grando

Via Springhill. We were headed for Jefferson via BV ferry, but the wind started gusting from the south so we decided to just head in to Albany. Again the forecast said it would rain all day and we didn't get a drop. 

Albany 2018-01-20 28 Grando

Another unrainy day. Some wind though coming back. 3 riders got flats, but not me on my ultralight tires. Amazing.

Pictures by Patti.

Pettibone 2018-01-18 20 Ravn

Out Crescent Valley. Back hwy 20 into town. Rained all day but stopped when I went out. 

Eugene-Alsea 200k 2018-01-13 127 Grando

Got up at 4:30. Alarm was set for 5, but I was up. Good thing because it was dense fog getting out to the freeway and spotty fog all the way to Eugene. Still got their pretty early. It was clear in Eugene and just getting light when we left. Guy took over never to be seen again, but the rest...

Around town 2018-01-12 32 Soma Saga

Getting plenty of riding in for January. Just one really rainy day so far. 

Brownsville 2018-01-06 56 Ravn

Gorgeous day in January. Sunshine and no wind. Hard to beat. 

Decided the Ravn with Schwalbe tires is too sluggish for a club ride. 

Town Garden 2018-01-05 30 Soma Saga

Surprisingly good weather so far this year. 

Dimple Hill 2018-01-03 32 Ravn

Sunny day and not so cold. Up Oak Creek down Horse and Dan's trails. I then did a loop around town as it was too nice to not ride. Rain tomorrow.

New Year's Day ride 2018-01-01 28 Grando

First we had to duck into MoC and wait for the freezing fog to lift a bit. Then on to Philomath and out Fern to Airport. Then back Bellfountain to Nutcakes. It took almost to the end of the ride but the sun finally did come out. 

Philomath 2017-12-30 20 Ravn

Started out with the tenners but was feeling really weak. Turned around after Philomath and crawled home at 7mph. Got back in bed and slept the rest of the day. 

Around town 2017-12-28 25 Soma Saga

Year end commuting on the Saga. 

Philomath - Albany 2017-12-25 52 Grando

Partly sunny and cold. I was not very motivated and didn't get going until 11:00. Through Philomath and south on Fern. I was considering Decker but dark clouds that way so I took Llewelyn to 99w and back to town. Everything was closed for Christmas day. Took the 34 bike path and Riverside to...

Around town 2017-12-23 22 Ravn

Missed the tenners. Rain stoped but it kept misting all day and got colder. 

Monmouth 2017-12-16 54 Grando

Warmer but 100% humidity so it felt colder at the start, but it cleared up a bit as the day wore on and I was never too cold. We headed out Independence and went to Tracy's house for lunch. I left the group at Airlee and took Berry Creek - Soap Creek - Lewisburg Saddle home.

Town - Garden 2017-12-15 56 Soma Saga

Mostly sunny cold days with no rain so far in December.

Bellfountain Gravel Loop 2017-12-13 32 Ravn

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Another beautiful sunny cold day. Perfrect conditions. The road that we couldn't ride because of ice last January, was dry and clear. The worst frost was on the paved roads. There are some...

Albany 2017-12-12 36 Grando

Another cold sunny day. Took Metge to Gibson Hill to N Albany road. Back on Riverside. Albany is a mess with construction. Need to stay away for a while.

Hiatt farm - Smith Loop 2017-12-09 38 Ravn

Freezing and foggy to start, but the sun came out and it was pretty nice. 

Surpassed last year's total miles on this ride.  Also now have over 1,000 on the Ravn. 

Wren to Wren 2017-12-06 30 Ravn

Reverse of the way I usually do this. Kings Valley road to Alexander to Hoskins road to Mary's River road to Blodgett-Eddyville road. Back on Harris road. 

We expected it to be foggy but it was bright sunshine. Cold and frosty to start but warmed up nicely. 

Philomath 2017-12-02 24 Ravn

Up the hills in NW first. Rainy day.

Osprey Loop 200k 2017-11-29 130 Grando

Sunny day and no wind. Warmed up nicely as well. As good as it gets for late November. Of course it got dark early but I have good lights and like riding in the dark.

Monthly Commuting 2017-11-27 50 Soma Saga

Still using the Saga for around town. 

Portland 2017-11-24 16 Ravn

Met Robert at  Velo Cult. Rode around a bit. Stopped at Renovo and Clever Cycles. Crossed the river on the new bridge. Came back over Steel Bridge. Had lunch at Velo Cult. 

Dimple Hill 2017-11-21 22 Ravn

Up Jackson Creek, down Oak Creek.

Shedd 2017-11-18 38 Grando

Cold cold fog. 

Garden 2017-11-17 19 Ravn

Rain stopped, but then it didn't. 

Ervin Road 2017-11-14 42 Ravn

To school with January.Then Coop for breakfast. Out 99 to Airport west to Peterson then Ervin. Side roads off 34 back.

North/ South loop 2017-11-12 38 Ravn

Crescent Valley Lewisburg Granger 20 town 99 Airport Fern Philomath 9th West Hills Bald Hill Walnut. No rain. 

Peedee 2017-11-11 56 Ravn

Annual Peedee pie ride. 

Philomath 2017-11-09 30 Ravn

Past Philomath out Fern Road to Llewellen and back on Bellfountain. Waited all day for the rain to quit which it did about 2:30.

Dunn Forest 2017-11-08 10 Ravn

Rainy exploration of roads 200, 320, 420, and 400. My fenders collected too much debris and stopped me dead. Not good.

Around town 2017-11-06 16 Ravn

Bike shop - tale of tubeless woes - and around.

Jefferson 2017-11-04 50 Grando

Started with the tenners but they all went short after waiting around for me to fix a flat. John, Tracy and I continued on to the ferry and then Jefferson - Albany.  Cold gray day and then the wind came up. Didn't rain though. 

Crescent Valley 2017-11-02 12 Ravn

Trying out new rain gear. In the dark. 

Independence 2017-10-31 58 Grando

Another gorgeous autumn bike riding day. When I head out on a solo ride...

Town - Garden 2017-10-30 30 Soma Saga

Monthly total.

Wern - Harris Road - Blodgett - Summit - Hoskins - Wren 2017-10-30 31 Ravn

Cool crisp sunny autumn day. Colors were amazing. Some loose gravel on Hoskins road but otherwise excellent conditions.

Adair 2017-10-28 22 Ravn

Started with the bike club on the cemetery ride, but had to get back early. Perfect fall morning. 

Corvallis perimeter 2017-10-27 16 Ravn

Beautiful fall morning. Vivid colors. Feeling good 3 days after 200k. 

Hillsboro -Dallas 200k 2017-10-24 124 Grando

Absolutely gorgeous fall day. Wasn't my best ride.

Garden 2017-10-23 14 Ravn

Short warmup ride for 200k tomorrow. 

Albany then garden 2017-10-14 42 Ravn

Foggy and cold in the morning then partly sunny but still cold.

Harlan - Hill top Road 2017-10-08 22 Ravn

We drove over to Harlan and parked at Big Elk Campground. We first rode east following the C2C trail back but a few miles after it turns off of Mary's Peak Road it was unpassable due to mud, as a result of recent logging. Really bad sticky mud. So we turned around and rode back. We then went...

Shedd 2017-10-07 46 Ravn

Sunny at the start but threatening rain at the end.

Fall City 2017-09-30 38 Ravn

Started in Monmouth. Helmick to Simpson road which was somewhat loose chunky gravel with washboard. Ducked a rain squal before Garden road which is also gravel into Fall Citty. The Bread Board bakery was opened so we had lunch, thern checked out the falls and rode back via Monmouth Hwy.

Dimple Hill - Dan's Trail 2017-09-29 15 Ravn

We left 15 minutes to early and had to take shelter from a rain shower. After that partly sunny and lovely. 

The Ravn was superb coming down Dan's Trail. 

Town Garden 2017-09-28 14 Ravn

Still recovering from last Sunday's brevet. 

Town - Garden 2017-09-27 27 Soma Saga

2 or 3 rides worth. The Saga is still my main commuter, although I have been riding the Ravn a lot.

Town - Garden 2017-09-26 15 Ravn

Recovery ride.

Lobster Valley 200 2017-09-24 127 Grando

Killer ride. More later.

Peoria Park 2017-09-23 30 Grando

Short ride today, long ride tomorrow. Cold start but then really nice fall day. 

Town & Garden 2017-09-20 32 Soma Saga

Mid month entry. Had to change the batteries on the odometer. Fall weather came with Fall.

Albany - Philomath 2017-09-16 45 Ravn

Most tenners must still be starting at 9:00. First cool morning.Then warm but smoky. Really enjoying the Ravn.

Beachside SP - Home 2017-09-14 72 Ravn

Tale of two log trucks

Big Elk to Beachside SP 2017-09-13 65 Ravn

North wind. 

Big Elk CG 2017-09-12 36 Ravn

First overnight on the Ravn. Highway 20 to Burnt Woods. New pavement with wide shoulder most of the way. Road to Harlan is also paved, then 2 miles of gravel to nice campground. 

Cardwell Hill - Harris Bridge 2017-09-11 35 Ravn

Didn't have the strength to pedal up the steep parts. Lower gears are great but won't make up for weak engine. 

Ravn handles great on downhill gravel. Very stable. It was hot and motivation was low so I turned around at Harris Bridge. 

Town - Garden - MVBC road cleanup 2017-09-09 50 Soma Saga

Out Bellfountain after road cleanup and back Fern. The Saga feel heavy and slow compared to the RAVN and Grando, but I was able to haul a very heavy load back from the garden with ease.

Dimple Hill - Bald Hill 2017-09-07 35 Ravn

First gravel ride on the Ravn. Handed great. Nice to have low gears. Fun to descend in the drops. 

Rogue Farms - Lewisburg Saddle 2017-09-02 52 Ravn

I got ahead of the group on the way home and then went off course to Soap Creek. Met Craig from the Santiam Spokes. 

Banks - Elsie - Banks 2017-08-30 130 Grando

Gorgeous cool clear day after weeks of heat and smoke. 

Town Garden 2017-08-29 20 Ravn

New bike bliss. 

Town, Garden, Town 2017-08-28 20 Ravn

Loaded her up to see how it felt. Then went to the garden and added a lot of weight. 

It was amazing how easy it was to put the rack and cages on. Both just went on with no modifications. However this is not the best setup for this bike. I need to get more weight in the front and less...

Lewisburg Saddle 2017-08-26 26 Ravn

Reverse loop. First club ride with the Ravn. So far so good. Probably the best it's going to get. Once I start adding racks, fenders, etc. it probably won't feel this responsive.

Maiden Voyage 2017-08-25 15 Ravn

First ride on the Ravn.

Town Garden 2017-08-24 50 Soma Saga

More summer commuting 

Albany 2017-08-22 28 Grando

Tuesday group. Day after eclipse. 

Brownsville 2017-08-19 57 Grando

Good showing at the start. Nice cool morning. After Shedd it was Brandy, Beth, Lyle, John and I. Nice route back but strong headwinds.

CBBT 2017-08-17 94 Grando

Got a ride to Albany and started with 5 others. Cool cloudy morning. After Scio they turned back and I continued on the 100 mile route to Lebanon. Then directly home instead of back to Albany. Gor hot in the afternoon. 

Newport - Home 2017-08-11 28 Soma Saga

Beachside to Newport. Then bus to Corvallis, out to the garden and then home.

Still cool and wet in Waldport, but warmer and almost sunny in Newport.

Yachats 2017-08-10 24 Soma Saga

From Beachside. Saw whales. Went up the valley. 

Garden and town 2017-08-08 54 Soma Saga

Hot summer days. 

Mary's Peak 2017-08-06 57 Grando

Got out early enough but procrastinated before the climbing started. Then went slow the rest of the day. It never got too hot. Partly cloudy skies with haze and smoke. Went down Woods Creek.

Garden and town 2017-07-30 68 Soma Saga

Mid summer heat. 

Decker - Smith Loop 2017-07-29 48 Grando

Nice turnout. Beat the heat for the most part. Some wind coming back.

Albany 2017-07-18 28 Grando

Regular Tuesday ride. About a dozen people. Very nice. 

Home 2017-07-16 30 Soma Saga

Mini-Loop 2017 Day 4 - Waterloo to Corvallis. Cooler day and windy.

January opted to go with Grandma which was good because I was beat. Riding with the tag along bike is way harder then loaded panniers. Rode most of the way with Val and George.

We went off course and took...

Waterloo County Park 2017-07-15 18 Soma Saga

Mini-Loop 2017 Day 3 - Sunnyside Park to Waterloo Park

Shorter ride by some big hills.

Linda came and bailed me out. I need some help with January.

Sunnyside County Park 2017-07-14 28 Soma Saga

Mini-Loop 2017 Day 2 - Brownsville to Sunnyside Park. Warmer day today.

We left early and rode all the way to Sweet Home by ourselves. January was stoked to realize she had ridden all the way to Sweet Home. We stopped at the supermarket and waited for others to catch up. Turned into...

Brownsville 2017-07-13 26 Soma Saga

MIni-Loop 2017 Day 1 - Corvallis to Brownsville

We met at the waterfront park fountain and started about 9:30. It was a nice cool morning.

 

Banks - Elsie 200k permanent 2017-07-09 131 Grando

My longest ever ride. Beautiful day. Banks-Vernonia Trail. Then Mist, Jewel, Elsie and back. 

Kings Valley 2017-07-08 47 Grando

Tenniners 

Around town 2017-07-07 57 Soma Saga

Garden. 

Corvallis - Home 2017-07-02 44 Soma Saga

Day 15 - Day 9 ST1 - Fern Ridge to Alvadore to Junction City. 99E to Harrisburg and Peoria road to Corvallis.

Fern Ridge Reservoir 2017-07-01 45 Soma Saga

Day 14 - Day 8 ST1 - Last night of camping. Cottage Grove to Loraine and then down Territorial.

Pine Meadows CG 2017-06-30 57 Soma Saga

Day 13  - Day 7 ST1 - Out of Roseburg via Garden Valley. Then over some big hills and gravel roads, and finnaly London Hill before dropping down to London Springs and then on to Cottage Grove Lake.

River Forks Park 2017-06-29 26 Soma Saga

Day 12 - Day 6 ST1 - Layover day in Roseburg. Nice ride out to the confluence of the North and South Umpqua.

Roseburg 2017-06-28 44 Soma Saga

Day 11 - Day 5 ST1 - On down to Roesburg, Very nice route in on Roberts Creek Road.

Susan Creek 2017-06-27 57 Soma Saga

Day 10 - Day 4 ST1 - Down the North Umpqua. Lots of waterfalls.

Diamond Lake 2017-06-26 28 Soma Saga

Day 9 - Day 3 ST1 - Up the Rogue to Diamond Lake.

Union Creek 2017-06-25 70 Soma Saga

Day 8 - Day 2 ST1 -  From Lake of the Woods we rode down 140 to Rocky Point and then the familiar route to Fort Klamath. Then the climbing started as we worked our way up 62 into Crater Lake National Park. After a quick stop at the top it was a fast downhill to Union Creek.

Lake of the Woods 2017-06-24 36 Soma Saga

Day 7 - Day 1 of ST1

Klamath Falls 2017-06-23 40 Soma Saga

Day 6   Nice route off of 97 from Chilloquin to Modoc Point  Hot in KF  

 

Collier State Park 2017-06-22 79 Soma Saga

Day 5 - Nice cold morning. Got a good start but got a flat in the most perfect place to change a flat. Wide paved pull off with a very scenic view. 

Highway 58 to Chemult then all 97. Much farther than I had intended. Mostly flat or downhill. 

Davis Lake 2017-06-21 65 Soma Saga

Day 4. Navigate Bend then 97, then Sunriver. Finally getting somewhere when I got to the fork in the road. One way to La Pine, the other to Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway. I took the fork. So delightfully cook up in the mountain lakes. 

Tumalo SP 2017-06-20 50 Soma Saga

Day 3 - Over McKenzie Pass. Hung out in Sisters for a bit. 

Up early to finish the climb in the morning coolness. There was actually just 4 more miles of the climb until it leveled out and then a few ups and downs before the top. Traffic was picking up, mostly from the Sisters side....

Alder Creek CG 2017-06-19 50 Soma Saga

Day 2 - Stopped at Limberlost CG to escape the heat. Did the last 10 miles after 6:00 PM.

The day started riding through familiar places like Vida, and Blue River. Stopped at the Goodpasture Bridge remembering when I bought my tractor from Bill Goodpasture back in 1976. The bridge...

Deerhorn county park 2017-06-18 69 Soma Saga

 

Day 1. It got hot today. Familiar route though Peoria, Harrisburg, and Coburg. Then McKenzie View which led to 126 completely bypassing Eugene and Springfield. 

Met a cyclist from Boulder, CO riding with his daughter. The started in Bend and came over the pass. 

I...

Albany 2017-06-17 28 Grando

The sun came out! Really nice day. Took it easy. Big ride starts tomorrow. 

Commuting 2017-06-16 44 Soma Saga

LBCC and garden. 

Commuting 2017-06-16 44 Soma Saga

LBCC and garden. 

Philomath 2017-06-11 18 Soma Saga

Mini loop tour practice ride. Rain stopped. Partial clearing and warm enough for a good ride. Lots of kids with parents on tandems. 

Strawberry Century 2017-06-10 100 Grando

Rain. Rain when we started and rain when we finished. But some clearing in between. I was not fully recovered from last week's brevet. It was a hard ride. But we made it. Very scenic. They change the first part of the ride each year making it more interesting.

Commuting 2017-06-09 96 Soma Saga

LBCC, garden, and with January to school. 

Newburg-Scio 200k 2017-06-03 126 Grando

My second ACP brevet with the Oregon Randonneurs. Even got Rick and Tracy to join me. 

Drizzly wet morning but dried up by afternoon. Similar route to the first one I did but more hills. 

Philomath 2017-06-01 20 Grando

Stew and the Sacramento gang are back for another tour. I joined them for the start. 

Monthly Commuting 2017-05-31 405 Soma Saga

Saved the miles all month. A lot of these are with J on the Piccolo to and from school and to the garden. Most are to and from LBCC. 

Jefferson 2017-05-29 70 Grando

Met the Tracys at Buena Vista. Took the ferry and then Talbot road to Jefferson. Had an early lunch, then back trough the Ankeny Wildlife Refuge to Independence brige. Stapelton to Monmouth, then back on Helmick, 99W, Arboretum, Mountain View, and Highland.

Couldy in the morning but...

Alsea Falls 2017-05-27 75 Grando

Clockwise. Bellfountain - Alpine - Alsea Falls - Alsea - Alsea Summit. Sunny hot day, perfect in the woods, hot in the sun.

Alsea Falls 2017-05-27 75 Grando

Clockwise. Bellfountain - Alpine - Alsea Falls - Alsea - Alsea Summit. Sunny hot day, perfect in the woods, hot in the sun.

Willamette Mission State Park 2017-05-20 104 Grando
Ride of Silence 2017-05-17 12 Grando

Nice turnout. Nice evening. 

Philomath 2017-05-14 24 Soma Saga

Short but brisk ride. Trying to ramp up the intensity on short rides. 

Buena Vista 2017-05-09 36 Grando

Adair, Metge, Oak Grove, Palestine, Scenic, Spring Hill and back. Nice day v

Covered Bridge 200k 2017-05-06 127 Grando

Oregon Randonneurs brevet. My first. Beautiful day, great people. Wilsonville to Scio then Salem and back. 

I got up at 3:30 and drove up to Wilsonville. I got to the Starbucks early but there was already a group of riders getting ready to go. Turn out they were doing a 400k ride....

Garden town 2017-05-05 15 Grando

New tires

Around town 2017-04-30 42 Soma Saga

Over the past 2 weeks.

Brownsville via Harrisburg 2017-04-29 92 Grando

Out Peoria, Tangent, Green Valley, Fayetteville and Peoria to Menanite bakery with a bunch of Tenners. Warm and sunny! John and I then continued to Harrisburg and then Gap Road to Brownsville. Lunch at Main Street Cafe and then home via Seven Mile, Robert's Road, etc. Great ride!

Albany 2017-04-28 35 Grando

No rain! Albany back Riverside, then out to garden. Mounted front panniers and had a little weight in them. Definitely adds some stability having more weigh up front.

Decker Road 2017-04-22 40 Grando

Drizzle and wind. And yesterday was so nice. 

Scio 2017-04-21 80 Grando

Via Buena Vista and Jefferson. Back through Tangent. 

Really nice day. Almost 70. Light wind. About time. 

Town 2017-04-20 11 Grando

Quick trip to town to checkout a Soma Wolverine.

Waterloo 2017-04-15 70 Grando

It didn't rain today!

Commuting 2017-04-14 55 Soma Saga

Rain won't quit. One ride to LBCC. Some to garden and town. 

Independence - Jefferson - Crabtree - Tangent 2017-04-06 100 Grando

My birthday ride. Rain at first but then it stopped. No wind. Independence Hwy, then WVSB. then Talbot to Jefferson. Mostly flat ride in the valley. Took it slow. Stopped twice.

Valley of the Giants 2017-04-02 18 Grando

Short ride on the North Fork Siletz River.

Smith Loop 2017-04-01 45 Grando

Light mist and drizzle. Out Bellfountain to Llewellyn. Back Greenberry - Decker. Stop at Hiatt Bakery.

Harrisburg 2017-03-31 75 Grando

First sunny day since I've been back from NZ. Out Bellfountain to Coon road. Monroe Old River Road to Harrisburg. Peoria road, Irish Bend Loop, and some wandering out Greenback and Kendal Loop. 

Around town and garden 2017-03-28 40 Soma Saga

Also picked January up after school a couple of times. 

Halsey 2017-03-25 50 Grando

Once again the rain held off enough to get in a good ride. Meandering route off of Peoria road going out, American road to Peoria road coming back. Increasing headwind going out, mostly tailwind coming back but it was shifting from south to west. Talked with John V about doing the northern...

Around town 2017-03-24 14 Grando

Town

Peoria then garden 2017-03-22 37 Grando

5 riders headed out towards Harrisburg. 3, including me, turned around at Peoria. Rain was threatening but held off. 

Otago Peninsula 2017-03-18 38 Disc Trucker

Last ride in New Zealand and last ride on the Trucker, which I sold here.

Took Highcliff Road, which is very well named, out the peninsula. It starts up the middle with great views of Otago Bay and Dunedin, and then bends east towards the ocean, before diving fast downhill back to...

Daisybank to Middlemarch 2017-03-16 26 Disc Trucker

My plan was to hang out as long as I could at camp. It was a beautiful spot but the sun hit it really late and it was cold. I still took it as slow as I could. Sarah the backpacker was packed up and ready to go before I even got up. She was the first one out. The Australian couple dallied a...

Poolburn Gorge to Daisybank 2017-03-15 45 Disc Trucker

Woke early at my not-so-stealth camping spot on the trail. I wanted to get going before too many riders came along. It was a beautiful morning and I was looking forward to a nice long day of riding. The Tunnels were the first thing up, followed by a long bridge. These were nice tunnels to ride...

Clyde to Poolburn Gorge 2017-03-14 37 Disc Trucker

When I got up I knew I wouldn't be riding on with Jelle. The tentative plan was to ride the first part of the Roxburgh trail with him, and then double back to the Otago trail. I woke up tired and way behind Jelle who was soon ready to go. So we said our goodbyes and he was off. So now I was on...

Omakau to Clyde 2017-03-13 28 Disc Trucker

Had my tea at the fancy hotel and was ready to go. Then had a light breakfast it the bike shed, where it was at least dry. It was misting out, but not raining. 

The trail seemed to be climbing which helped warm me up. We were coming up the back side of Tiger Hill, which from the other...

Wedderburn to Omakau 2017-03-12 28 Disc Trucker

Day 3 on the Otago Central Rail Trail. Wet and cold just like a winter ride at home. Wind was at our backs for the most part and there were two cafes on the route.

We hung out as long as we could at the Wedderburn Hotel not wanting to go out in the cold rain. Eventually we had to go....

Daisybank to Wedderburn 2017-03-11 25 Disc Trucker

Otago Central Rail Trail day 2. Cool day, easy riding.

I slept in knowing we had a short easy ride that day. Jelle got up early as did the Danish couple with their children. Hard to believe they could get their kids fed, their stuff packed and make it out of camp before me, but they...

Middlenarch to Daisybank 2017-03-10 24 Disc Trucker

Otogo Central Rail Trail day one. The trail was great but first was the train ride.

We left the Dunedin Holiday Park by 8:30 to get to the train station by 9:00. We knew the route after riding it the day before. The Taieri Gorge Railway train ride was very scenic but short of...

Dunedin 2017-03-09 14 Disc Trucker

Got up early to catch the shuttle from Oamaru to Dunedin. Cold but not as cold as yesterday and very sunny. Shuttle took us to the Holiday Park. After getting settled we rode back into town to see where we catch the train tomorrow to the start of the Otago Rail Trail. Dunedin is a big city,...

Duntroon to Oamaru 2017-03-08 35 Disc Trucker

Increadible trails today. First a bit of road and next-to-road path to Elephant Rocks. Then things got really interesting as the purpose made bike trail wandered down a canyon and then across and switched back up the other side. The geology of this region is very interesting with ancient worn...

Kurow to Duntroon 2017-03-07 20 Disc Trucker

Logistically it was too far to get to Oamaru so today would be a short ride, mostly along the Waitaki River. Leaving Kurow we immediately came to the winery which of course required a stop. The trail then led through the vineyard, which was nice. This was part purpose made bike track and part...

Omarama to Kurow 2017-03-06 45 Disc Trucker

Today was all about hydro electric plants. In fact each day had been leading up to this. The canals we had followed from lake to lake had all the water flowing this way, and today is where it all came through the Benmore Dam and hydro plant.

But before we got there we were treated to...

Twizel to Omarama 2017-03-05 54 Disc Trucker

We left the campground at Twizel on a quiet back road. After a few miles it crossed the highway and led us to a canal road similar to the one we took from Lake Tekapo. Once again the road alternated from sealed to gravel. After we reached Lake Oahu and crossed a dam our path became a nice...

Lake Tekapo to Twizel 2017-03-04 42 Disc Trucker

A2O day 1. Awesome! We started along the canal road from Lake Tekapo to Lake Pukaki. These lakes are all connected by canals and feed into a huge hydro-electric system. This canal road alternated between sealed road and gravel. The gravel sections were pretty loose but had a nice single track...

Lake Tekapo 2017-03-03 10 Disc Trucker

We took a rest day at Lake Tekapo before starting on the A2O trail. It was the perfect place to do so. I rode into town and back to the campground and around the lake a little. Very windy day. There is a larch forest growing on the side of the lake. They are not native but have naturalized...

Fairlie to Lake Tekapo 2017-03-02 30 Disc Trucker

Didn't sleep well after a late night with our new friends doing a road bike tour. So another late start. But the sun was shining and the sky was blue, and now we could see some of the mountains that were obscured by clouds yesterday.

It was a gradual climb to the "town" of Burkes Pass...

Pleasant Point to Farlie 2017-03-01 30 Disc Trucker

This was a very pleasant ride on highway 8. Light traffic and very gradual grade, although we were climbing the whole way. Jelle was having bike issues this day. His fairly new Schwalbe Marathon was bulging and also had a big gash in the tread. Then when we removed it to put in a boot, which I...

Mt. Somers to Pleasant Point 2017-02-28 50 Disc Trucker

Another easy day. A bit longer than we had been riding, which was good. We debated the route a bit as the route we were following from the Kennet Bros was quite a bit longer than the main highway, but ended up following it pretty closely.

Midway we passed through the town of Geraldine...

Glentunnel to Mt. Somers 2017-02-27 40 Disc Trucker

It was starting to show signs of clearing as we left, and as the day progressed it got nicer and nicer. We were riding quiet back roads with very few cars on them. As the sun came out we could now see the foothills and mountains to the west. As we approached the Rakaia Gorge we did have to get...

Christchurch to Glentunnel 2017-02-26 47 Disc Trucker

After a rest day at Hanmer Springs, which was nice and hot, we woke up to rain. We had a shuttle to catch so there was no time to try and dry the tents. The shuttle kept us from riding the busy highway which now had all of the traffic to Christchurch since the coast route was closed due to the...

Hanmer Springs 2017-02-25 10 Disc Trucker

Layover day in Hanmer Springs. We went to the hot pools, which were relaxing even though it was a hot day. Mostly hung out. I took advantage of the free Spark Wifi to upload some pictures.

We ran into another touring cyclist Joost, whom Jelle had met previously. She is also from The...

Cold Creek to Hanmer Springs (Rainbow Trail) 2017-02-24 44 Disc Trucker

It was cold when we woke up at Cold Creek, but we could see the sun would soon be upon us. We knew we had a hard morning of climbing ahead of us before the long downhill. At once the road got a lot rougher than it had been the day before. There were some places where slides had fallen over the...

Saint Arnaud to Cold Creek (Rainbow Trail) 2017-02-23 30 Disc Trucker

Epic ride up the Wairau River into the mountains.

It was longer than I thought it would be on the highway to the start of the Rainbow Trail, but eventually we turned off on a lovely fast downhill into the Wairau Valley. The clouds were putting on a show and the whole thing was...

Kohutu to St. Arnaud 2017-02-22 31 Disc Trucker

Left Quinney's Bush Camp at 9:00 with the sand fleas chasing me the whole way. First stretch was on the highway which was busy but not too bad. Then the turnoff on Korere - Tophouse road. This was great. No traffic at all. Steady climbing into a slight headwind. First farms and then forests....

Motueka Valley to Kohutu 2017-02-21 26 Disc Trucker

Through Facebook Messenger I had been communicating with Jelle and I decided I would meet up with him in St. Arnaud to ride the Rainbow Trail. I had two days of riding to get there.

I left Harmony's place as early as I could get going and back tracked up the West side road on the...

Nelson to Motueka Valley 2017-02-20 40 Disc Trucker

I knew Harmony for a short time in the early 80's. We played music together back then so when I found out he was close to my route on the South Island I wanted to stop by and say hi. He gave me directions to his place. It may have not been the easiest route by bike, but it was scenic and a...

Pelorus Bridge to Nelson 2017-02-19 42 Disc Trucker

Leaving Pelorus Bridge I had a choice. The more direct route is a rugged 4 wheel drive road which is not recommended for loaded touring bikes. Instead I took the longer route on highway 6 through the Rai Valley and then over the Whangamoa Mountains. At first there wasn't much traffic, but it...

Picton to Pelorus Bridge 2017-02-18 37 Disc Trucker

By morning it had stopped raining and it was looking like a nice day. Jelle had made arrangements to go kayaking this day so I headed out Queen Charlotte Drive by myself. I wasn't sure if we'd meet again but we exchanged contact info so that we could.

Queen Charlotte Drive started...

Wellington to Picton 2017-02-17 8 Disc Trucker

It was raining when I woke so no choice but to pack the tent wet. Jelle joined me as I rode downtown in search for a bike show to replace the helmet that I lost on the way to Hamilton. Bike Barn had decent helmets. Then a stop at a cafe for second breakfast before heading to the ferry terminal...

Hamilton to Wellington 2017-02-16 15 Disc Trucker

WS host to train station. Train to Wellington. Train station to hostel.

It was a gray day, but not quite raining. Got to the train station in plenty of time. Got my bike loaded fine. The ride was scenic, and would have been more so on a sunny day. 

Collecting my bags after...

Paeroa to Hamilton 2017-02-15 44 Disc Trucker

Hauraki Rail Trail to Te Aroha, then highway with decent shoulder. Warm but not too hot. Headwind that continued to pickup during the day. 

I made my first costly mistake today. I lost my helmet. At some point I stopped for a break and took it off, and then somehow rode off again...

Stoney Bay to Little Bay 2017-02-11 16 Disc Trucker

Once again it was straight uphill from the campground. Tom caught up to me when I was on the first downhill. He was riding a Bike Friday. He said he was a New Zealand dealer for them. I lost Tom when the road turned upward once again.  Basically the same steep gravel riad climbing that I have...

Fantail Bay to Stoney Bay 2017-02-10 16 Disc Trucker

The day started out with a hard climb, maybe as a forewarning of things to come.The views of the gulf were spectacular however. After a few miles of climbing it was downhill to Port Jackson. There was a fancier campground there, but little else. As the road was nearing it's end there was...

Colville to Fantail Campground 2017-02-09 16 Disc Trucker

Mark and Nedilka dropped me off in Colville and they continued on to Little Bay. My plan was to ride for 3 days around the northern tip of the Coromandel Peninsula and meet them in Little Bay. The road does not go through, so day 2 would include 5 Km of hiking trail.

It was well into...

Hauraki Rail Trail: Paeroa - Waihi 2017-02-06 28 Disc Trucker

Out and back on a lovely rail-to-trail. Smooth gravel following the  Karangahake Gorge. Lots of people out mostly on mountain bikes. Part of the trail was not on the rail bed and offered some nice swoops and turns. The country was very interesting. Sometimes it looked like Oregon, other times...

Matarangi 2017-02-05 26 Disc Trucker

Another short ride after a morning of surfing. Another gorgeous day. Two more big hills. Bluff road turned to gravel but wasn't too steep. Then it was closed due to land slide, but I snuck through. Then down to the beach where we surfed yesterday and around to the beach where we surfed this...

Kuaotunu - Otama Beach 2017-02-03 18 Disc Trucker

First short ride in New Zealand. Up over a steep bluff on Blackjack road. Part gravel, part paved. Warm and sunny. Looking forward to more.

Monthly Commuting 2017-01-29 66 Soma Saga

And so goes January. Next stop New Zealand

Llewelyn 2017-01-28 30 Grando

Cold fog but a hardy group of riders showed up to wish me a Bon Voyage. Next week New Zealand. 

Philomath 2017-01-21 23 Grando

Rain, rain, and more rain. 3 people showed up for the ride, 1 went home, and 2 did a short ride in the rain.

Bellfountain Gravel Loop 2017-01-15 26 Grando

Start at Bellfountain Park south on gravel to Alpine road then west to Wilson road. 

Peoria Park 2017-01-14 30 Grando

Cold kept most of the Tenners away. 25 at the start, but bright and sunny. Slight north wind proved to be very cold  on the way back. Cold, cold ride.

Decker Road 2017-01-12 34 Disc Trucker

After a week or more of snow, ice, and freezing rain, we finally got a sunny cold day. Took 99W to Airport west to Peterson to Ervin and over the ridge to Decker road and Hwy 34 back to Philomath.

Town 2017-01-01 15 Disc Trucker

Actually on the 3rd but I'm testing to see if my log stats picks up the 1st. 

Albany 2016-12-31 31 Grando

Last ride of the year and a good one it was, both the ride and the year. Cold but not freezing. This ride puts me over 7100 miles for the year. Retirement has its perks. 

Dimple Hill 2016-12-30 21 Grando

Up Jackson Creek and down Oak Creek. I think this was the only gravel ride I've done this Fall/Winter. Nice day but cold north wind. My toes got cold. Also first serious climb since I hurt my knee in November. I did fine but I certainly can feel some pain in the knee. It does not seem to...

Around Town 2016-12-26 30 Soma Saga

Most of December.

Smith Loop 2016-12-24 35 Grando

Robert's birthday ride. Once again the rain did not materialize. Mostly sunny but cold.

Town loop 2016-12-23 16 Disc Trucker

I must decide soon which bike to take to NZ. Leaning towards the Trucker. 

Albany 2016-12-10 31 Soma Saga

Grando had a flat so I took the Saga. It felt like a tank. New Mondial tires are heavy. 

Around town 2016-12-08 18 Soma Saga

It got colder. 

Decker Road 2016-12-03 37 Grando

Another ride with no rain! Light fog was lifting to reveal sunshine, but it then clouded over. 23 people showed up to ride today. My knee is getting better. I had to ride in my easiest gear over Decker but it was not painful.

Around town 2016-11-30 30 Soma Saga

End of November. Much reduced mileage due to knee injury. 

Albany 2016-11-29 33 Grando

Sunny day! Rode the same loop as Saturday only clockwise and started out over Highland / Cresent Valley. Knee is getting better but still holding me back.

Albany 2016-11-26 29 Grando

Onve again the rain held off. I rode slow, but John Ro1 stayed back with me. 

Philomath 2016-11-24 20 Soma Saga

Heavy rain, light wind, not too cold. Thanksgiving day ride. First ride on new Mondial tires. 

Commuting around town 2016-11-20 30 Soma Saga

Knee injury has forced a drastic cutback in miles. The weather hasn't been that great either. 

Philomath 2016-11-17 21 Grando

Still recovering from knee injury. Keeping it short and slow. It stopped raining and the sun came out so I had to ride. Getting colder though.

Adair 2016-11-12 16 Grando

About 10 days ago I injured my knee while building an add-on to my patio. As I stood up I heard a loud "pop", then it started hurting the next day. This was my first ride since the injury and I'm glad I didn't try and go farther. The club ride was to the annual fall event in Peedee, which is a...

Thompson Mills 2016-11-02 42 Grando

No one showed up for the 9:00 ride so I continued into town and met the 9:30 ride at The Beanery. This group rides a little slower. Another dry, warm, gray day. The sun cme out in the afternoon after the ride.

Monthly Commuting 2016-10-31 134 Soma Saga

It was a very rainy October, possibly record setting, yet I got rained on very little when out riding. Really enjoying the Saga as my commuter. I put on my Arkel panniers and have kept them on all the time.

Albany Philomath 2016-10-29 52 Grando

We lucked out again and had a beautiful day with no rain and temps around 60. Short ride to Albany. Then Tracy and Rick joined me to Philomath. Fall colors at their peak right now. 

Jefferson 2016-10-26 54 Grando

Forecast was for rain all day. Headed out in full rain gear, but it was not raining. And it was warm, close to 60. Pretty soon the rain gear came off, and never went back on.  It was a really nice day. No rain, no wind, cloudy, and warm.

We took the Buena Vista ferry and Talbot road...

Decker Ridge 2016-10-22 37 Grando

Fog not rain. Lifted when we got southwest of town. 

Independence 2016-10-19 53 Grando

It's been raining for days but this morning was foggy. Forecast was for chance of rain, but it never really happened. Fog lifted and  the sun even peaked through the clouds a bit. We took a road I'd never been on from just north of Buena Vista down closer to the river near the Rogue Brewery,...

Philomath 2016-10-15 20 Grando

Forecast was for torrential rain and gale force winds, none of which happened. Light rain and little wind to Philomath. Wind increasing from the south as we rode back to Imagine. When we came out it was raining hard, but the wind was at our backs. Then the rain stopped. Not bad at all.

Albany - Buena Vista 2016-10-08 52 Grando

First to Albany via RIverside with Tenners. Back over Gibson Hill. Then solo to Buena Vista. Nice day.

Hiatt Farm Bakery 2016-10-01 33 Grando

First ride of fall. Cool, very windy, threatening rain. Rode into the wind heading out. Went to the farm store on Peterson road just of Llewellyn.

Town ad Garden 2016-09-30 21 Soma Saga

End of summer. No rain yet but it's coming. 

Curtin to Home 2016-09-25 72 Disc Trucker

Day 14 - Sunny and warm

Broke camp fairly early. I knew it would be a long day. It was still cool but it was shaoing up to be very nice. Turned out to be the warmest day of the tour. This being Sunday the cafe in Lorane was closed, but the store was open, so I stopped for second...

Myrtle Creek to Curtin 2016-09-24 68 Disc Trucker

Day 13 - Hills

The I-5 corridor through this part of Oregon cuts through some narrow canyons and around a lot of hills. There is no easy side road that follows it directly. The first big challenge was Roberts Mountain Road. It wasn't really a mountain, just one of those big oak knolls,...

Trail/Tiller Hwy to Myrtle Creek 2016-09-23 58 Disc Trucker

Day 12 - Rain

There was still quite a bit of climbing to reach the top of the divide, which was also the start of Douglas County. What a stark contrast. On the Jackson County side it was mostly residences with no visible signs of logging. As soon as I hit Douglas County I was in a big...

Ashland to Trail/Tiller Hwy. 2016-09-22 50 Disc Trucker

Day 11 - Heading north

I took my time getting out of town. I stopped at the Co-op for second breakfast, even though I hadn't done any riding since first breakfast, and ran into the Thursday moring retired guys breakfast. So I got to see Ed and Larry, which was really nice. So I had...

Rocky Point to Ashland 2016-09-19 50 Disc Trucker

Day 8 - Back to familiar territory

Got an early start. Very beautiful morning at Rocky Point. Its a great spot to see the sunrise over the lake and reeds. Took the side road along the lake front out to highway 140. 140 had a really wide shoulder, then no shoulder, then an adequate...

Mazama CG to Rocky Point 2016-09-18 36 Disc Trucker

Day 7 - Downhills and headwinds

Once again Lorri rode with me while Charlie drove ahead with the dogs. We were treated to a great downhill on Hwy. 62 after leaving the park. It went on and on until it eventually reached the flat lands a few miles from Fort Klamath. This was familiar...

Crater Rim 2016-09-17 42 Disc Trucker

Awesome. Thousands of riders. Supported rest stops with water, Cliff Bars and fruit. A bit windy and cool but still beautiful.

Paul and John met us at the parking lot as planned. It was a bit cold to start but we knew we'd be climbing right away. Many riders were doing the ride in the...

Diamond Lake to Mazama CG 2016-09-16 28 Disc Trucker

Day 5 - Over the Rim.

Today I had a riding buddy. Lorri rode with me while Charlie drove the car, took care of the dogs, and got our campsite. We wandered around the Diamond Lake campgrounds a bit trying to find a bike path but soon got back on track. It was a few miles on highway 140...

Apple Creek to Diamond Lake 2016-09-15 42 Disc Trucker

Day 4 - Lots more climbing

Another beautiful morning. Nothing but sunshine so far. I'd driven the North Umpqua highway before so I sort of knew what to expect. There is a great mountain bike trail that follows the river, with trail access every 10 miles or so. I knew it was a real...

Sharps Creek to Apple Creek 2016-09-14 36 Disc Trucker

Day 3 - Over the divide.

Another beautiful morning. Today I would cross over from the Row River valley, which is in the Willamette drainage, to the North Umpqua. The road was still as wide as a highway with a good shoulder and zero traffic. The first few miles were easy and I started...

Crow to Sharps Creek 2016-09-13 46 Disc Trucker

Day 2 - Free beer

Woke up and got going at a reasonable hour. Days are not long as they were in mid summer, but I knew I'd have plenty of daylight to get in the distance I needed. Had a little breakfast but no tea and hoped I'd find a cafe in Lorane for a good second breakfast. I was...

Home to Crow 2016-09-12 56 Disc Trucker

Day one. Tailwinds. 

My first stop was the garden first to water and get some veggies for the trip. Green pepper, tomatoes, and kale will all survive several days in my panniers. I decided to take 99 instead of Bellfountain to avoid the hills, then from Monroe I took Territorial....

Tangent 2016-09-10 26 Soma Saga

Joined the Tenners for a short ride before turning back so that I could get to the "Water is Life" event on the river front. Warm morning, hot afternoon. 

Blodget Loop 2016-09-09 42 Grando

Started and ended in Blodgett. Summit -> Hoskins road -> Alexander road -> Kings Valley road -> Harris road -> Tum Tum road -> Blodgett. Beautiful day, mid 70's. I was running on low energy. 

Garden / Town 2016-09-08 47 Soma Saga

Still doing all my running around on the Saga.

Garden / Town 2016-08-30 71 Soma Saga

Several weeks trips to the garden, shopping, January on the Piccalo, and into town.

Independence 2016-08-27 58 Grando

Showed up at 9 but no one there. Started to ride solo but then circled back and went with the tenner. Most of the group split of early and I stayed with Rann and Doreen on their tandem, and Tom. Fast paced ride, but not as bad as the Wednesday group. A little wind. Not too hot.

Jefferson 2016-08-24 63 Grando

Via Dever-Conner. Back over Scrael Hill. Bet fast paced ride   

Beachside to Newport 2016-08-20 33 Soma Saga

Managed to sleep past 9. Must have been dehydrated because I didn't have to get up and pee. Cool but sunny in the morning. Really like this spot by the path. Had my tea on the beach. Then walked and played my Shakuhachi. Had a leisurely breakfast then started riding north. The fog was drifting...

Beachside SP 2016-08-19 74 Soma Saga

Forecast was for 105 at home so I rode to the beach. Man said it was already 100 when I got to Alsea but it didn't feel that hot. None the less it was a hot ride until about 10 miles from the coast when I started feeling a cool headwind. It was 66 when I got to Waldport and cooled off even...

Garden Town 2016-08-18 36 Soma Saga

Several rides. Getting very hot again. 

Brownsville 2016-08-17 58 Grando

Got out early enough for the Wednesday club ride. Fast pace. Long hilly way to Brownsville. Normal route back with headwinds. 

Decker Road 2016-08-16 42 Grando

Out 99 to Airport. Nice morning ride before it got too hot. 

Garden Town 2016-08-12 46 Soma Saga

Over several days. One ride with January on the Piccalo.

Dimple Hill 2016-08-11 20 Disc Trucker

Night ride through McDonald Forest to Dimple Hill. Slept out watching the meteor shower. Back down Oak Creek in the morning to the garden and then home.

Discovered that dynamo powered lights don't really cut it when climbing at night. They dim down quite a bit when riding below 5mph....

Bunea Vista 2016-08-10 40 Grando

Another beautiful summer morning. Wind was picking up out of the north, so that's the way I went. Extra loop out Oak Grove. Home via 99/Arboretum.

Harris road 2016-08-07 23 Grando

Cool cloudy misty morning. A nice change. Mellow ride. 

Garden and town 2016-08-06 22 Soma Saga

A couple of trips. 

Philomath 2016-08-04 24 Grando

First ride post cataract surgery. Beautiful morning. 

Garden 2016-07-24 15 Soma Saga

Plus some extra running around.

CBT 2016-07-22 123 Grando

Rode from home aiming for 200k. Fell short by 2k. 

Garden 2016-07-21 40 Soma Saga

3 days. With trailer one day. 

Majawood to home 2016-07-18 22 Disc Trucker

Actually stayed with Trust and Modesty in Miunt Vernon Sundy night. Made it much easier to get to the train station in the morning. 

Granite Falls to Majawood 2016-07-15 40 Disc Trucker

Bill and Lisa's place is actually south of Granite Falls near Lake Bosworth. 

Jordan road from GF to Arlington. Centennial Trail for a few miles, then 9 and some back roads. 

Seattle to Granite Falls 2016-07-13 50 Disc Trucker

Got a fairly early start. It wasn't quite as cold this morning as it has been. BG trail to Bothell then roads to Snohomish, then the Centennial Trail for 5 miles, and then back on roads. 

Lots of hills at the end, especially a really steep hill up to Bill and Lisa's house. 

Vashon Island 2016-07-12 28 Disc Trucker

Got a late start but we drove to the ferry terminal. Very hilly, especially as soon as we started riding. Very scenic as well. We did the shorter route which was fine with me. Even though Lorri was on her MTB I still had to work really hard to keep up with her. 

Around Seattle 2016-07-11 34 Disc Trucker

Over 2 days. First day to REI and then Peloton bike shop and cafe. Day 2 to Discovery Park, back, and then to Lorri and Charlie's.

Around Seattle 2016-07-09 24 Disc Trucker

Went into town to see John Strayer playing. Then went to Free Range Cycles in Freemont, and then Performance Bike in U district. Got turned around a few times, but never lost.

Tabitha's to Phil and Eve's 2016-07-08 32 Disc Trucker

Mostly on the Burke-Gillman trail. It was dark when I got back but with all the street light you wouldn't know it.

Roaring Creek CG to Sealttle 2016-07-06 75 Disc Trucker

It was cold in the mountains so I kept on riding.

Got up early but was in no hurry to get going. Seemed like it would be a nicer day. Nothing much exciting from where I camped to the tunnel. The headwind was gone so it was very easy riding. There were some signs for the train stops...

So. Cle Elum to Roaring Creek CG 2016-07-05 30 Disc Trucker

Short ride. Cold and gray. Followed the Yakima a little more and then finally left it behind. Camped by a big reservoir. The freeway is on the other side but the camp is in the woods so I can't here it. Light rain. Should be nicer tomorrow. 

Near Thorpe to South Cle Elum 2016-07-03 18 Disc Trucker

Second day on the Iron Horse Trail.

The wind blew hard all night long and kept right on blowing in the morning. I was in no hurry but still got going fairly early. With the fierce wind in my face I could only manage 6 mph. Waited until I reached a picknick table to make my tea. There...

Union Gap to near Thorpe 2016-07-02 57 Disc Trucker

The Yakima Greenway Trail, Yakima Canyon and the Iron Horse John Wayne Trail.

The start of the Greenway Trail was very close to the motel I stayed at in Union Gap. There was a detour right at the beginning but it was probably even nicer than the main route. The Yakima River is wide...

Goldendale to Union Gap 2016-07-01 80 Disc Trucker

Truckin through the Yakima Indian Nation.

Google maps directed me to take some logging roads to get back to 97. Tobiah doubted it at first but then thought it could work. I headed out nice and early and things were looking good for the first 2 miles. Then things changed. The nice fine...

Goldendale 2016-06-30 12 Disc Trucker

Into town from Tobiah and Adar's place. 

Roosevelt Park to Goldendale 2016-06-28 35 Disc Trucker

Started later than I would have liked and then when I got up to the Mini Mart I had to wait another hour for them to open. I didn't dare to go on without extra water, ice tea, and gatoraide. Turned off the highway at Sundale and things were looking good. It was steep but there was shade from...

Hermiston to Roosevelt Park 2016-06-27 62 Disc Trucker

Left the security and camaraderie of the bike club and headed off solo. Robert dropped me off in Hermiston where I got a motel room. Did laundry and got organized. Started riding at 5:30 this morning to beat the heat. It worked out well as I got to the store in Roosevelt by noon.

From...

Cove Warm Springs to La Grande 2016-06-26 18 Disc Trucker

End of Loop Tour 2016. Lovely warm morning.

The final day is always short and somewhat anticlimactic. A few miles out of Cove we hit the road to Union and were and on the road we started on. The tour planners mixed it up though and we followed an alternate route on into La Grande,...

Wallowa Wayside to Cove Warm Springs 2016-06-25 38 Disc Trucker

Nice climb early. Then rolling into Elgin. Took the alt route with 10 miles of gravel.

From the wayside it was downhill to MInam, which had a kind of resort. I stopped at the little store there and was happy they had my favorite ice tea. This was at the confluence of the Wallowa and...

Wallowa Lake to Wallowa Wayside 2016-06-24 46 Disc Trucker

Downhill into the wind. As the day wore on the slope got less and the wind got stronger.

The highlight of the day was the Homeland Project of the Nez Perce Wallowa Band. http://www.wallowanezperce.org/ . They have an office and display in...

Around Joseph 2016-06-23 24 Disc Trucker

Layover day. Rode around taking pictures as the ones I took yesterday were all foggy due to a dirty lens. It was cloudy and cooler today which was very nice.

First stop was the gravesite of Old Chief Joesph which is on a nice hill overlooking the lake. The sign says he was moved here...

Ollokot CG to Wallowa Lake SP 2016-06-22 42 Disc Trucker

Two summits, and then a steep "bump" at the bottom.

Another perfect day weather wise. From Ollokot CG there was a short downhill section on rough pavement before we started climbing again. Then it was a long climb to one summit, some fast downhill, and the another long climb. The...

Halfway to Ollokot CG 2016-06-21 42 Disc Trucker

An absolutely gorgeous ride. One long summit, but never too steep, through beautiful woods along North Pine Creek. Camped along side the Imnaha River.

The ride started with about 10 miles of downhill through some very scenic country along Pine Creek as it made it's way to the Snake....

Baker City to Halfway 2016-06-20 56 Disc Trucker

I did this ride 6 years ago but did not remember all of it. Leaving Baker we climbed through some scrubby hills before a long decent down Eagle Creek, only it wasn't all down hill. It just kept carving a canyon through the barren hills. Eventually we got to Richland which is well watered and...

Catherine Creek SP to Baker City 2016-06-19 38 Disc Trucker

Day 2. The 5.5 mile climb up Catherine Creek was gorgeous. Nice forest of pine and fir. Then after a short downhill came a series of long rollers, as the treebs gave way to sage brush and grassland. We stopped at an old run down oasis in Medicinal Springs. Just as as was about to leave I...

La Grande to Catherine Creek SP 2016-06-18 30 Disc Trucker

Day 1. Rainy cold day. We had a nice tailwind heading out. I was riding with Robert and Dan B, although they were usually a ways out front. We made a nice loop of the valley to Union. It was starting to rain harder so we ducked into Gravy Daves. We filled the place up and spent a couple of...

3 trips to town 2016-06-16 30 Disc Trucker

Leaving for loop tour tomorrow.

Strawberry Century 2016-06-11 100 Grando

Perfect weather. Cool and cloudy most of the day, but warm and sunny at the end. Almost all new route. I did the 'epic' option which is the same mileage but includes a climb up Mark's Ridge. 

I started out with a couple on a tandem and one other guy. They are Randonneurs and did PBP...

Weekly Commute 2016-06-09 40 Soma Saga

Around town and to the garden a few times. Cooler after a really hot weekend. 

Blackberry CG to Corvallis 2016-06-05 52 Disc Trucker

We took 34 the whole way. Hot. I got a flat. It got hotter. We had lunch at Deb's Cafe. It got hotter. We cooked. Stopped 4 times on the big climb in the shade to cool down. Made it home beat. 

Beachside SP to Blackberry CG 2016-06-04 44 Disc Trucker

The morning was gorgeous. Slight fog hanging in over the coast with warm sunshine already streaming through. The approach to Cape Perpetua was so beautiful I had to shout out for joy. 

At the base of the climb we ran into the three young women from Vancouver we met yesterday. The...

Moonshine Park to Beachside SP 2016-06-03 52 Disc Trucker

Heavy dew made for a slow start while we dried the tents in the sun. Lovely ride to Newport. Almost hot. Lunch on the bay front. Then Eileen and John parted to catch the bus home while Dan and I continued. 

Met a couple from Canada that were riding to San Diego, then 3 young women...

Corvallis to Moonshine Park 2016-06-02 44 Disc Trucker

On the ride out we were joined by a bunch of riders from Sacramento. They were doing a week long supported tour. I helped them plan the route to the coast. They continued on to Newport while we camped at Moonshine Park. 

Misty drippy stuff all day until we got to the park when the sun...

LBCC 2016-06-01 34 Soma Saga

Warm day. Forgot riding clothes and had to ride home in jeans. 

Alsea Falls 2016-05-30 74 Grando

Can't get the men to do the hard rides, but the women are always game. Perfect day. Sunny and warm but not hot. Lots of people at the falls this being Memorial Day weekend. 

Returned via Alsea and Hwy. 34. This is the second ride I've done with Wendy, who rides at my pace as long as I...

Harrisburg 2016-05-28 68 Grando

Finally a nice day. Lovely day sunny, low 70's and light winds. Went with the Tenners out Bellfountain to Muddy Creek school where the main group headed back over Decker. We continued on to Monroe, Harrisburg and back Peoria. Fast pace but we stopped a lot. 

Garden Town 2016-05-27 22 Soma Saga

Maybe starting to clear up and warm up. 

LBCC 2016-05-25 35 Soma Saga

Out to the garden after. Cool and grey but dry. 

McDonald Forest 2016-05-24 26 Disc Trucker

Loaded up the Trucker for a test ride. First into town, then bike path to Bald Hill. Up Bald Hill trail to just before the steep part. Then up Oak Creek to the easy trail. Then some forest road. I tought I was on 600 but it was some other road. Nice dirt and fir needle base. Back down 600 to...

LBCC 2016-05-23 38 Soma Saga

Plus a ride with January to the Spring Roll yesterday, and to the MVBC meeting tonight. Cool and misty today. Some wind too. Plus my rerar brake pads were rubbing. I was working way too hard!

Shedd 2016-05-21 45 Disc Trucker

Cool and windy. Rode the Trucker with new Compass tires. Smooth.

Ervin Road 2016-05-20 42 Grando

First commuter breakfast on Bije to work day. The south town with Dave Miller. Then Airport 7 miles to the end, back to Peterson, Ervin, Decker and 34 into Philomath.  Then garden, town, and home. 

Garden 2016-05-19 12 Soma Saga

First to school with January on her bike. Then garden, then back home with January.

LBCC 2016-05-18 30 Soma Saga

Nicer day. 

Garden 2016-05-17 12 Soma Saga

Nice day to work in the garden. Hauled the trailer with the Saga. Did well.

LBCC 2016-05-16 28 Soma Saga

Cool and grey, but dry. Shortest possible route today.

Rolling Feast 2016-05-14 32 Grando

A wet one. Nice route, good food, and good people, but very wet. 

Mary's Peak 2016-05-13 63 Grando

Perfect day for it. Sunny but not too hot. Having done McKenzie Pass last week I wanted to see how they compare. I can say that Mary's Peak is much harder. It's just steeper.

Decided that cantilever brakes are just not good enough for the steep descents. I foresee more disc brakes in...

LBCC 2016-05-11 32 Soma Saga

Another sunny day. Home via Tangent, Oakvilke, Church, Peoria. 

Garden 2016-05-10 12 Soma Saga

Another warm day. 

LBCC 2016-05-09 38 Soma Saga

Long way home through Albany and Springhill. Lovely day sunny but cool with little wind. 

McKenzie Pass 2016-05-07 44 Grando

Did a car swap. Mellissa, Beth, and Betty took my car and Tracy's car and started in Sisters. We took Beth's car and started at the McKenzie River Ranger Station. We met and swapped keys near the top. So we all got to ride one way the whole way. 

Great day and great ride....

Decker Ridge 2016-05-06 47 Grando

Warm day. Ride turned out longer than expected as I went to the garden, then had to get slug bait and go back to the garden.

LBCC 2016-05-04 30 Soma Saga

Cooler with light drizzle but no real rain. 

Bald Hill - Garden 2016-05-03 20 Disc Trucker

Had to push part of the steep stuff. Just didn't have it in me. Nice day but getting cooler.

I stopped at the bike shop to talk to Mike about getting a dynamo hub for the Trucker. Pretty sure I will be riding it on this summer's touring. I want to do more off road riding.

LBCC 2016-05-02 30 Soma Saga

Nice day. Took it slow. 

McMinnville Loop 2016-05-01 34 Grando

Nice loop south and west out of McMinnville. 

Garden 2016-05-01 12 Grando

Late afternoon trip just to water. 

Peoria 2016-04-30 27 Grando

Nice club ride. I turned off early to get home to drive up to McMinnville. Stout north wind. Fun going out but not back. 

Garden 2016-04-29 12 Disc Trucker

Got rained on. New rain jacket works well. Like the hood. 

Garden 2016-04-21 15 Disc Trucker

And trip to town. 

LBCC 2016-04-20 30 Soma Saga

Still warm but returning to normal later in the week. Nice ride. 

LBCC 2016-04-19 36 Soma Saga

To LBCC then around town and to garden. Another hot day, way too hot for April.

Around Newport 2016-04-16 15 Disc Trucker

Wasn't able to shake this cold so decided to cut the ride short. Hung out in Newport, had lunch, and took the Coast Express home. What a deal $7 and about an hour and a half.

Newport 2016-04-15 71 Disc Trucker

Via Logsdon. Cool day, but not cold, not windy, and not rainy. Long ride. 

It was 40 to Logsdon. Moonshine park was another 4. It was only 2:00 so I kept going. Next time I will camp at Moonshine and not push a 70 mile day. 

Coming in on Yaquina Bay Drive was lovely as usual...

Decker Road 2016-04-09 38 Grando

Saturday club ride. Out 34 and over Decker. Colder today, more seasonable for April, but still very nice.

Garden 2016-04-08 12 Disc Trucker

Hauled the trailer with two heavy bags of grass clippings.

Kaiser 2016-04-07 95 Grando

My annual birthday ride. I only needed 68 miles so I overshot by a bit. Went to REI in Kaiser. Mostly followed the WVSB. Sunny and hot. 84 when I got there. No wind to speak of.

Valsetz 2016-04-02 34 Grando

Finally got Nelson to guide me to the historic site that used top be the logging company town of Valsetz. Another perfect day, sunny and warm with no wind to speak of.

We drove up the Lukiamute to the start of Wildwood road....

Kings Valley 2016-04-01 65 Grando

First over Cardwell Hill. Then out Harris road to Blodgett. Back on hwy 20 to Wren. Then out past Kings Valley to Maple Grove. Then Airlee to Berry Creek, Tampico, and home on 99. Beautiful day, just couldn't stop riding.

Garden 2016-03-31 12 Disc Trucker

Glorious day. Hauled two bags of grass clippings in the trailer to the garden. 

LBCC 2016-03-30 35 Soma Saga

Spring is here! Sunny and warm. Took 34 out. Noisy but uneventful. Came back on Tangent. Went out to the garden,

Helmick Park 2016-03-29 45 Grando

First up Jackson Creek to Lewisburg Saddle, then Soap Creek and Berry Creek, which is now paved. Then Airlee to Helmick. Wanted to do more, but didn't have it. Beautiful sunny day. Cold to start but warmed up nicely. Nice tailwind heading home.

Albany 2016-03-26 30 Grando

Just 4 of us for Roberts last day as ride captain. The rain stopped before we started and it was pretty nice. 

LBCC 2016-03-24 31 Grando

Scouting a route to LBCC where I am teaching Mon and Wed spring term. Took Tangent to 99E. Not bad. 

Shedd 2016-03-23 40 Grando

Caught the Wednesday 9:00 ride, which was well attended due to spring break. Cold, windy, but no rain until I was almost home. It was hard keeping up with the brisk pace at times. 

Philomath 2016-03-22 23 Grando

Showers. Enough to get wet but it eventually it stopped and I dried off. 

Oak Creek - Jackson Creek 2016-03-21 20 Grando

First ride home post Florida. I was planning on a ride through town, but it started raining and I figured it would be nicer in the woods. It was. Got pretty wet though.

Markham Park 2016-03-15 20 Soma Saga

The bike path along the canal paralleling US-84 ends at Markham park. Beyond that is the Everglades. There were lots of road bikes doing laps around the park. The pictures are from the dike on the edge of the Everglades.

Around Plantation 2016-03-14 14 Soma Saga

Sue's friend Laurie and her husband Brian are avid cyclists. They are down visiting from Pittsburg. We took a little spin through the neighborhood.

Juno Beach to Plantation 2016-03-12 71 Soma Saga

Day 23 - I can smell the barn

Didn't sleep much last night in anticipation of finishing the tour. I had another great stealth site on a birding trail. A covered platform with benches. So for the second time this trip I was under cover when it rained overnight. 

Got out...

Fort Pierce to Juno Beach 2016-03-11 50 Soma Saga

Day 22 - Just keep riding. 

Slow but steady. The wind continues. Yesterday I was managing 9 mph, today that dropped to 8, and even slower at times. Had a bit of a headache too. Stopped a lot but never for very long. Really a very enjoyable ride. 

I started look for a place to...

Melbourne to Fort Pierce 2016-03-10 66 Soma Saga

Day 21 - Unending wind

Got up before light hoping to beat the wind, but it hadn't let up overnight at all. So today was all head down, gear down, and just keep pedaling. One nice thing about riding into the wind is that it keeps you cool. I knew I had a lot of miles to cover to reach...

Titusville to Melbourne 2016-03-09 34 Soma Saga

Day 20 - Meetups and more wind. 

Had a great stay with Rich and got out at a reasonable time. Got off the highway on Indian River Road to Cocoa, and then Riverside after. Very nice ride right along the water, but the wind was picking up. 

I first met Donna who has been riding...

New Smyrna Beach to Titusville 2016-03-08 42 Soma Saga

Day 19 - Wind and Wildlife

Got out fairly early as my hosts are early risers. Harry headed out on a bike ride and Debbie was teaching a yoga class. I stopped for a second breakfast and an early break at a very nice fishing park in the town of Egewater.

I was really tired...

St. Augustine to New Smyrna Beach 2016-03-07 74 Soma Saga

Day 18 - Motorcycles and more headwinds. 

After roaring out of the north for the past week, the wind did a switcheroo just as I did and cotinued to blow in my face as I rode south. Lots and lots of motorcycles on the road today. Really glad my hearing aids can block a good portion of...

Rest days in St. Augustine 2016-03-05 0 Soma Saga

Spent one day with Kalima. We went to the Vilano Beach, which was cold and windy, and then the movies. Crazy traffic in St. Augustine.

Spent the next day with Rob. I first met Rob on the road as I was getting to Key West and he was leaving heading north. Found out on Facebook that he...

Flagler Beach to St. Augustine 2016-03-04 39 Soma Saga

Day 15 - Stage 2 complete after 674 miles. 

It rained overnight but my bike and stuff were all under a shelter and my tent did fine. Sunny, bright, and windy in the morning, enough to dry the rain fly. Didn't hurry as it would be a shorter day. Headed out into a howling headwind, and...

Pierson to Flagler Beach 2016-03-03 50 Soma Saga

Day 14 - Back to the beach. 

More quiet roads, all the way to US-1. Cloudy day, which was much appreciated. 

Packed up quickly to leave my stealth site. Ate a little but did not make tea. Must have been 7 or 8 miles until I came to a convenience store and got some tea. 

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Mount Dora to Piney Woods near Pierson 2016-03-02 52 Soma Saga

Day 13 - More quiet roads, less tourists, and the last big hill. 

Had a very nice stay with Warm Showers hosts Mike and Lucia. They are gearing up to do the TransAm this summer so lots to talk about  I hope to see them again in Oregon.

That hill came not far from today's...

Lake Louisa SP to Mount Dora 2016-03-01 66 Soma Saga

Day 12 - Bike paths, quiet country roads, and real hills.

Today's ride was the highlight of the trip so far. Beautify lakes, lush vegetation, quiet roads, nice towns, and a welcoming warm showers host at the end.

Lake Lousia State Park was very nice as far as parks go. Lots...

Lake Wales to Lake Louisa SP 2016-02-29 61 Soma Saga

Day 11 - No shoulders and lots of traffic. 

Really the most interesting thing today were the street names in a community called Timberlane. Names like Stumpknocker, Panfish, Snapping Turtle, and Shellcracker. 

After that and the nice places along the lake there was not much...

Brandon to Lake Wales 2016-02-28 50 Soma Saga

Day 10 - Highway, a lake, and hills!

Day 9 was a layover with Tom in Tampa. After a relaxing day yesterday Tom drove me out of Tampa to the outskirts of Brandon where I started riding. I would follow state road 60 straight east to get back on the ACA route  

The first order...

Deep Creek Preserve to Wauchula 2016-02-26 45 Soma Saga

Day 8 - Orange groves

As I was leaving my camping spot in the morning I looked back at the sign and saw a tent symbol on it  it was a legal campground! I thought I was stealth camping.

Finally got away from the busy traffic and on to some quiet roads. Pulled off the road at...

Fort Myers Beach to Port Charlotte 2016-02-25 55 Soma Saga

Day 7. Headwinds and no shoulders. 

It was much farther from Fort Myers Beach to Fort Myers than I thought and I got off route. My route may have been a little shorter but if followed a busy road. The head winds were brutal all day. Really wore me down. It was much cooler today and I...

Around Key West 2016-02-24 25 Soma Saga

Arrived in Key West early and did a loop of the town before checking in to the hostel. There is about two miles of really nice beach. 

Hundreds of bicycles on the roads. You can rent one just about everywhere. Everything from rusty old beach cruisers to new fat bikes and Electra...

Big Pine to Key West 2016-02-23 34 Soma Saga

Day Five. Took it nice and slow. No hurry. It rained overnight but cleared by morning. Huge puddles though. 

About half highway and half path today. Some gorgeous paths through Sugarloaf Key, but in typical Florida fashion they would abruptly end. About 10 miles from Key West there...

Long Key State Park to Big Pine 2016-02-22 40 Soma Saga

Day 4 - Destination unkonwn. Tried to find a campground but they were either full or too expensive. Tried to find a place to wild camp but did not want to try camping in the Key Deer wildlife refuge. Ended up at the Big Pine motel. At least there is wifi.

Another perfect day for...

Homestead to Long Pine State Park 2016-02-21 69 Soma Saga

Day 3, another long one. I am now officially in the Keys. 

Got up at what I thought was first light but it wasn't really that early. Took my time getting going. It was hard to leave Paradise Farm. I doubt I'll find anything near as lovely on this trip. Glad to have connected with...

North Miami to Homestead 2016-02-20 64 Soma Saga

Day 2.  Misques, rough roads, and wind. 

Got out super early. Decided to follow the ACA route which meant heading over to the beach. The Lehman causeway had a nice bike lane. A1A was a combination of bike lanes, sharrows, and competing with the traffic. Not bad at all. Things were...

Plantation to North Miami 2016-02-19 24 Soma Saga

Sue's house to Laurie's house (my sisters). The tour has begun. Perfect temperature but very windy. I was riding into the wind for about half of the ride. Such is Florida I guess. Hope I get some tailwinds.

Linear Trail 2016-02-18 22 Soma Saga

First ride in Florida. Testing the bike after reassembly and scouting the route out of here. Perfect temperature but a little windy. Mostly north wind which will be great if it continues. 

Albany 2016-02-13 40 Grando

Rain held off but not the wind. Reverse loop out Tangent, Seven Mile, Periwinkle creek. Back over Gibson Hill, Oak Grove. Tomorrow a plane ride to Florida.

Town 2016-02-12 10 Grando

Just wandering around after the rain stopped. Still warm and spring like. 

Garden and town 2016-02-10 20 Disc Trucker

Two rides actually.

Pettibone 2016-02-08 25 Grando

Back on 20 and through town. Sunny and 60 degrees. Spring!

Monmouth 2016-02-06 59 Grando

Dry but cool. No wind though. Fast pace. Good training but wore me out. 

Decker Road 2016-02-03 33 Soma Saga

Not over Decker, just too it. Took the Saga out for a spin before packing it up to ship to Fla. 

Philomath 2016-02-01 24 Soma Saga

Put the Brooks B-17 back on. Not sure about touring with the Selle Anatomica. I've done 2  tours on the B-17 and it was fine. 

Shopping 2016-01-31 10 Soma Saga

Loaded up with groceries. Much more weight than when touring. Felt fine. 

Shedd 2016-01-30 40 Grando

Cooler. Threatening rain but it held off to Sheed into the wind. Back on Driver. Sun was coming out and wind at our backs. Very nice until Tangent when we could see very dark clouds over Corvallis. Made it to 34 when it opened up and hailed on us. Hail rain and cold, but thankfully we didn't...

Pettibone 2016-01-29 16 Grando

Snuck out between rain storms. Still got rained on. Windy too. 

Philomath 2016-01-28 34 Grando

Another nice day. Just kept getting sunnier. Wind out of the west but not bad. Took a side trip up Oak Creek. Out Fern to Airport and back Bellfountain.

Around town 2016-01-26 25 Soma Saga

A couple of trips into town. Still warm and not too rainy. 

Albany 2016-01-23 40 Grando

Rain held off almost all the way. Albany via Metge. Back out Periwinkle Creek to Grand Prairie to Seven Mile. There is a bike path for several miles along Preiwinkle Creek. It was partly sunny on the way back but we could see dark clouds over Corvallis. Sure enough as we approached on Tangent...

Thompson Mill 2016-01-22 55 Grando

Beautiful day. Upper 50's. A lot of meandering on the maze of farm roads between Peoria and Shedd. Longest ride of the year so far.

Headed out Peoria Road to Tangent and Oakville following the usual route but then took Kendall Loop. It's gravel for about a mile. It was fresh large...

Garden 2016-01-21 14 Soma Saga

Rain held off and temps in mid 50's

Finley Wildlife Refuge 2016-01-20 42 Grando

Out Fern Road. Was going to go to Bellfountain but it started to rain so I headed back.

Lewisburg Saddle 2016-01-18 28 Grando

Up Jackson Creek. Then down Granger to Hwy 20 and in to town. Also short ride with January on the Piccalo. Also down to Osborn for MVBC meeting.

Peoria 2016-01-16 32 Grando

Rain, heavy rain. Wind, strong wind. But not cold. 

Beaver Creek 2016-01-15 48 Grando

Hwy. 20 into town. River path through Willamette park. Airport road to Peterson. Up Beaver Creek 2.3 miles when it got too steep for my current condition. Back Belfountain. No rain! Cold south wind but not  too strong. Good ride. 

Albany 2016-01-13 42 Grando

Via Springhill, back Riverside. 6 miles from yesterday around town. Rain stopped and forecast said it would hold off until afternoon. It didn't. Got pretty wet. It was warm however, almost 50.

Philomath 2016-01-11 30 Grando

Rainy ride. A bit warmer though so not too bad. Some extra miles from a couple of days ago.

Decker Road 2016-01-09 36 Grando

It didn't rain, it warmed up a bit, and the sun even poked through a few times. Out Fern road to Peterson and over Decker to 34. I felt much better today and was able to stay at the front and go the distance. Now for some longer rides.

Oh, and the clunker tires I put on were not so...

Airport Road 2016-01-06 34 Grando

Philomath - Fern Road - Airport. Stopped at south Co-op. Then bike path back out to 53. I got some cheap heavy duty tires. Continental Tour. Makes the bike feel like a tank but shouln't get any flats and I can save my good tires for when the roads are clean again.

Town 2016-01-05 16 Grando

Just a short ride into town. Things have thawed with temps around 34, so still cold.

Bellfountain Road 2016-01-02 28 Grando

With the tenners to Llewellyn and then solo over to Fern and back through Philomath. About 28 at the start but no wind and sunny. Stayed warm enough to enjoy the ride. Hit a wall at 20 miles. This will be a long road back to get in shape again.

Philomath 2016-01-01 38 Grando

First out Peddibone with the bike club. I fell behind on the hills and then got a flat. My feet were getting cold as well. It was right around freezing, clear with a stiff north wind. I was able to pump up the tire and made it home. Had some tea, warmed up and fixed the tire. Actually the rear...

Peddibone 2015-12-28 22 Grando

Crescent Valley - Lewsiburg - Granger - Peddibone - Hwy. 20 back to town. A few hills to test my recovery. Definately lost fitness.

Adair 2015-12-26 22 Grando

Went with the short ride. Cafe closed at Adair so came back to MoC Corvallis. Then solo for a few extra miles.

Post Op ride 2 2015-12-25 14 Grando

The sun was actually shining a bit. Still riding very slow. No issues though.

Post Op recovery 2015-12-22 30 Grando

Several short rides starting 5 weeks after hernia surgery. Flood waters are receding but more rain on its way. 

Philomath 2015-11-09 22 Grando

My dream of 6,000 miles for the year has been dashed by a hernia. I'm able to do short easy rides but not much more. Will find out about surgery tomorrow.

First ride on my new Rivet saddle. This one will need breaking in the same as a Brooks. The fit is great, just needs to develop...

Jackson Creek Dan's Trail 2015-10-31 7 Disc Trucker

Nursing a hernia. Probably pushed it a little too much. 

Monthly Commute 2015-10-30 160 Soma Saga

Another month riding around on the Saga. Got an upgrade this month when Mike gave me a set of VO hammered fenders. Shiny. I got the hardware from VO, spent half a day installing them, and now it's a whole new bike!

Mostly dry month. Today I got out for a nice rainy ride. Fun, but it's...

Short loop north 2015-10-28 20 Grando

Nursing a hernia, testing my limits. 

Woods Creek Road 2015-10-17 47 Grando

Practice ride for a ride to the coast next weekend. Tracy needed to test out her new 1.5 inch tires on her touring bike. I needed to see if Grando is up for the trip. Rain in the morning but it stopped before we got out and we did not get rained on at all. Cloudy and cool, perfect for a hard...

Calloway Creek Trail 2015-10-16 19 Grando

I was walking the dog north of Peavy Arboretum the other day and noticed that the trails will be closed to bikes after Oct. 31 so I went over to ride them today. Intensive Management Trail and Calloway Creek Trail crisscross for several miles on the way up to Cronemiller Lake. It was cloudy...

Ankeny Wildlife Refuge 2015-10-13 75 Grando

Beuena Vista ferry. Back through Jefferson and Crabtree.

Another gorgeus autumn day. Temps in the 70's, lite wind. Did a loop aroud the refuge on Buena Vista Road, Ankeny Hill Road, Wintel Road, and Jorgonson Road. Then Talbot on in to Jefferson. Did not see much in the way of...

Albany 2015-10-10 30 Grando

Windy

Eugene 2015-10-06 108 Grando

Got a late start. Ran into a headwind on Peoria which would continue the whole way. I thought about turning back but the thought of a tailwind coming home kept me sloggin on. Got some great apples at a farm stand at the corner of Irish Bend loop near the Lake Creek school. Nice day in Eugene....

Basket Slough - Perrydale - Ballston 2015-10-03 36 Grando

Nice gravel glider through the rolling hills of northwest Polk county.

Monthly Commute 2015-09-30 100 Soma Saga

All rides around town or to the garden or shopping.

Day three - Beachside SP to Corvallis 2015-09-29 79 Disc Trucker

Woke up to sunlight and was surprised to see it was already 8 AM. Another late start and I had a long day ahead of me. I could have stayed another day, but decided not to. Broke camp, said farewell to fellow bike tourists and headed south on 101 to Yachats which was 5 miles. Stopped at the...

Day two - Elk City to Beachside SP 2015-09-28 44 Disc Trucker

The sun was out when I got up, but it was still cold and wet. Fortunately I still had some firewood and got the fire going right away. Pretty soon the sun was strong enough I was able to get everything dry. It was probably close to 10 before I got started, but I knew it would be easy riding...

Day one - Corvallis to Elk City 2015-09-27 55 Disc Trucker

Up Woods Creek. Down Mary's Peak road to Harlan road.

I did this ride last summer so I knew what I was in for. Then I was meeting Linda on the coast who already had a campsite, so I was not carrying the camping gear. This year I was self...

Adair then Garden 2015-09-25 32 Grando

Out Crescent Valley - Mountain View - Arboretum. Back on Independence - Pettibone. Then out to the garden.

I was testing the Grando with front panniers which seemed to work quite well. I'll do a blog post on this.

Shedd 2015-09-19 53 Grando

Tenners ride with a nice extended route to Shedd, thank you Robert. We went to Peoria and then took Abraham to Potter. A short stretch on 99E and then West-Linn to Roberts and back around to Boston Mill and Shedd. Going back I went solo seeking out some gravel. I found some on Driver which...

Decker road 2015-09-18 47 Grando

Did a bit of meandering on this ride trying to take some gravel roads. Found Ervin road which is gravel from Airport road to Decker. I then went up one of the tree farm roads from the bottom which was steep. Went back and climbed back up Decker and took the tree farm road at the top, where we...

Santiam Wagon Road 2015-09-06 24 Disc Trucker

Got up early and headed out by car to meet the Linn Shuttle which picked us up at Mountain House and took us to Clear Lake. It was a bright sunrise and it was totally clear over the mountains, but it soon clouded over and was cool all day untill late in the afternoon. I didn't know anything...

Albany 2015-09-05 36 Grando

Well attened Tenners ride out to Springhill, Albany, and back Riverside. New bike path on 34 done except for a bridge that is built but not yet surfaced. Beautiful cool morning.

Portland to Corvallis 2015-09-03 107 Grando

A few wrong turns, a few detours, a few rain showers, one flat, but all in all a great ride. Started out heading back west thinking I'd find a bike path along the river, but got directed by some cyclists to go back on the Springwater corridor trail and take the 205 bike path.  The 205 path was...

Union Station to Adinah's house 2015-09-02 19 Grando

It's only about 8 miles to Adinah's house but I did some other riding. 

Lewisburg saddle soap creek 2015-09-01 30 Grando

First day of retirement went for short ride. Good headwind coming back b

Garden 2015-09-01 12 Disc Trucker

Just another ride to the garden. 

Decker road 2015-08-29 34 Grando

Rain! And wind too. Rain was nice. We didn't go over Decker, just to Decker road and back. 

Weekly Commute 2015-08-28 45 Soma Saga

My last week of commuting to my job at OSU. 

Weekly Commute 2015-08-23 47 Soma Saga

Butt not recovered from tour. Put on a padded saddle and keeping the miles down.

Dimple Hill 2015-08-15 20 Grando

Went for a gravel ride. Up Jackson, down Oak. Very nice. 

Town and garden 2015-08-15 20 Disc Trucker

With January to the ukulele convergence in Central Park. Aka another trip to garden. 

Weekly Commute 2015-08-14 45 Grando

3 days on the Grando. Garden after work. 

Weekly Commute 2015-08-14 20 Soma Saga

2 days + on the Saga. Neede to carry more stuff. 

Decker Rd 2015-08-08 36 Grando

Nice cloudy morning. Clouds lifted coming back into the valley but still nice and cool. 

Weekly Commute 2015-08-07 58 Grando

Not as hot. Nice. Mostly ride to garden after work. 

Weekly Commute 2015-07-31 48 Grando

Back to commuting and after two weeks of riding in the nice cool northwest it is back up to 100 here. Eessh.

Majawood to home 2015-07-27 22 Soma Saga

That was it. I retraced my path back to Mount Vernon and found the Amtrak station no problem. The train as on time and I had a mellow ride home. I got home and another great bike tour came to an end.

Deception Pass to Majawood 2015-07-24 34 Soma Saga

Started raining just as I was breaking camp. Cool wet ride over the bridge and on. Lots of traffic which was beginning to wear on me. A signed section of USBR 10 let me to a protected lane over another big bridge. Nice.

Stopped at the Skagit Food Co-op in Mount Vernon and had some...

Fort Casey to Deception Pass SP 2015-07-23 26 Soma Saga

The Easy ride, although much more hilly than yesterday. Started out on a quiet back road, and then found a bike path, but was soon forced out on WA 20 which was very busy. Good shoulder but still too many cars. 

Oak Harbor has a nice beach front, but it's a big town and the traffic...

Seattle to Fort Casey SP 2015-07-22 60 Soma Saga

I took a rest day in Seattle and went out and got some new padded shorts. The shorts I took for the tour did not have padding and I had developed a saddle sore. And I got to hang out with Tabitha and Sophia some.

It was an adventure getting out of Seattle on the Interurban trail. I...

Twanoh SP to Seattle 2015-07-20 27 Soma Saga

I was up and ready to go well before Hazel and Ian so I said farewell and headed off to Bremerton. I started out on the same route as day 2 but followed the highway on to town as I was heading for the ferry. There were some hills and traffic but not too bad. Got to the ferry and cruised right...

LT2015 Day 9+ - Ocean City to Twanoh SP 2015-07-19 92 Soma Saga

Today was the last day of the Loop Tour, but I would be continuing on, not sure exactly where I'd end up. It was a short ride back to Montesano but I got off route in Aberdeen and wasted a bunch of time. I was about to just follow the highway, which said it was only 8 miles to Montesano, when...

LT2015 Day 8 - Quinault to Ocean City SP 2015-07-18 47 Soma Saga

Mostly downhill to the beach, then steep rollers like the coast, except we were on a state road with no trucks and not that many cars. 80 degrees at the beach!

We were now entering the summer tourist area of the Washington coast. Plus it was the weekend. Our campground was at a state...

LT2015 Day 7 - Forks to Quinault 2015-07-17 68 Soma Saga

Another high mileage day. Not much climbing though. 101 the whole way today as there are no other roads out here. Very remote. Nice and warm at the beach and little wind. Rode through the Hoh rainforest on a sunny day!

Lots of "head" time today as it was a long ride with not many...

LT2015 Day 6 - PA to Forks 2015-07-16 63 Soma Saga

Spectacular ride around Crescent Lake. Even some MTB trails.

Today's route was a matter of discussion and speculation the whole tour. We had three choices. A longer route sticking close to the Straight on a smaller highway with possible log truck traffic, the most direct route on...

LT2015 Day 5 - Layover in PA 2015-07-15 25 Soma Saga

Bike trail to Elwah River and Ediz Hook, and some cruising around PA.

Some of the more hardy riders were going for Hurricane ridge, but I was ready for an easy day. About a mile from the fairgrounds the ODT started up again for a short stretch out to the Elwah river where they had...

LT2015 Day 4 - PT to PA via the Olympic Discovery Trail 2015-07-14 70 Soma Saga

Another awesome day of bike touring. 30 miles of bike trail along Discovery Bay and more. Super hospitality by the Women on Wheles in Sequim, and the mayor and more of Port Angeles. 

This would be a long day. I started out solo but ran into Lyle right away on the path heading out of...

LT2015 Day 3 - Kitsap to Port Townsend 2015-07-13 35 Soma Saga

Woke up to a gentle rain whip persisted through the morning. Mostly sunny when we got to PT. The first interesting thing on our route was the Hood Canal bridge. This is the famous bridge that was blown away by a hurricane in 1979. I had fun riding across the bridge with John. Right after the...

LT2015 Day 2 - Potlach to Kitsap SP 2015-07-12 55 Soma Saga

A little of everything and some really steep hills. Started out along the south shore of Hood Canal to Belfair which may have been the most scenic part of the route. I made a wrong turn in Belfair and added an extra 6 miles before I was back on course. Then some big hills to avoid the traffic...

Day 1 Corvallis to Potlach SP 2015-07-11 58 Soma Saga

With a little  help from Amtrak. 

Day one started early for me. Up at 4 and out before 5 to catch the train in Albany. I got there early. Then a relaxing 4 hour train ride to Olympia. It was raining when I got there.. Surprise. I found shelter and got out my rain jacket. Turned in to...

Weekly Commute 2015-07-10 52 Soma Saga

Ready for a bike tour. It has cooled off a bit. More like normal. 

Mary's Peak 2015-07-04 60 Grando

Annual ride. I got out by 7:15 and made it up before the heat. Lyle and Bruce were at the top with watermelon and drinks. 

Weekly Commute 2015-07-02 65 Soma Saga

Hot, hot, and hotter. 

Monroe 2015-06-27 54 Grando

BBQ potluck at the Millars. Was going to be a hot day, but surprise morning rain, and clouds kept it down. Out Bellfountain. Hot on the way home though 93. Came home on 99w. 

Weekly Commute 2015-06-26 64 Grando

Started out hot, got much hotter. I've never seen a June like this, even in Ashland. Rode the Gando all week. Took it in and had the rear hub lubed. Much quieter now. 

Stayton 2015-06-20 101 Grando

Buena Vista ferry, Jefferson, Marion, Stayton, Scio, Albany, Corvallis. 

Weekly Commute 2015-06-19 32 Grando

3 days on this bike. Trying to ride it more. Windy. 

Weekly Commute 2015-06-19 23 Soma Saga

2 days on this bike. Hauled my garlic harvest home in the panniers. 

Strawberry Century 2015-06-13 101 Grando

Great ride. Perfect weather except for the strong north wind that came up. Fast pace until the wind wore me out. 

Weekly Commute 2015-06-12 30 Soma Saga

3 days. Wonderful weather, but windy in the afternoon. Took it slow and easy as I want to be rested for the Strawberry Century.

Seattle - Burke-Gillman 2015-06-09 65 Soma Saga

Once again, ride to Albany, Amtrak to Seattle. The occasion this time was Sophia's HS graduation. Found a better route up the hill to Tabitha's house. Had time for a ride Monday morning. Through the arboretum and out the Burke-Gillman. Perfect weather and great riding. 

Weekly Commute 2015-06-05 63 Soma Saga

June came in with cool rain. By end of week it was near 90. 

Mary's Peak 2015-05-30 59 Grando

Very slow ride. DId not push it at all. It was already getting hot at the bottom, but cooled off up higher. Too hazy for a good view. Decided to reurn via Woods Creek. Good choice. The road between the gates was perfect for the Grando. Smooth dirt with little gravel and few bumps or holes. Woods...

Weekly Commute 2015-05-29 41 Soma Saga

4 day week. Warming up. Mostly just riding to the garden after work.

Willamette Mission Park 2015-05-25 107 Soma Saga

Ferry loop. Dan and I did an overnight trip to Willamette Mission park. Eileen rode with us as far as Buena Vista but then headed back while Dan and I took the ferry across to the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway. This is my favorite part of this ride, past the Ankeny wildlife refuge, on up...

Carwell Hill - Hoskins 2015-05-23 50 Disc Trucker

Got a late start. Wanted to scout the first part of the route to Valsetz. Carwell hill was hard. Large loose gravel and steep. Fortunately the uphill is not very long. I turned on RideWith GPS for the ride over Cardwell - http://ridewithgps.com/...

Weekly Commute 2015-05-22 80 Soma Saga

Includes the Ride of Silience and an extra ride back to town on Saturday morning. Cool and windy.

To the garden 2015-05-17 12 Disc Trucker

Hauled the trailer. Got some compost and plants. Nice day.

Rolling Feast 2015-05-16 60 Grando

First a loop around Corvallis. Then brunch at Teddi and Fran Crotti's, which was excellent. Then out 99 to Tyee Winery for desert. The ride was organized by Dave and Lindsey. After desert we came in on Bellfountain. Then John Ro, Tracey, and I went out Cresent Valley, and Pettibone and back in...

Weekly Commute 2015-05-15 55 Soma Saga

Cool week. A little rain. Took it easy.

Roaring River Park 2015-05-09 93 Grando

Headed out early, knowing it would be a hot day. Out Tangent to Lebanon and then followed the Strawberry Century route to Roaring River park. Continued up to the fish hatchery and then to where the road turns to gravel. It said dead end but looked enticing. back though Crabtree an Knox Butte...

Weekly Commute 2015-05-08 24 Disc Trucker

Took January on the tag a long for ride to school day. Hauled the trailer with a load of grass clippings to the garden. 

Weekly Commute 2015-05-06 28 Soma Saga

3 rides on the saga. Recovering from a cold. 

Weekly Commute 2015-04-30 52 Soma Saga

4 days. Nice weather. One trip to Philomath, several to the garden. 

Annual road cleanup 2015-04-25 47 Grando

3 different rides really. First was last Sunday out to Dan and Shawn's place for a potluck meetup with around the world cyclists Adela and Kris from Poland. 

Today's road cleanup on Plymouth road is an annual event the club does. After that and lunch in Philomath, Robert, John ?, and I...

Weekly Commute 2015-04-24 54 Soma Saga

Relatively cool, a little rain. Lots of wind. 

Heart of the Valley 2015-04-18 70 Grando

Early start. Cold but the sun would soon warm things up. Sunny and clear all day. Head wind on Peoria wore me out. Ride was not as well organized this year. Less people. We need to see if the bike club can help. 

Weekly Commute 2015-04-17 70 Soma Saga

Just kept getting nicer each day. 70 by Friday.

Midge Cramer ride 2015-04-11 48 Grando

I left early and did an extra 10 miles. Met the club in Pilomath and header out 34 and back over Decker. Cold, windy, and rainy.

Weekly Commute 2015-04-10 70 Soma Saga

One nice after work ride. Ran into a group of tenners on Thursday and rode to Decker road and back on 34. That was the only warm afternoon. Mostly cool.

Shopping - Garden 2015-04-05 15 Soma Saga

Hauled the trailer to the garden. Cool with showers.

Alsea - Alsea Falls 2015-04-04 77 Grando

Started with the tenners and parted ways in Philomath. Out 34 back over Alsea falls. Cool day with on short shower. I went hard up the first big climb, which kind of wore me out for the rest of the ride. We stopped at Rann and Doreen's house near Alpine on the way home. Then down to Monroe and...

Weekly Commute - Seattle 2015-03-31 80 Soma Saga

Saturday - Around Corvallis and to garden

Sunday - To Albany, train to Seattle, around Seattle and to Tabitha's

Monday, Tues., Wed. - Commute from Tabitha's to Bell Harbor conference center.

Thursday - Lake Washington drive to University District, Burke - Gillman trail to...

Weekly Commute. 2015-03-27 50 Disc Trucker

The Saga is getting a spring tune up. It was fun riding the Trucker this week. 

Daffodil festival 2015-03-21 80 Grando

Bellfountain to Monroe.  Then out Territorial a ways and west to Long Tom Grange.  100's of people. Nice day. Back home on 99w, then a side trip to Philomath. 

Weekly Commute 2015-03-20 65 Soma Saga

More seasonable weather. A little fog, a little rain, but I don't recall getting wet. Two rides to Philomath. 

Weekly Commute 2015-03-13 58 Soma Saga

Still no rain, but it's comming. Coninued mild weather.

Town and Garden 2015-03-08 12 Armstrong

Willammette park with January who is riding well on her own now. Then to the garden.

Conner/Dever 2015-03-07 64 Grando

Another gorgeous day for riding in the Willammette Valley. Lunch at Calapooia pub in Albany. Slight tailwind on the way home on Riverside. Extra loop out to Philomath with Robert.

Weekly Commute 2015-03-06 73 Soma Saga

Morinings sunny and cold, afternoons around 60. It's official. We had no winter this year.

Weekly Commute 2015-02-20 54 Soma Saga

Continued spring like weather. Wonderful riding. 

Airlee Wimery - Monmouth 2015-02-14 66 Grando

Berry Creek to Airlee road. After the stop at the winery I headed of to do a longer route with a group of 5. I could not keep up over the hills. They put me to shame. I have to loose weight if I want to stay with the faster riders, even with the tenners.

From the Winery we continued to...

Weekly Commute 2015-02-13 70 Soma Saga

The week started out stormy but turned spring like. Foggy mornings and warm dry afternoons, allowing me to get the extra miles.

Decker Road 2015-02-07 36 Grando

The rain let up and the clouds were even breaking up as we set out, but we knew it wouldn't last. Sure enough as we turned up Decker the sky's opened and it poured all the way back to Philomath. Fortunately it was warm, mid 50s so it wasn't't so bad. 

Weekly Commute 2015-02-06 40 Soma Saga

Missed logging this week so putting in the minimum miles.

Wren - Harris Rd. - Blodgett - Summit - Hoskins - Wren 2015-01-31 35 Grando

Foggy in the valley so I drove to Wren. I was treated to some sunshine for a while, but it soon turned to high clouds. I wanted to explore Harris road as it is part of the all gravel route to the coast. Nicer than expected. Through some well logged land along Mary's River. Some climbing but...

Weekly Commute 2015-01-30 45 Soma Saga

Foggy mornings sunny afternoons. Warm for January. 

Monmouth - Kings Valley 2015-01-24 72 Grando

First ride of Spring, at least it felt that way. 60 degrees, no wind. With the Tenners out Independence - Buena Vista - Monmouth. Then solo out Elkins - Airlee - Maple Grove - Pedee - Kings Valley - Maxfield Creek - Airlee - Berry Creek - Tampico - 99 - home. Inspired to get at least 100k. Good...

Weekly Commute 2015-01-23 42 Soma Saga

4 day week. No rain. Days are getting longer. Could make it home before dark if I headed straight home. As it was I was able to get in some extra miles. 

Falls City 2015-01-19 34 Grando

Parked at Hemmick Park. Took Elkins to Smith Road (gravel) to Monmouth Hwy. Short stretch of pavement to Kings Valley Hwy. South about a mile to Gardener (gravel) which is directly opposite the end of Airlee Rd.  A few miles on Gardner then a few more on Frost into Falls City. Nice little town....

Weekly Commute 2015-01-16 37 Soma Saga

Fog finally lifted. Got rained on one ride. It is an amazingly rare occurance considering how much it rains zround here.

Shingle Creek 2015-01-10 20 Disc Trucker

Nice gravel ride in one of my favorite areas. Drove to Summit with Nelson. Not my usual MO but I never would have gotten that far out otherwise. I was cold misty fog. Much nicer to be up in the woods than out on the road. Shingle creek road is about a 6 mile connector between Mary's River road...

Weekly Commute 2015-01-09 45 Soma Saga

Fog most of the week. It broke on Friday and I got a bit of a ride in after work.

Albany 2015-01-03 34 Grando

Not quite as cold as it has been. A spirited ride. Gave me a good workout.

Dimple Hill 2015-01-02 22 Grando

Up Oak Creek, down Dan's trail and Jackson Creek. Temperature was right about freezing but the sun was out. Plenty warm climbing. Downhill on the trail was hard on this bike due to the handlebars and my thick gloves. Lot's of fun though.

This was the first time I had Grando up to Dimple...

Soap Creek 2015-01-02 25 Grando

Got back from one ride, had lunch and went out for another. Up Sulphur Springs, down Soap Creek, across on Camp Adair, and then back on Indepdendence. No wind and by now it was up around 40. Good start to the year.

Weekly Commute 2014-12-31 22 Soma Saga

Last ride of 2014. Another great year of riding. Did not miss a day of commuting. Finished the year strong with the best December yet. Looking forward to more. 430 for the month, 5170 for the year.  

 

 

Shedd 2014-12-27 34 Grando

The rain held off but the wind picked up. In our faces heading out, but at our backs coming back. Nice to finish off the year strong with four good rides in a row.

Albany 2014-12-26 34 Grando

Nice day. Some clouds some sun, upper 40s. Bryant park very flooded. Right now I'm seeing some of the worst flooding since I've been in Corvallis. 

Buena Vista 2014-12-25 38 Grando

Christmas day. Started out cloudy got sunny, but then I got caught in a cold shower on the way home. Back on Arboretum and Mt. View.

Philomath + 2014-12-24 32 Grando

Snuck out between rain showers. Past Philomath a bit, then back and around town.

Weekly Commute 2014-12-23 26 Soma Saga

Short week. went over 5k miles for the year with this ride.

Garden Ave 2014-12-21 20 Disc Trucker

Exploring gravel roads down by the river, which is at flood levels. 

Weekly Commute 2014-12-19 42 Soma Saga

Got pretty wet this week.

Smith Loop then Albany 2014-12-13 60 Soma Saga

first with the tenners out Smith Loop and back Bellfountain. Then solo out Riverside to Albany, back Metge. Started out foggy but got sunny with no wind, mid 40s. Gorgeous day. 

Weekly Commute 2014-12-12 36 Soma Saga

Managed to miss most of the rain, and wind. In the groove of winter commuting. 

Shedd via Philomath 2014-12-07 50 Grando

Started out with the 9:00 group but couldn't keep the pace. Looped back to town and caught the tenners. 12 people. Some wind but the rain stopped. Back route from Tangent to Shedd I had not ridden before. 

Weekly Commute 2014-12-05 36 Soma Saga

Not so cold. Not too much rain. 

Horse Trail 2014-11-30 10 Disc Trucker

Up Jackson Creek. The road is clear up to Lewisberg Saddle. I headed towards Dimple Hill but only got about a quarter of a mile before I hit the downed trees. Still a lot of work to do. Looks like they brought in a yarder and have some nice looking logs on the side of the road. Probably only...

Airlee Road 2014-11-27 36 Grando

Up Sulphur Springs road. Looks like most of the down trees and limbs have been cleaned up at Lewisberg Saddle. I was amazed at how much smoother Soap Creek road felt on the Grando. Fat tires and steel frame really smooth out a nasty road. Light rain wasn't bad but heading East on Airlee I...

Weekly Commute 2014-11-26 30 Soma Saga

3 day week. Warmer but wet. I seemed to avoid most of the rain. 

Weekly Commute 2014-11-21 47 Soma Saga

The week started cold and then warmed up and got wet.

Adair Village 2014-11-15 22 Grando

Up Sulphur Springs which was icy in spots. At Lewisberg Saddle the plan was to go north on forest road 500, but the ice storm had brought down many limbs and trees. After carrying our bikes in for about 100 yards we realized it would not get any better and turned arround. Going down Sulphur...

Weekly Commute 2014-11-14 35 Soma Saga

Cold dark and wet. Welcome to winter, a month early. 

Peedee 2014-11-08 65 Grando

This was the fall ride. Colors at their finest. The air just a bit crisp. Started out foggy though. The first 20 miles out Independence it was pretty thick. Some where before Elkins the sun broke through, and then it was gorgeous. Maple Grove to Peedee where they have an annual pie, soup and...

Weekly Commute 2014-11-07 45 Soma Saga

Rain, fog, darkness, everything you'd expect in November but still not too cold. 

Dimple Hill 2014-11-02 20 Disc Trucker

So much nicer up in the woods on these gray days, than out on the road. Very golden right now. New Schwalbe Big Ben tires on the mountain trucker. They did just fine, and so did I.

Decker Road 2014-11-01 38 Grando

Foggy morning and colder than it has been. Moderate pace. No wind. 

Weekly Commute 2014-10-31 45 Soma Saga

Rained most of the week. Friday afternoon was nice and I got in a few extra miles. Dark in the morning but now the time changes and it will be dark on the way home.

Brownsville 2014-10-25 55 Grando

Ankle better. Good ride. Rain held off but wind came up strong. Heading north it was at our backs and we were coasting along at 20. Heading west the cross wind blew me off the road 3 times. 

Weekly Commute 2014-10-24 45 Soma Saga

Lost track of this one.

Short Loop North 2014-10-19 20 Grando

Still nursing the ankle. Keeping the rides short. Georgous day and the ankle felt good. Maybe longer ride next weekend.

Weekly Commute 2014-10-17 45 Soma Saga

Good weather continues. Mornings a bit dark.

Phillomath 2014-10-11 20 Grando

Short ride testing my anke . About as far as I could go without strain.

Weekly Commute 2014-10-10 54 Grando

Lovely warm sunny days. Still nursing a sore ankl . 

Weekly Commute 2014-10-03 27 Grando

Gradually warmed up during the week to 80 on Friday. Recovery week nursing a sore ankle. 

Weekly Commute 2014-09-30 16 Soma Saga

Splitting the week into two rides to get the miles in the right month and right bike. 

Eugene 2014-09-27 128 Grando

Corvallis -> Harrisburg -> Coburg -> Eugene -> Coburg -> Brownsville -> Lebanon -> Corvallis

One of my goals for the summer was to get in a 200k ride, to match the one I did last summer. The Grando was the perfect bike for it. Got up early and was on the bike by 5 AM...

Weekly Commute 2014-09-26 65 Soma Saga

Cooler days. Some light rain. Back to the Saga for commuting as I need to use the panniers.

Crater Lake 2014-09-20 45 Grando

Left Friday night. Slept out off the North entrence road. Nice. Late start waiting for the Ashland crew to arrive. Hot day. Lots of traffic on the West side but car free on the East. Hundreds of riders. 

The Grando did not perform well on the downhill. Front end wobble. Not sure what to...

Waterloo 2014-09-13 65 Grando

First long ride on the Grando. Very fast pace. The bike performed flawlessly. I was able to hold the pace, which I would not have been able to do on the Saga. Very smooth comfortable ride. This bike is everything I wanted it to be.

Weekly Commute 2014-09-12 40 Soma Saga

Picked up the Grando on Thursday afternoon.

Phillomath 2014-09-12 15 Grando

First ride out of town on the Grando. Very smooth, very comfortable. Goes when I want it to, and where I want it to. Longer ride tomorrow.

Beachside State Park 2014-09-06 99 Disc Trucker

It had been very hot in the valley, and my weather app even showed 90 in Newport on Friday. Time to head to the beach. I had been waiting for the right opportunity to ride the mostly gravel route to the coast and this was it. The Mountain Trucker still had its mtb tires so it was ready to go....

Weekly Commute 2014-09-05 35 Soma Saga

Short week. Not much after work riding.

Weekly Commute 2014-08-29 40 Alez

Actually rode 3 different bikes this week. Still hot. cooled off on Friday.

Phillomath 2014-08-29 20 Soma Saga

After work ride. Round about route.

Brownsville Harrisburg 2014-08-23 78 Soma Saga

Hardest ride of the year. Strong winds all the way back. I am really wasted.

Weekly Commute 2014-08-22 40 Alez

Most afternoons at the bike shop specing parts for Grando.

Champoeg Park 2014-08-16 75 Soma Saga

Took the WVSB. Got a good early start. Nice ride all the way. Crossed the river at Independence. New route through Salem much better than before. Gorgeous farm country on Wheatland road. No wheat, just berries and hops and filberts. Stopped at Spongs Landing north of Kaiser for lunch. Nice spot...

Weekly Commute 2014-08-15 40 Alez

Still can't bring my bike in the building. Rode the Allez thinking I might get a ride in but didn't. Too much time at the bike shop working on a parts list for Grando.

Decker Road 2014-08-09 32 Soma Saga

Short ride with Saturday morning group. Had to get back early. Fast pace, good workout.

Weekly Commute 2014-08-08 30 Armstrong

Recovery week after Loop Tour. No a whole lot of miles.

La Pine to Bend 2014-08-03 32 Soma Saga

Stage 8 and the end of the Loop Tour. Mostly flat return to the start. Some miles on 97 but through this area it is much wider than where we were on day 2, and much nicer riding.

Soon we were back where we started and it was time to say goodbye and hit the road.

Odell Lake to La Pine State Park 2014-08-02 54 Soma Saga

Stage 7 of the Loop Tour. No more mountains to climb, just some nice quiet roads. Most of the ride was on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway. Not entirely scenic as much of it went through areas devastated by the pine bark beetle back in the 80's and 90's. Got much nicer as we approached the...

Oakridge to Odell Lake 2014-08-01 35 Soma Saga

Stage 6 of the Loop Tour. Another day of hard climbing. It started in right away as soon as we left Oakridge. A short way out I pulled in at a rest stop and Lon was there. He twisted my arm and insisted I throw my panniers in the van to make the climb easier. Who was I to argue? I was glad I...

Aufderhide Forest Road 2014-07-31 67 Soma Saga

Stage 5 of the Loop Tour. The longest day and some really hard climbs, but absolutely gorgeous.

I had done Aufderheide Forest Road two years before, but not with a fully loaded bike, and not all the way to Oakridge. I didn't remember it as being too awful hard and it wasn't, until...

Sisters to Rainbow RV park 2014-07-30 47 Soma Saga

Stage 4 of the Loop Tour. The big climb over McKenzie pass. Very nice, both up and down. Stopped at a campground on the down side and hung in my hammock for a while. Then on to McKenzie bridge and the RV park. Nice accommodations plus a catered meal.

...

Sisters to Sisters 2014-07-29 23 Soma Saga

Rest day in Sisters. Not a great pace to camp as there was little shade, and little shelter. Thunderstorms were threatening but I don't think we actually got any rain.

On the rest day I rode a 6 mile dirt trail to Indian Ford campground. It stated out sandy which was hard going, but...

Cove Palisades to Sisters 2014-07-28 50 Soma Saga

Stage 3 of the Loop Tour. Hot day with a nice swimming hole mid way. Joined the Smith Rock - Sisters Scenic Bikeway for most of the ride..

Leaving the town of Culver, heading back the way we came in. Fortunately we found an alternate route which kept us off Highway 97. We paralleled...

Prineville to Cove Palisades State Park 2014-07-27 42 Soma Saga

Stage 2 of the MVBC Loop Tour. Idyllic country roads for 20 miles to Smith Rock. Hiked down and up the river a bit with Dan and Eilene. Incredible place. Then a few more quiet miles to Terrabon before 5 miles on Hwy 97. Terrible road. Then back on the mellow roads to Culver and our destination...

Bend to Prineville 2014-07-26 57 Soma Saga

Stage 1 of the Loop Tour. I camped at Tumalo park the night before so I got 7 extra miles. Hot day and a great ride.

Started out of Bend in a group and headed south a few blocks before getting out on the Alfalfa Market Road. This part of the ride was a repeat for me as I had come this...

Peoria Road - short loop 2014-07-23 22 Soma Saga

Rode out with Diamond who stayed with us a night.

Majawood 2014-07-21 46 Soma Saga

Round trip, with a little help from Amtrak. The train was great. Highly recommended.

Bus from Albany got stuck in traffic which kept the train waiting in Portland. The train ride was great. From Olympia to Tacoma it hugged the Sound, and the same from Seattle to Everett. I got into Mt....

Weekly Commute 2014-07-18 22 Soma Saga

I ride to work and around town.

Weekly Commute 2014-07-16 22 Armstrong

The loading dock is closed and no bikes in the library. Been riding my 3 speed and locking it outside/

Monmouth 2014-07-12 62 Soma Saga

Got an early start. Took Airlee all the way, then Mounmouth highway. The MVBC was meeting at Willamette blufs where a land conservatory was doing a tour. Meet up with Robert there for the ride back.

Weekly Commute 2014-07-11 85 Soma Saga

Very hot. Doing a lot of riding just before dark.

Weekly Commute 2014-07-11 15 Armstrong

2 days on the cruiser.

Harrisburg 2014-07-05 67 Soma Saga

Up early. Out Bellfountain. Monroe. Harrisburg. Back Peoria. Nice day. Best the heat.

Maxfield Creek 2014-07-04 50 Soma Saga

Could barely drag myself out the door by 2:00. Wandered around a bit before heading out to Airlee. Back over Berry creek , Soap creek, and Sulphur Springs.

Weekly Commute 2014-07-03 65 Soma Saga

4 days. Getting hotter.

Elkins Road 2014-06-29 50 Soma Saga

Sulphur Springs, Soap Creek, Berry Creek, Airlee, Elkins, Hemick, Corvallis/Independence, Pettibone

Weekly Commute 2014-06-27 62 Soma Saga

Starting to get back to normal. Cool week with some rain.

Philomath 2014-06-22 22 Soma Saga

Starting over instead of being on a bike tour. Pleasant ride.

Weekly Commute 2014-06-20 24 Soma Saga

3 minimum days. Barely recovered from the flu.

Weekly Commute 2014-06-13 27 Soma Saga

Got the flu. Missed a lot of work and riding.

Mary's Peak 2014-06-08 60 Soma Saga

Got an early start and got to the top before it got hot. Very nice.

Alsea Falls 2014-05-31 73 Soma Saga

Out Bellfountain. Most people turned around at Bellfountain. Ann joined me for the long ride as prep for the loop tour. I am still not fully recovered from the cold I had and it was a hard ride. Gorgeous day though. Down the back side to Alsea and back on 34.

Weekly Commute 2014-05-30 43 Soma Saga

Short week. Recovering from a cold that kept me off the bike over the long weekend. Windy afternoons.

Weekly Commute 2014-05-23 53 Soma Saga

4 days. Mild temps but windy a couple of days. Mostly a recovery week.

Monmouth 2014-05-17 80 Giant OCR2

Out Independence Corvallis road. Back Elkins Airlee. Extra loop to Philomath.

Weekly Commute 2014-05-16 102 Soma Saga

Nice weather. The wind even died down during mid week.

Rolling Feast 2014-05-10 51 Soma Saga

Social event but I ended up riding mostly by myself. The rain held off, for the most part.

Weekly Commute 2014-05-09 58 Soma Saga

Started out nice, then came the rain.

Harrisburg 2014-05-03 55 Giant OCR2

Bike club ride. Fast into a string headwind. Some rain. Cut the ride short and came back via Monroe and 99.

Weekly Commute 2014-05-02 15 Soma Saga

Two days. Recovery days.

Weekly Commute 2014-04-30 80 Soma Saga

3 days. Good weather. Rode hard to finish off the month.

Heart of the Valley 2014-04-26 72 Soma Saga

My second year on this ride. After a week of rain it amazingly held off for the ride. Cold however, 36 at the start. The route was lengthened a bit by adding a loop over Coon road, which includes a couple of steep hills. I was riding my new Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires, which did seem to make...

Weekly Commute 2014-04-25 68 Soma Saga

Rain. Lots of rain.

Weekly Commute 2014-04-18 52 Soma Saga

Back to some rain, some wind, even a little fog.

Albany 2014-04-13 26 Giant OCR2

Late Sunday afternoon ride. 70 degrees and windy. Nice to be warm

Weekly Commute 2014-04-11 76 Soma Saga

Warm dry days are back, but with some wind. Only one ride to Philomath. The rest were just zigzag round town trying not to head straight into the wind, which kept shifting.

Waterloo 2014-04-05 66 Soma Saga

Wet and windy birthday ride. May have to switch to kilometers one of thes years.

Weekly Commute 2014-04-04 47 Soma Saga

Not so much rain but not very inviting for long rides. Trying to get in some recovery.

Peoria Road Bakery 2014-03-29 38 Soma Saga

Rain and wind. Strong head wind heading out, tailwind most of the way back.

Weekly Commute 2014-03-28 48 Soma Saga

Rain, rain go away. Still managed not to get rained on most rides.

Newport 2014-03-22 68 Disc Trucker

Newport via Logsden road. Camped at South Beach SP. Sunny but cold wind.

This was my first test of the Revelate Designs Harness. Here is what it looks like. The dry bag fits...

Weekly Commute 2014-03-21 68 Soma Saga

Cold mornings but warm afternoons. Took it easy most of the week.

King's Valley 2014-03-15 52 Giant OCR2

Also met up with Brian who was out on his own. Beautiful day. First time on the road bike this year. Felt nimble but still didn't exactly fly up the hills. Came back on Berry Creek, Soap Creek.

Around town 2014-03-14 24 Disc Trucker

A couple of trips on the Trucker testing out my new front bike packing setup.

Weekly Commute 2014-03-14 80 Soma Saga

Spring like weather and daylight savings time equal long after work rides.

Dever-Conser 2014-03-08 58 Soma Saga

Light rain but warm enough to not mind. Through Millersburg and left on Conser. Santiam Bluff road to Scravel Hill. Albany for lunch and Riverside back.

Weekly Commute 2014-03-07 58 Soma Saga

Rain, heavy rain. Got pretty wet a couple of times. Cleared up Friday for a nice ride into Philomath.

Summit 2014-03-01 66 Disc Trucker

Epic ride through the coast range. Rainy day, but not cold. During the week a friend told me about a route to the coast that was all paved, and bypassed most of Hwy 20. Between Philomath and Blodgett the highway has a pretty good shoulder. I turned North at Blodgett on the Blodgeet/Eddyville...

Weekly Commute 2014-02-28 76 Soma Saga

Days are getting longer and a little warmer. Two rides to Philomath, and a couple of others around town.

Jefferson 2014-02-22 56 Soma Saga

Bike club ride. Finally figured out that the slower group waits for the other group to start first. I always take off with the fast group and get dropped. I did so today but then stopped and waited for the other group to catch up. Gorgeous day. Cold to start but warmed up to the low 50s. Rivers...

Flamingo Road 2014-02-18 26 Armstrong

2 rides in Florida. One short ride along a bike path, and a longer ride on Flamingo road. I was riding my sister's Jamis Citizen upright hybrid.

Weekly Commute 2014-02-12 22 Disc Trucker

3 days. Roads are clear but rode the Mountain Trucker anyhow. Off to Florida for a week.

Weekly Commute 2014-02-07 28 Soma Saga

4 days. Thus was actually on the Mountain Trucker as it snowed.

McDonald Forest 2014-02-01 32 Disc Trucker

Dimple Hill and McCullough Peak. The sun was shining in the valley, but not so much in the woods. Two big climbs. The road up McCullough peak is very steep. The peak is 2175' so it takes some climbing.

Weekly Commute 2014-01-31 35 Soma Saga

Some rain, not bad. A little warmer. Not so dark either.

King's Valley 2014-01-25 45 Soma Saga

Got dropped early. Slow group never formed. Beautiful day. 30 and full sun to start. Warmed up quickly.

Weekly Commute 2014-01-24 24 Soma Saga

3days. Fog finally lifted. Still no rain.

Green Peter Lake 2014-01-19 32 Disc Trucker

Got tired of the fog. Drove to Sunnyside park east of Sweet Home. Got out of the fog as soon as I started riding. Sunny and warmer at the lake. There doesn't seem to be a road all the way around the lake, so I just did an out and back on Quartzville road. May have to explore some more when the...

Weekly Commute 2014-01-17 35 Soma Saga

Fog, fog, and more fog.

Shedd 2014-01-11 38 Soma Saga

Headed out into the wind. Could only manage 8 MPH at times. Then the rain came. Shedd store closed. Enjoyed the tailwind for a while, but then had to fight the cross wind most of the way back.

Weekly Commute 2014-01-10 52 Soma Saga

Started the year off with a full week of commuting The weather was fine. Enjoying my new light which makes the rides home in the dark much better.

Weekly Commute 2014-01-03 32 Soma Saga

2 days. Fog lifted today so I did a mid day ride to Philomath.

Weekly Commute 2013-12-31 32 Soma Saga

Just two days but got to finish the year off with a nice ride to Philomath. My goal had been to ride less in 2013 and do more hiking or swimming. I failed. Got more miles then last year.

Brownsville 2013-12-28 56 Soma Saga

Started out with the 9:00 club ride. As usually I got dropped early on, but there was also a group behind me. They passed me when I stopped for a cup of tea in Shedd. I met back up with them in Brownsville and had company for the ride home. Cold and foggy all morning. The sun started peaking...

Weekly Commute 2013-12-27 30 Soma Saga

Only 2 work days this week, but got in a couple of other trips to town. Got a new light. It is a Lumotec IQ Premium Fly RT Senso Plus from Busch and Muller - http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/b&m-hl.asp . A nice upgrade. I bit...

Buena Vista 2013-12-22 33 Soma Saga

Lovely day. Took a side road to one of the access points on the Luckiamute River and noticed my rear tire was very low. Pumped it up and it help all the way home. Over 5000 miles and no flats on these Schwalbe Marathon tires.
Made up a song on the way home. Could be a good one.

Around Town 2013-12-21 14 Disc Trucker

Nice day. Was planning on a longer ride but had no umph. Maybe tomorrow.

Weekly Commute 2013-12-20 42 Soma Saga

Snow is gone. Some fog, light rain, and ice one morning. Shortesat day of the year is past.

Lewisberg Saddle 2013-12-14 12 Disc Trucker

Up into the fog. Snow is gone. Down Horse Trail.

Weekly Commute 2013-12-13 25 Disc Trucker

3 days on snow pack and frigid conditions. Friday it warmed up and melted.

Town 2013-12-07 10 Disc Trucker

Took the mountain Trucker for an icy ride after yesterday's snow. Most of the roads are just packed snow which has now glazed over and is mostly ice. Did fine though when I finally let some air out of my tires it did even better. Rode into to the bike shop and took the Surly Pugsly out for a...

Weekly Commute 2013-12-06 28 Soma Saga

4 days. Snowed in on Friday. Very cold.

Weekly Commute 2013-11-27 21 Soma Saga

3 day week. Thanksgiving. Still very cold.

Albany 2013-11-24 28 Soma Saga

Sunny, nest 50. Nice easy ride.

Dimple Hill - Bald Hill 2013-11-23 23 Disc Trucker

Very cold overnight so I waited until after noon to get started. Warmed up to almost 50. Very nice. Up Jackson Creek, down Oak Creek. Over to Bald Hill through town and home.

Weekly Commute 2013-11-22 35 Soma Saga

Got cold this week, down in the 20's. Clear and bright though.

Weekly Commute 2013-11-15 21 Soma Saga

Out sick 2 days. Fog, rain, wind. It's November.

MacDonald Forest 2013-11-09 25 Disc Trucker

Had to get out in the woods today. Up Jackson Cr to rd 600, north to Lewisburg Saddle, then rd 500 north. Missed the turn to Peevey Arboretum, Took Banzai trail down. Mostly straight down, and not terribly steep. The only thing to slow you down were the water bars. Rd 640 back to Arboretum and...

Weekly Commute 2013-11-08 50 Soma Saga

6 rides plus some around town. Dark after work now. Light rain early in the week.

Monroe 2013-11-02 58 Soma Saga

Started out with the MVBC but got dropped early on. Started out in light drizzle which soon let up. The wind did not. Mostly out of the west so more of a side wind. Bellfountain to Monroe. Old River Road to 99 to Smith Loop to 99. A couple of heavy showers on the way back.

Weekly Commute 2013-10-31 55 Soma Saga

Milking the last daylight of the year for after work rides

Weekly Commute 2013-10-25 60 Soma Saga

Another week with no rain. Morning fog quite thick but afternoons sunny, except for Friday.

Salem - One way 2013-10-20 44 Soma Saga

Met Linda and JJ in Salem at a fall harvest festival. Tried to go up the steep hill outside of Independence- Orville, but it was too steep. Had to continue on River Rd through Salem. The roads were good but a lot of traffic. Beautiful day, warm after the fog lifted.

Chip Ross Park 2013-10-19 6 Disc Trucker

Wouldn't normally log such a short ride, but I though it was pretty cool that I could get to the top of the hill at Chip Ross Park, and back, and 6 miles. Amaxing view up there today.

Weekly Commute 2013-10-18 72 Soma Saga

Very nice week. Cold foggy mornings, warm sunny afternoons. 3 long rides. One with Manuel.

Around town 2013-10-13 10 Armstrong

I shouldn't log these rides. Just showed that I'm obsessed with miles.

Weekly Commute 2013-10-11 43 Soma Saga

Not much after work riding. Not really cold or rainy, but not really warm and sunny either.

Buena Vista 2013-10-06 32 Giant OCR2

Beautiful fall afternoon. Nice route. Hwy 20 - Independence hwy.- Merge Rd - Oak Grove - Scenic - Springhill, Buena Vista, back on Pettibone.

Decker Road 2013-10-05 45 Soma Saga

Explored some back roads off of 34 just before it starts the climb. Back over Decker. Nice day. Cold and foggy in the morning and warm and sunny in the afternoon .

Weekly Commute 2013-10-04 53 Soma Saga

Pretty much winter. Rain, fog, cold. Got nice Thurs and Fri afternoons, up around 60. Philomath on Friday.

Weekly Commute 2013-09-27 15 Soma Saga

Missed 3 days this week to a cold. Fall hit with a blast of rain and wind. Not too cold yet but miserable none the less.

Weekly Commute 2013-09-20 52 Soma Saga

Getting cooler and darker. Rain held off until Friday afternoon.

Woods Creek 2013-09-14 10 Disc Trucker

Wet and cool. Perfect weather in the woods.Drove to the trailhead. Explored a little and rode a trail.

Weekly COmmute 2013-09-13 92 Soma Saga

Milking the last days of summer. Already getting dark after a good after work ride. Very warm this week but a couple of days were really windy.

Woods Crrek 2013-09-09 49 Disc Trucker

All the way to Mary's Peak Road

Weekly Commute 2013-09-06 51 Soma Saga

Some rain.

Woods Creek Road 2013-09-01 61 Disc Trucker

Its September time for mountain trucking. Tried Old Peak Road first, but it got steep pretty quick with a lot of loose gravel. Headed over to Rock Creek but no admittance to the Watershed. After a brief rest up a forest road off of Decker I headed out rt. 20 and found Woods Creek Road. Very...

Weekly Commute 2013-08-30 75 Soma Saga

After laying low on the cruiser for most of the month I finished off with three consecutive rides to Philomath on the Saga. Days are getting shorter and the weather has been nice and cool.

Weekly Commute 2013-08-23 50 Armstrong

Another easy week on the cruiser.

Brownsville home 2013-08-18 28 Soma Saga

The valley is amazingly clear for August. Not too hot either.

Covered Bridge Tour South 2013-08-17 77 Soma Saga

Out Tngent to Seven Mile to Knox Butte. Did 2 bridges. Rotating River park, Lenanon River Park. Then Brownsville and camping with Linda.

Weekly Commute 2013-08-16 50 Soma Saga

3 days on the Saga. Got my new front rack and rando bag. Nice.

Weekly Commute 2013-08-13 15 Armstrong

2 days on the cruiser.

Decker Road 2013-08-10 37 Giant OCR2

Got out early. Sunny at home but cloudy in Philomath. Kept it cool. Nice ride.

Weekly Commute 2013-08-09 40 Armstrong

First complete week on the cruiser. Really enjoying it. Got a front basket.

China Bend to Kettle Falls 2013-08-01 30 Soma Saga

Rode to Kettle Falls and caught the Gold Line bus to Spokane Amtrak station.

Northport to China Bend 2013-07-31 11 Soma Saga

Got a ride in. Rode back.

Republic to China Bend 2013-07-21 65 Soma Saga

The climb starts immediately when leaving the Ferry County fairground and stays at a very steady 6% for the 15 miles to Sherman Pass. It was nicely wooded the whole way until I got to the area burned in the White Mountain forest fire of 1988. Still lots of dead trees standing but much of the...

Tonasket to Republic 2013-07-20 45 Soma Saga

Got on the road by 5:00, a new record for me. The road started climbing right away. It follows Bonaparte Creek up a steep canyon. Pretty soon it was quite green. The couple I talked to in Tonasket said the road to Wauconda had no trees, so I was glad to see more and more pines the higher I got...

Omak to Tonasket 2013-07-19 30 Soma Saga

It was too far, and too hot, to consider pushing on to Wauconda pass today so I took a short day and spent it in Tonasket. Met Wes and Shawn from Detroit who are doing Portland to Portland. Wes just retired and didn't waste any time getting out on tour.

Tonasket has a nice feel about...

Barn Bicycle Camping to Omak 2013-07-18 60 Soma Saga

The early morning ride down the Methow valley was quite nice. The town of Winthrop is all decked out in old west attire, touristy, but nice. I got there just as the store was opening hoping to get some oranges but there were none to be had. So it was on to Twisp by a nice back road. A nice...

Colonial Creek to Barn Bicycle Camping 2013-07-17 60 Soma Saga

This was the big day over Rainy and Washington Passes. The climb started right away but then eased up for a while. Now that I was past the hydro-electric stuff the scenery was much more beautiful.

It was a long slow climb. It never looked steep, but all I could manage was about 4 mph....

Weekly Commute 2013-07-17 25 Armstrong

3 days on my cruiser. Really liking this bike.

Rockport to Colonial Creek 2013-07-16 40 Soma Saga

Got out by 7:50. The sun was already shining and it was warming up quickly. The ride to Marblemount was on a very quiet back road. Very pleasant. Had to beg for wi-fi at the Buffalo Inn so I could text Linda.

After Marblemount the road got narrower and more uphill and soon entered the...

Walker Creek to Rockport 2013-07-15 54 Soma Saga

Got an early start, out by 7:15. Low clouds and cool. Second breakfast in Sedro Woolley. The route takes the South Skagit highway to Concrete. Nice low traffic road but there was some road work going on and a bunch of gravel trucks. The Skagit River is quite a bit bigger than the Willamette...

Cascadia Park 2013-07-14 67 Soma Saga

One way. Met Linda for ride home. Got there before the heat. Wind from the north, kept the air pretty clear. Still green and lush along the Santiam. The distance to Casadia Park is actually about 62. I had 5 miles on the odometer from yesterday.

Weekly Commute 2013-07-12 66 Soma Saga

Another easy recover week. Time to start picking it up now.

Amith Loop - Decker Road 2013-07-06 54 Soma Saga

Still in recovery mode, but starting to prepare for a tour in 2 weeks. Put on my front touring rack and got some Ortlieb front panniers. Windy day, hot in the sun, cool in the shade.

Soap Creek 2013-07-04 24 Soma Saga

Short recovery ride, with climbing. Looking to lay low for the rest of the week, and then slowly start building back up for this summers tour starting mid-month. Cooler this morning after a real heat wave.

Weekly Commute 2013-07-03 20 Armstrong

3 days of recovery riding on my town cruiser.

Mary's Peak 2013-06-29 64 Giant OCR2

Late start, hot day, hard ride.

Weekly Commute 2013-06-28 104 Soma Saga

Monday it was too cold for a long ride, and Friday it was too hot. In between I got in one ride to Philomath and then out Fern to Decker Rd. and back Bellfountain. Thursday I rode to Albany, back on Springhill. Heat wave for the next few days now.

Sweet Home and beyond 2013-06-22 125 Soma Saga

My first double metric century. The longest day of the year, and the longest ride of my life. A couple of weeks ago I did the Strawberry Century on my road bike. It wore me out pretty good, not the distance or the time, but the fast pace. I reasoned that if I just took it easy, and took all day...

Weekly Commute 2013-06-21 62 Soma Saga

Mostly a recovery week. Weather still unsettled. Some rain, some sun, and lots of wind.

Weekly Commute 2013-06-15 82 Soma Saga

Cool, windy, some rain, nicer on Friday. One ride to Philomath and some meanderings.

Armitage Park 2013-06-15 102 Soma Saga

First century on the Saga. Nice day but had to fight some head wind on the way back from Brownsville. One of the highlights was Gap road that cut through the Coberg hills. Very nice wooded country. Wanted to try for even more miles but got a late start. As it was I was out for 10 hours.

Armitage Park 2013-06-15 102 Soma Saga

First century on the Saga. Nice day but had to fight some head wind on the way back from Brownsville. One of the highlights was Gap road that cut through the Coberg hills. Very nice wooded country. Wanted to try for even more miles but got a late start. As it was I was out for 10 hours.

Strawberry Century 2013-06-08 101 Giant OCR2

More to come

Weekly Commute 2013-06-07 105 Soma Saga

Another great week with some long rides, including a longer morning ride.

McKenzie Pass 2013-06-01 53 Soma Saga

Spectacular, except for the long drive to get there. Will write a blog post.

Weekly Commute 2013-05-31 50 Soma Saga

Some rain, lots of wind. Nicer by Friday. 4 day week. One ride to Philomath.

Shedd - Plainview - Tangent 2013-05-26 50 Soma Saga

My goal was Waterloo, but I missed the turn at Plainview. Ended up going too far south, so I looped back to Seven Mile and took it north to Tangent Rd. Windy and some showers.

Weekly Commute 2013-05-24 26 Soma Saga

Not a typical commuting week. In Portland for DrupalCon. Rode to Albany and took the train. Commuted from NW to the Convention Center, about 3 miles a day over the Steel bridge. What a gas to be out riding with all the Portlanders.

Weekly Commute 2013-05-17 70 Soma Saga

Cooler, even a little rain. Mostly took it easy. Not riding much this weekend either. This is looking like a recovery month.

Weekly Commute 2013-05-09 50 Soma Saga

Short week. Big weekend

Weekly Commute 2013-05-04 70 Soma Saga

Took it easy this week. Great riding weather, with some wind in the afternoons.

Dallas 2013-05-04 67 Giant OCR2

Finally got someone to ride with. Manuel is a younger, much faster, ex-racer. He's also part of a really cool team - http://www.organicathlete.org/. We headed out over Lewisberg Saddle and Soap Creek - Berry Creek to Airlie road. Then KIngs Valley...

Heart of the Valley 2013-04-27 68 Giant OCR2

Nice organized ride put on by http://groups.oregonstate.edu/scavma/ride-heart-valley. Small group of about 20 did the long loop out to Harrisburg. Perfect day. Warm and sunny with no wind. I felt good and kept a fast pace the...

Weekly Commute 2013-04-26 100 Soma Saga

Longest weekly commute by far. Gorgeous days in the mid to upper 70s. Windy early in the week, but absolutely still on Friday. Getting used to the Brooks saddle. Didn't notice it much at all today. Very green now. Best time of year for long rides when its not too windy.

Jefferson - Independence 2013-04-20 72 Giant OCR2

Started with the bike club - the early group. Hung in a group at a 20 mph pace out Tangent road to Seven Mile road. I was fine until we hit the freeway overpass where I fell off the back. Caught up and got dropped again twice until I had it. Continued on solo to Jefferson, Talbot, Buena Vista,...

Weekly Commute 2013-04-19 67 Soma Saga
Monmouth 2013-04-13 66 Soma Saga

Lewisberg saddle - Soap Creek - Berry Creek - Airlee - Suver - Corvallis Rd - Buena Vista - Independence - Monmouth - Helmick Rd - Suver - Corvallis Rd - Independence Hwy - Pettibone - Granger - Hwy 20 - Corvallis - Home
First some rain, then some wind. Actually a lot of wind, all the way...

Weekly Commute 2013-04-12 82 Soma Saga

3 afternoon rides. Mixed weather. No real rain but cool and windy.

Short Ride 2013-04-06 34 Giant OCR2

Rain and wind in the forecast, I had a hard time getting out. It looked like the rain was holding off, so I headed north. I soon realized I had a strong tailwind and didn't want to end up 29 miles north and have to ride back into it, so I turned back on highway 20 into the wind. Just about wore...

Weekly Commute 2013-04-05 61 Soma Saga

Some lite rain. Two good afternoon rides to Philomath.

Willamette Park 2013-03-31 15 Soma Saga

Took Frodo in the trailer. He didn't like it much, but he did like running with the bikes once we got to the park. It was hot. Too hot for the last day of March. I was grateful when some clouds rolled in on the way home.

Albany - Peoria - Philomath 2013-03-30 72 Soma Saga

Met the MVBC "social ride" today. About 15 people left the Aquatic center at 10. Short ride to Albany. Nice easy pace. Nice people. I wanted a longer ride so I continued on to Peoria and then Philomath. First shorts and short sleeve jersey day. Got up to 77.

Weekly Commute 2013-03-29 60 Soma Saga

Nice rides Monday any Friday, mixed in between. 70 on Friday.

Independence 2013-03-24 63 Soma Saga

Started out over Sulphur Springs Soap Creek. Was headed for Airlee but realized I didn't have my pump. Headed back on 99 home to get my pump. Then out Independence / Corvallis Rd. to the far end of Buena Vista Rd. and back that way. Started out cold but got up to the low 50s eventually.

Weekly Commute 2013-03-22 62 Soma Saga

Nice on Monday, then rain, better on Thursday, cold on Friday. Sounds like Spring.

Decker Road 2013-03-17 37 Soma Saga

But not over the hill. South on 99 to Airport, west to Fern, then Peterson to Decker. I was heading for the hill but instead turned south on Beaver Creek road and went as far as the pavement. Back Decker to Bellfountain to Plymouth and back through town. A little rain at the start. The sun was...

Peoria 2013-03-16 38 Giant OCR2

Headed out into a gray day. Forecast called for rain. Into the wind going out. the rain started on the return loop, but it was a light drizzle the rest of the way home.

Weekly Commute 2013-03-15 87 Soma Saga

I really took advantage of daylight savings time this week. Plus great weather with afternoon temps in the 60s. Good afternoon rides every day.

Weekly COmmute 2013-03-08 68 Soma Saga

First 60+ mile week commuting. 3 good afternoon rides. 2 to Philomath and one loop through Bald Hill Park and then back to the bike path. Next week is daylight savings time so the days will be even longer.

Decker Road - Lewisberg - Crescent Valley 2013-03-03 40 Giant OCR2

A sunny day! Got a flat going up Decker and had a sunny spot to fix it. A little windy though. Wore me out.

Soap Creek Airlee Rd. Independence Hwy 2013-03-02 38 Disc Trucker

Gray day, slow ride. A little gravel.

Weekly Commute 2013-02-28 49 Soma Saga

60 degrees Friday afternoon. Rode to Philomath.

Peoria - Oakville 2013-02-24 48 Soma Saga

Sunny but windy, mostly from the South. Fayetteville road to Green Valley and eventually Oakville across 34 to Riverside and back.

North then South 2013-02-23 20 Soma Saga

Wind in my face from three directions. Short ride just to get out.

Weekly Commute 2013-02-22 38 Soma Saga

Some rain, some wind, not as nice as last week but not too bad.

Cardwell Hill - Kings Valley 2013-02-16 45 Disc Trucker

Made it over Cardwell Hill. Turns out I was at the top last time I did it. Very muddy downhill to Mary's river, then gravel for a few more miles. On to Kings Valley and Maxfield Creek to Airlee. Then Berry Creek and more gravel to Soap Creek. Up Soap Creek and Sulphur Springs to Lewisberg Saddle...

Weekly Commute 2013-02-15 55 Soma Saga

Nice week. More daylight and no rain. Even a little sun late in the week. Rode to Philomath after work on Friday

Albany - Riveerside 2013-02-10 34 Giant OCR2

No rain, but no sun either. I struggled just to get 34 miles

Weekly Commute 2013-02-08 45 Soma Saga

Not a bad week. Mostly warmer, a little rain, a little fog, but some nice afternoons as well. Days are getting longer and I have daylight most of the time now.

Dimple Hill - Cardwell Hill 2013-02-02 22 Disc Trucker

Fog in the valley. Got to ride above it. Very nice. Some tough climbs today. It looks like Cardwell Hill road will go all the way through to Kings Valley Road. Can't wait for a good day to try it.

Weekly Commute 2013-01-31 40 Soma Saga

Much nicer. 40s in the morning 50s in the afternoon. Mostly dry.

Buena Vista 2013-01-27 38 Soma Saga

Wet ride, but not too cold.

Weekly Commute 2013-01-25 23 Soma Saga

3 days The cold spell finally snapped Back to 40 degree rain

Decker Road 2013-01-20 36 Soma Saga

I finally forced my self out into the freezing fog. I headed to Philomath and out 34 on the slim hope that I would get above it. I didn't. It was thicker at the higher elevations. But traffic was light and overall it was a pleasant ride.

Weekly Commute 2013-01-18 46 Soma Saga

Cold, cold, and colder. Did not get much above freezing all week, and then the fog set in. Amazingly no ice. I was able to stay mostly warm enough except for my fingers. Maybe even looking forward to some warmer rain.

Cardwell Hill Road 2013-01-12 19 Soma Saga

Through town, out Oak Creek, up Cradwell Hill about another mile. Up a steep hill to a gate. At this point it turns to a very old gravel road. The map shows it connecting to Kings Valley road but that will have to wait for another day on a different bike. Very cold. 20s over night and just...

Weekly Commute 2013-01-11 40 Soma Saga

Another cold week. Not much rain though. Days are slowly getting longer.

Dimple Hill 2013-01-06 12 Disc Trucker

Up Dan's, down Horse Nice day

Weekly Commute 2013-01-04 34 Soma Saga

Short cold week to start off the new year. Two mornings in the mid 20s but dry so no ice. I can handle the cold (barely) but I fear ice. Warmed back up to upper 30s now.

Dimple Hill 2012-12-31 12 Disc Trucker

Last ride of the year. Up Horse Trail and down Dan's Trail. Quite muddy. Cold day but no rain. Looking forward to more great rides next year.

Philomath 2012-12-29 23 Disc Trucker

Rolled over 5k miles for the year. Cold day, but dry. Rode the Mt. Trucker even though I stayed on the road. A great all purpose bike.

Weekly Commute 2012-12-28 21 Soma Saga

3 days. No rain. Last commute of the year. It was a good one.

Buena Vista - Albany - Riverside 2012-12-24 51 Soma Saga

You know the feeling. You're cruising along a 17 mph thinking "man I'm feeling pretty good today". Before you know it you 20 mile out and that's when you realize you've had a strong tailwind the whole time and now you're going to have to slog you're way through it all the way back. Well at least...

Philomath 2012-12-22 24 Disc Trucker

Looking at my ride stats I saw that only needed 106 miles to make 5,000 for the year. With 9 days to go this is totally doable. Nothing like a goal to get me off my butt. It was cold and drizzling when I left and rained pretty good about half way through. Took the mountain Trucker even though it...

Weekly Commute 2012-12-21 35 Soma Saga

Snow, wind, rain, and all of the above. A miserably week of riding. Actually I did have one pleasant ride home when it warmed up to about 45 degrees and stopped raining. It is certainly winter.

Weekly Commute 2012-12-14 46 Soma Saga

Seems like I missed most of the rain this week. Some cold fog in the morning but no freezing yet. Got in an extra ride on Friday. Left work early and rode to Philomath. The sun was out the whole time but as soon as I got home it poured.

Dimple Hill 2012-12-09 19 Disc Trucker

Up Horse trail, down Dan's trail. Then out to hwy. 20 for a few extra miles. Dark and gray but no rain. Cold but still got quit warm on the climb. Last week I rode up 610 which was pretty steep so this time I tried lower Horse trail. It was also steep and because of the mud, I had to stop and...

Weekly Commute 2012-12-07 37 Soma Saga

Not much rain really. A bit cold, grey, and wet, but didn't have to ride through the rain much.

Dan's Trail 2012-12-01 12 Disc Trucker

Jackson Creek Road to 610. Past the first connection to Horse Trail to road gets steep. Up the top part of Horse Trail to 600. Up Dimple Hill and down Dan's trail. Even with all the rain the trails are in great shape.

Weekly Commute 2012-11-30 35 Soma Saga

Cold and rainy,but not every ride. Some fog too

Philomath 2012-11-24 22 Soma Saga

Slow, meandering ride in the rain. Lunch at the bakery. Mostly light rain and fairly warm.

Horse Trail - Dan's Trail 2012-11-23 15 Disc Trucker

I'm really enjoying the Mountain Trucker on the trails. I guess these are not real MTB trails like those in Ashland. A full suspension bike would be way overkill on these trails. They're mostly smooth with just a few small roots and no rocks. It started raining lightly on the way up, and just...

Springhill -Riverside 2012-11-22 34 Soma Saga

Cold but dry. Took Palestine Road to Scenic. Bryant was closed due to flooding, but I got through fine.

Weekly Commute 2012-11-21 25 Soma Saga

3 days. Some heavy rain, and some flooding. Water up to my pedals on Higland after a day of heavy rain.

Weekly Commute 2012-11-16 44 Soma Saga

Mostly avoided the rain this week. No extra miles.

Dimple Hill - Horse trail 2012-11-10 12 Disc Trucker

2nd ride on the mountain trucker. Up Oak creek and over on road 600 and up Dimple Hill. Was going to just ride across to Sulphur Springs road but Horse trail looked too inviting. What a great trail! Perfect for my bike. Road all the way down to Chip Ross park.

Weekly Commute 2012-11-09 40 Soma Saga

The miles will drop off sharply now that its dark when I leave work. A little dryer this week. Added my Seca light for extra light when I need it. The dynamo light is good, but I'm spoiled by the brightness of the Seca.

Mountain Trucker II 2012-11-04 15 Disc Trucker

The Disc Trucker has been reincarnated as an off road tourer. Yes, this was the bike that was wrecked in the crash on July 31, but even getting hit by a car cannot keep a good Surly down. The frame has been hanging in the garage waiting until I got around to rebuilding it. Since I now have the...

Weekly Commute 2012-11-03 52 Soma Saga

The first 10 days of October were dry, but the next 20 were very wet. I still managed to not get rained on every ride. I would really like to find some waterproof rain pants.

Weekly Commute 2012-10-27 45 Soma Saga

The rain is upon us, but Thurs and Fri afternoons were nice. Mornings have been cold but not too dark yet.

Albany - Riverside 2012-10-20 34 Soma Saga

Started out in light rain but it let up. Almost got sunny a few times. Windy from the south though. Lost my gloves. Went back later in the car and found one of them.

Weekly Commute 2012-10-19 64 Soma Saga

Some rain but still got in some good rides. Still have light on both ends but not for long. May need better rain pants if such things exist.

Weekly Commute 2012-10-12 62 Soma Saga

The rainy season has begun. The endless summer lasted through Thursday. Actually Thursday morning was cold and foggy, but then the sun came out. Friday morning was warmer and cloudy, and then the rain started. Did a long ride on the way home to get used to it. Got pretty wet. I need better rain...

Buena Vista - Jefferson - Albany 2012-10-07 58 Soma Saga

Took the ferry and then the WVSB. Beautiful day. Got out early and it was quite cool, but it warmed up fast. Stopped and talked to the guy who has Belgians on Scravel Hill Road. Very impressive. Made my day. He enters them in pulling competition at state fairs. His team won at the Calgary...

Weekly Commute 2012-10-05 62 Soma Saga

Endless summer. Mornings are cooler and darker but days are still warm and sunny. 2 rides to Philomath and one just around town. Seems like I'm getting to work much faster on the Saga then I did on the Trucker.

Philomath 2012-09-30 22 Soma Saga

Gorgeous day. The air was clean, warm but not hot. Not quite fall but perfect late summer.

Buena Vista - Monmouth - Airlie 2012-09-28 62 Giant OCR2

Was about to take the ferry but changed my mind. Crossed over from Independence through Monmouth and Monmouth Highway to Kings Valley road. Then left on Airlie back to 99. Lots of traffic on Airline, even log trucks.
The road bike felt nimble after 10 days on the Saga. I may have to raise...

Town - bike shop and co-op 2012-09-28 10 Soma Saga

After a morning on the road bike the bars on the Saga sure seem high. Definitely more comfortable though. I may have to try lowering them on the Saga and raising them on the road bike so they are not so radically different like they are now.
It got quite hot this afternoon.

Beachside Park to Home 2012-09-25 73 Soma Saga

Decision day. I could have stayed out a couple more days, but really had no destination. I stopped at the Forest Service office in Waldport to get a map, but then proceeded on to highway 34.

Once got out on Alsea highway I could smell the barn and there was nothing stopping me. I was...

Lincoln City to Beachside State Park 2012-09-24 50 Soma Saga

Hung out with Linda and JJ at the motel until almost 11:00. It was a cooler, hazy day. The sun was shining but couln't generate much heat.

Otter Crest Loop was today's highlight. A too short section of road where only south bound traffic and bikes were allowed. Great views.

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Scott's House to Lincoln City 2012-09-23 10 Soma Saga

Not much riding today which allowed me to relax and spend the moring visiting with Scott and Terri. They've been living there in the woods near the Salmon river since 1980. Probably the most stable people I know.

I headed back via North Bank road to Three Rocks Road to 101. On the...

Cape Lookout to Scott's house 2012-09-22 45 Soma Saga

It was hard to leave such a spectacular spot as Cape Lookout. Beau decided to lay over a day. Probably the last I'll see of him.

The day started with a big climb. Charley, whom I met the night before, and his friend Bill who joined him for a day ride, were riding with me. Bills wife...

Nehalem Bay to Cape Lookout State Park 2012-09-21 50 Soma Saga

Today was the day when it all came together to make the whole trip worthwhile. I took an alternate route on Foley Creek and Miami River which got me off of 101 for 15 miles. I was hoping it would be sunny a bit further inland but no such luck. More misty clouds but a nice ride through a pretty...

Fort Stevens to Nehalem Bay State Park 2012-09-20 41 Soma Saga

Met Beau Bassett at the bike camp. He is riding from Washington to Santa Cruz, stoping at high schools to talk to them about community service programs. Very interesting guy. The day started out misty but them got dry through Seaside and Cannon Beach. Had lunch and did laundry at Cannon Beach...

Jewel to Fort Stevens State Park 2012-09-19 52 Soma Saga

Woke up to gray skies. A few miles of moderate climbing into the fog, and then 20 miles downhill in the mist. Got damp but not too cold. Stoped at Onley for hot tea, which helped warm me up. Lady there said the reason the road was so quiet was because the woods were closed to logging due to...

Stub Stewart to Jewel 2012-09-18 52 Soma Saga

Actually west of Jewel free camping before the big climb. I had a much better day today. The first 10 miles was on the Banks Vernonia bike path. Awesome, especially because it's not all up hill like the first 10 miles was. In Vernonia Anderson park is right at the end of the path and there...

Lafayette to Stub Stewart State Park 2012-09-17 54 Soma Saga

Long hot day on a lot of roads I have never been on. The route I was following took me on a gravel road. The gravel was a bit loose and I decided to head over to highway 42 instead. Big mistake. There was no shoulder and a bunch of big grain hauler trucks that came way to close. I bailed on...

Corvallis to Lafayatte 2012-09-16 52 Soma Saga

Day one of my Coast Loop. Definitely a bit of trepidation less than two months from being hit by a car. I rode on 99W most of the day, which has a nice wide shoulder but plenty of traffic. Still tense up with each approaching car. I hope to be on quieter roads tomorrow.

Weekly Commute + 2012-09-15 80 Soma Saga

First week with the Saga. Had my panniers on and loaded in a little more each day to get used to riding with a load. The Saga handles great with a good load. I think I'm ready. Leaving in the morning.

Philomath and Crescent Valley 2012-09-09 25 Soma Saga

First ride on the new touring bike, the 'Saga'. Picked it up from the bike shop and just rode around a bit. Handles like a good touring bike should. I will commute with it this week to get ready from my trip to the coast in one week.

Town and shopping 2012-09-08 10 Armstrong

This ride was actually on the MTB, but yesterday's was on the town bike so I wanted to log some miles to it. These are the first mile logged to my new, old, town cruiser.

Weekly Commute 2012-09-07 40 Rock Hopper

Actually road my new old town cruiser on Friday. More on this bike to come. New touring bike will also be ready soon.

Decker Road - Bellfountain 2012-09-03 52 Giant OCR2

Out 34, over Decker and then out and back on Bellfountain. First back-to-back road ride since getting whacked. My legs had nothing on the hills coming back.

Ricreall 2012-09-02 55 Giant OCR2

Scouting the route north. Rode on 99 for a while to get re-hardened to cars zooming by. Of course most of 99w between Corvallis and Monmouth has a 6 to 12 foot shoulder. There is a bike path from Monmouth to Rickreall. Nothing too exciting as it just parallels the highway but good pavement...

Weekly Commute 2012-08-31 60 Rock Hopper

Another week on the MTB. One nice ride to Philomath. Greate weather this week.

Back on the road 2012-08-25 50 Giant OCR2

First road ride since getting hit. Felt great. Legs well rested. Buena Vista, Albany, back on Riverside. Nice day.

Weekly Commute 2012-08-24 40 Rock Hopper

Another week on the mountain bike. No long afternoon rides. Mornings are getting cooler.

Weekly Commute 2012-08-17 32 Rock Hopper

Using the MTB to commute now. Still awaiting repair estimate on the Trucker. I'm able to ride okay. Left leg is pretty banged up but is better each day. Enjoyed riding the bus last week.

Town 2012-08-11 10 Rock Hopper

First ride since getting hit by a car 12 days ago. Rode the mountain bike into town to checkup on the trucker2. They haven't done anything yet. Felt fine riding. Will start commuting again on Monday.

Whacked 2012-07-31 28 Disc Trucker

This month's riding came to a screeching halt as a kid in a car hit me on Walnut street as I was returning home from a very pleasant afternoon ride to Philomath. Both the Trucker2 and I are banged up, but not broken.

Aufderheide Scenic Drive 2012-07-29 46 Disc Trucker

Drove up the McKenzie highway to Blue River. Linda continued on to campground and I rode.

Weekly Commute 2012-07-27 70 Disc Trucker

Perfect riding temperature but still lots of wind. Can't have it all. Discovered nice dirt road by Crystal Lakes park.

Cheshire - one way 2012-07-22 48 Giant OCR2

Linda was going to visit an old friend of her's at their cabin 8 miles west of Cheshire on Hwy 36. I took Bellfountain through Alpine to Monroe, and then Territorial to Cheshire. The final 8 miles on 36 had some climbing, but then dropped back Dow again to their place which is just across from...

Weekly Commute 2012-07-20 77 Disc Trucker

Cooler and windy. Had fun riding trails in Bald Hill Park on Friday.

Alsea Falls Over Night 2012-07-15 77 Disc Trucker

Cycle Oregon was in town for there weekend ride. They were coming down while I was going up. Pretty hard going loaded by the steep hill. Was able to keep a bail out gear most of the way. CO was setup for lunch at the day use area so I pulled in a joind them. What's one my cyclist. People looked...

Weekly Commute 2012-07-13 73 Disc Trucker

Sun, lots of it. Got too hot for a long ride one day. My old friend the wind is back too

Brownsville Over Night 2012-07-08 84 Disc Trucker

Over night camping trip to Brownsville Pioneer Park with Linda and JJ. They took the car. I roadie tale long way via Bellfountain and Harrisburg.

Weekly Commute 2012-07-06 88 Disc Trucker

Summer is in full swing now. A 4 day week with long rides after work each day, and even some longer routes going in. Rode the easy trail in Bald Hill park a couple of times to see how the Trucker2 handled with the new bars. Very good actually. I'm still not sure if they are the right thing for a...

Albany - Riverside 2012-06-30 30 Giant OCR2

Easy ride to get the miles. A little wet but warm.

Weekly Commute 2012-06-29 50 Disc Trucker

Cool some rain. Afternoons nice. One ride to Philomath.

Mountain Lakes Challenge 2012-06-23 96 Giant OCR2

Cold, wet and beautiful. The rain held off most of the day, but dumped going down DIM. I did okay. Glad I could do it but probably won't try again.

Weekly Commute 2012-06-21 35 Disc Trucker

4 day week. Heading to Ashland tomorrow.

Decker Road 2012-06-20 36 Giant OCR2

Nice after work road ride on the longest day of the year. Needed to test the road bike after having some work done yesterday and before the big ride Saturday. Rode hard and did the hill east to west so I would be coming back on 34. Got pretty windy as I was coming back into town.

Sulphur Springs Soap Creek 2012-06-16 22 Giant OCR2

Up and over and down to Tampico road and then back up and over from the back side. Good hard short ride. Nice and warm.

Town 2012-06-16 15 Rock Hopper

A couple of trips with the trailer. Hauled some old bike parts to the bike collective, and took my road bike to the shop.

Weekly Commute 2012-06-15 60 Disc Trucker

Nice cool mornings and warm afternoons. Windy from the west. One ride to Philomath but some extra miles every day.

Alsea Loop 2012-06-10 70 Giant OCR2

Same ride as a few weeks ago only clockwise and without Mary's Peak. The climb from Alpine is much steeper than the other side, but not very long. Don't know what the grade is but I'm guessing over 10%. I wanted to SE how hard it was because it would be nice to be able to do it on the touring...

Peoria 2012-06-09 35 Disc Trucker

Got Linda to go with me. Practice for an overnight. It was a bit too long for her. Cool and breezy but no rain.

Weekly Commute 2012-06-08 70 Disc Trucker

Some rain, some sun. Nice enough in the afternoon to put on some miles.

Brownsville 2012-06-03 60 Giant OCR2

Brownsville via the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

Oak Creek - West Hills 2012-06-01 22 Giant OCR2

Was able to get out for a short ride. Warm but windy with a few sprinkles. Went straight up Oak Creek Road. Gets very steep toward the end. Then through Balld Hill and back over West Hills, through town and out Hwy 20 to Connifer.

Weekly Commute 2012-05-29 40 Disc Trucker

Short week. Better weather

Sulphur Prings - Soap Creek 2012-05-28 21 Giant OCR2

Short ride with lots of climbing. Cloudy and cool.

Weekly Commute 2012-05-25 40 Disc Trucker

Back to winter. Rain everyday except Friday. Sunny but windy Friday afternoon.

Willamette Mission Park 2012-05-20 112 Disc Trucker

Overnight camping trip on the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.

Weekly Commute 2012-05-18 54 Disc Trucker

Another week of good weather. One ride to Philomath and a few around town

Mary's Peak - Alsea Falls 2012-05-12 90 Giant OCR2

I needed a long hard ride to get ready for the MLC. This one is the closest thing we have around here. First up Mary's Peak which is hard enough by itself. I'm convinced now that most of it is steeper than Mt. Ashland, or it could just be the extra weight I'm carrying. It was a hot day, but much...

Weekly Commute 2012-05-11 75 Disc Trucker

Finally a week of good weather. 3 longer after work rides, 2 to Philomath. Taking a longer route some mornings as well.

Decker Road - Smith Loop 2012-05-05 48 Disc Trucker

Not quite warm enough or too warm with my wind breaker. Lazy ride with the trucker2 partly loaded. No problem on the hills as long as I'm not in a hurry.

Weekly Commute 2012-05-04 43 Disc Trucker

Still winter like most days. Getting in a few extra miles but not many. Enjoying riding the new Trucker.

Kings Valley - Pedee 2012-04-29 60 Giant OCR2

Out through Philomath and Wren. Cloudy but warm, with the sun peeking through. Took the road bike to see how it felt after a week on the Trucker. Fist thing I noticed is how much harder you have to squeeze the brakes without disk brakes. Started out kind of slow but picked up as I went. Didn't...

Around town with Linda and JJ 2012-04-28 15 Disc Trucker

Tried out the Trucker2 with a load. Loaded up with books at the Library, lot;s of weight. Rode fine, just like I expected.

Weekly Commute 2012-04-27 41 Disc Trucker

Truckin' to work. Got colder each day. Back to Winter now.
Linda started ridding in with me a couple of times a week.

Independence via Jefferson on the WVSB 2012-04-22 71 Disc Trucker

Gave trucker 2 a good shake down ride today. I wanted to see what the route was like on the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway going north from Albany. Getting through Albany was a pain and between Albany and Jefferson the route crossed several very busy roads. Then once your on Scravel Hill road...

Trucker 2 maiden voyage 2012-04-21 45 Disc Trucker

A new bike and a summer like day. Took Riverside to Albany then back on Springhill, Scenic, Palestine, and Indendence. Then back to the bike shop for some adjustments.

Weekly Commute 2012-04-20 41 Alez

Rain on Monday AM, then nice. Warmer and mostly dry the rest of the week.

Soap Creek - Albany - Riverside 2012-04-14 45 Giant OCR2

Up over Sulphur Spriings and down Soap Creek. Across on Sprighill and back on Riverside. Warm and sunny. Got down to just a short sleeve jersey. Nice.

Weekly Commute 2012-04-13 35 Alez

Finally some nice weather. No rain gear this week. It did rain, but not during commute times. After work I was test riding possible trucker replacements at the local bike shops. Found one I really like.

Yachats River Road 2012-04-09 22 Giant OCR2

40 years ago I lived 10 miles up the Yachats River, so I was pretty excited to have a chance to ride there. I was cool and quite windy at the beach so I didn't know what to expect but the wind was offshore so if it kept up at lest it would be at my back on the way in. Turned out to be much...

Waldport 2012-04-07 68 Giant OCR2

Birthday ride plus 4. Nice and sunny to start. Clouded over about half way but still nice

Weekly Commute 2012-04-06 35 Alez

Rain finally let up on Friday. Getting tired of the rain gear routine.

Philomath 2012-03-31 25 Alez

It stopped raining and by early afternoon the sun was peaking through. Went in to town to test ride a LHT.

Weekly Commute 2012-03-30 35 Alez

Rain, rain, rain. The wettest week of commuting since I got to Corvallis.

Monroe via Philomath and Bellfountain 2012-03-24 60 Giant OCR2

After a week a DrupalCon Denver it was really good to get back on the bike. Forecast was for showers but it turned out to be mostly sunny. Took Fern road out of Philomath to Decker Rd., then Bellfountain to Alpine. From Monroe I tried to find a way though town to get to Old River Road but could...

Kiger Island Drive 2012-03-17 24 Alez

Pulled the kid trailer into town. Left Linda and JJ at the park next to the Library. Headed south, just a few miles out of town. Kiger Island is formed by a big slough off of the Willamette. Lots of nice farms and orchards. Got rained on a few times.

Weekly Commute 2012-03-16 49 Alez

Darker in the mornings again. Several rainy rides. Got pretty wet on one.

Weekly Commute 2012-03-09 54 Alez

Cold mornings and warm afternoons. 3 longer rides after work. Next week starts DST so maybe more longer rides.

Independence 2012-03-04 60 Giant OCR2

Independence Hwy - Corvallis Road. Back Buena Vista Rd - Springhill - Albany -Bryant -Riverside. Started out overcast but got sunny.

Weekly Commute 2012-03-02 44 Alez

Most of these miles were actually last month. March came in with 4 inches of snow. Rode my mountain bike on day. Nicer on Friday.

South town - Philomath 2012-02-25 27 Alez

Some sun, some wind, some rain, and some hail. My toes are still cold. Did see a nice rainbow.

Weekly Commpute 2012-02-24 46 Alez

Colder, some rain. One nice after work ride

Weekly Commute 2012-02-17 46 Alez

Some fog, some rain, one nice ride after work.

Decker Rd. Smith Loop 2012-02-11 50 Giant OCR2

Out through Philomath to hwy 34 Decker to Greenberry to Smith Loop. Llewelyn to Fern to Chapel to Plymouth into Corvallis. Hwy 20 to Connifer home. Started out partly sunny but then clouded over.

Weekly Commute 2012-02-10 40 Alez

Some rain, but not bad. Not too cold. Mostly quite enjoyable.

Buena Vista 2012-02-04 40 Giant OCR2

Sunny and cool. Great views of the Cascades today. This route could become a favorite.

Weekly Commpute 2012-02-03 50 Alez

Some of these miles were last weekend which was last month. No rain, cool clear mornings and sunny days. Took the long way home several evenings,

Peoria via Albany 2012-01-28 40 Giant OCR2

Cold but sunny day after fog lifted. Bryant road was closed due to flood. Still lots of high water.

Weekly Commutr 2012-01-27 53 Alez

Plus around town last weekend. Some rain, some cold, but nothing like last week.

Weekly Commpute 2012-01-20 32 Alez

Snow, slush, rain, and floods. Rode my mountain bike Monday due to snow. Then it started raining really hard and by Thursday the rivers were all flooding. Super heavy rain.

Weekly Commute 2012-01-13 36 Alez

Cold, cold, and colder, but no rain, and days are getting longer.

Fern Rd - Bellfountain Rd 2012-01-07 32 Giant OCR2

Walnut Reservoir Philomath Fern Peterson Decker Bellfountain Plymouth through town and home. Sun peeked through a few times.

Weekly Commute 2012-01-06 28 Alez

Not too cold, not too wet. 4 days.

Buena Vista 2012-01-01 35 Giant OCR2

Independence hwy - Springhill - Buena Vista rd - back on Independence. Nice day.

Weekly Commute 2011-12-29 21 Alez

3 days of riding in the rain.

Around town 2011-12-24 18 Alez

Another sunny day. Christmas shopping and just riding.

Albany 2011-12-23 40 Giant OCR2

Out Independence to Spinghill. Back Riverside. Sunny day. Got up to mid 40s

Weekly Commute 2011-12-22 35 Alez

Short week. Warmer then colder. Still no rain.

Weekly Commute 2011-12-16 35 Alez

Cold and foggy. Still not much rain.

Weekly Commute + 2011-12-10 50 Alez

Cold and foggy.

Weekly commute 2011-11-30 25 Alez

Actually 2 weeks. Sort week for holiday and then out sick

Weekly Commute 2011-11-18 37 Alez

Rain, fog, cold, but not too bad. Enjoying the hill going home.

Round about to Albany 2011-11-12 27 Giant OCR2

Highland - Crescent Valley - Mt. View - Arboretum - Ryals - Independence Hwy - Palestine Rd - Scenic - Hwy 20 - Granger - Elliot Cir. Cold but dry.

Weekly Commute 2011-11-11 35 Alez

First full week from new house. Foggy mornings, dark nights.

Weekly Commute 2011-11-04 35 Alez

Cold mornings and getting darker. DST over this weekend.

Weekly Commute 2011-10-28 25 Alez

Another short week

Weekly Commute 2011-10-21 39 Alez

First full week riding from new house.

Weekly Commute 2011-10-14 37 Alez

3 days plus some. Riding from new house. Almost time for lights

Weekly Commute 2011-09-30 64 Alez

Plus 2 trips to Philomath.

Weekly Commute 2011-09-23 64 Alez

Last week riding from Philomath

Weekly Commute 2011-09-16 62 Alez

Almost time for lights in the morning.

Airport Road 2011-09-10 23 Alez

First to new house, then south. Airport to Fern and back. Home before it got too hot. Heat wave in September.

Weekly Commute 2011-09-09 50 Alez

4 days. Still hot

Kings Valley 2011-09-04 53 Giant OCR2

Hot and smoggy in the valley. Loop counter clockwise. Highland - Granger - Independence Hwy - Souver - Airlee - Maxfield Creek - Kings Valley - Home.

Commute - 2 days 2011-09-02 28 Alez

Labor day weekend! I need a break.

Commute - 3 days 2011-08-31 40 Alez

Mornings getting colder but days still hot.

Loop around Corvallis 2011-08-28 40 Alez

First north, then south.

Weekly Commute 2011-08-26 64 Alez

Riding slower and slower

Dimple Hill - Bald Hill 2011-08-21 25 Rock Hopper

And Singletrack! With the road bike out of commission I went for my third MTB ride of the year. Road the "Extendo" trail in McDonald forest and a trail coming down Bald Hill.

Bellfountain Rd 2011-08-20 22 Giant OCR2

Ride aborted due to noise from bottom bracket.

Weekly commute 2011-08-19 68 Alez

Days getting shorter but hotter and still a strong NW wing going home.

Decker ROad 2011-08-14 20 Giant OCR2

Out 34 back Bellfountain and Fern

Weekly Commute 2011-08-12 66 Alez

Days are getting shorter. Cool in the morning.

Soap Creek - Albany 2011-08-06 55 Giant OCR2

Highland to Lewisberg to Soap Creek up and over to Tamico. Adair across to Independence hwy. 20 to Albany across the river. Riverside back to 34.

Weekly Commute 2011-08-05 66 Alez

Another week of mild temps and west winds.

Weekly Commute 2011-07-29 62 Alez

Another week of not too hot temps and cool headwinds

Bellfountain Park 2011-07-24 40 Giant OCR2

Back over Decker. Got a flat with no shade to change it.

Weekly Commute + Shopping 2011-07-23 82 Alez

6 days. Nice and cool all week. Mid 70's. Warmer now.

Weekly Commute 2011-07-15 80 Alez

Plus one shopping trip

Salmonberry park 2011-07-09 55 Giant OCR2

About 7 miles past Alsea. Perfect riding weather. Feeling mostly recoverd though my Achilles is not 100% yet.

Weekly commute 2011-07-08 68 Alez

One nice after work ride. Nice weather but some stiff headwinds to contend with.

Weekly Commute 2011-06-30 50 Alez

4 days, as Thrus is the end of the month. Riding to work in short sleeves now.

Bellfountain Fern roads 2011-06-25 16 Giant OCR2

Not doing too good but at least got some sun.

Weekly Commute 2011-06-23 46 Alez

4 days. Getting warmer but some serious wind in the afternoon. Sick day Friday. Missing the MLC again.

Decker Rd 2011-06-19 32 Giant OCR2

Corvallis Hwy 99 Llewelen. Peterson Decker Hwy 34. Met up with John, Ed, and Kieth.

Weekly Commute 2011-06-17 80 Alez

Getting in some longer rides home with the improving weather. Hit a pothole, 2 pinch flats and no good tubes. Saved by the college bike shop.

Decker Road Mary's Peak 2011-06-11 50 Giant OCR2

Out 34 then back. Then Bellfountain to Decker and back to 34. Then up to Alsea Summit and just 2.5 mi up Mary's.

Weekly Commute 2011-06-10 75 Alez

Actually 6 days. Still cool. Doing ok on the Allez.

Corvallis 2011-06-04 26 Alez

Around town putting up posters for my stolen Trucker. Using the Allez as my town bike now.

Weekly Commute 2011-06-03 30 Long Haul Trucker

The Trucker was stolen.

Weekly Commutekly 2011-05-26 48 Long Haul Trucker

4 Days this week. Cooler with some rain.

Weekly Commute 2011-05-21 63 Long Haul Trucker

Ride your bike to work week and I did

Corvallis 2011-05-15 17 Long Haul Trucker

Shopping and looking at houses

Waterloo 2011-05-14 76 Giant OCR2

Across the valley and over a ridge to the Santiam Valley. Out through Shedd, back through Lebanon and Tangent. Cool and breezy.

Weekly Commute 2011-05-13 74 Long Haul Trucker

Another dry week. Sunny and warm Thus & Fri after work. Did some longer rides.

Corvallis 2011-05-08 35 Long Haul Trucker

Around town, shopping, and looking at houses

Weekly Commute 2011-05-06 70 Long Haul Trucker

From 70 degrees on Tuesday to rain on Friday. Mostly a great week of commuting.

Harrisburg 2011-05-01 62 Giant OCR2

South to Bellfountain the East - cross 99W to Old River Road which becomes Noration to 99E - cross the Willamette into Harrisburg. Back Peoria Road. Nice day. Sunny and around 60.

Kings Valley 2011-04-30 50 Long Haul Trucker

Hwy 20 to Wren, north past Hoskins to Kings Valley. East/Northeast on Maxfield Creek rd. East on Airlie rd. across 99w to Sauver rd South on Independence hwy, Pettibone, hwy 99w into town. Some sprinkles, some sun. Not warm but not bad.

Weekly Commute 2011-04-29 61 Long Haul Trucker

Another mostly dry week, except for a good rain on Friday morning. Tough head winds coming home though.

Alsea 2011-04-23 56 Giant OCR2

Out 34. Summit and Mary's Peak road at 11 miles. Alsea at 20. S. Fork road back up to Alsea Falls. More climbing and the down to Alpine. Back on Bellfountain. Met Joe, John, and Maria.

Weekly Commute 2011-04-22 72 Long Haul Trucker

Lots of sunshine. Started bringing riding clothes for the ride home. Tough headwind a couple of days. Perfect on Friday.

Decker Road 2011-04-17 24 Giant OCR2

Out 34. Back on Bellfountain. Dry the whole way!

Corvallis 2011-04-17 21 Long Haul Trucker

Second ride of the day. It kept getting nicer. Another flat though, in the back. And the tube I put in had a slow leak so I had to keep pumping it up. Did a loop though Willamette park and then went shopping.

McDonald Woods - Indepenhendence Hwy 2011-04-16 37 Long Haul Trucker

Started out misty. The dry all through the wood to Lewisburg Rd. - Granger to Hwy 20 left on Independence Hwy, some other road back to 99. By then it was raining pretty good.

Weekly Commute 2011-04-15 61 Long Haul Trucker

Rain finally caught up with me back to rain gear Thurs and Fri

Weekly Commute 2011-04-08 60 Long Haul Trucker

Actually 4 days of commuting and one day riding around with Linda. Missed all the rain this week. It rained alot, just not when I was out riding.

Monmouth 2011-04-03 63 Giant OCR2

Followed the MVBC route. Some sun but mostly cold. Lot's of hills. Threw in a couple of extra hills on the way back. Got exactly the right miles for my BD ride.

Corvallis 2011-04-02 18 Long Haul Trucker

Shopping and around town. Windy. Got caught in a shower

Weekly Commute 2011-03-31 42 Long Haul Trucker

Just 3 days this week. Getting warmer. Will need to shower on campus soon. Recoding this as March although Friday was April 1.

Weekly commute 2011-03-28 50 Long Haul Trucker

Short week. Ride home can be lovely when it's not raining.

Toothpick 2011-03-26 10 Rock Hopper

Asland visit. Muddy trails. Nice woods.

Bald Hill, West Hills, and SOuth Hills 2011-03-20 20 Long Haul Trucker

Gravel single track to the top of Bald Hill. Great views. Then West Hills, Western to Brookdale, to Nash to 53rd to Bellfountain to Chapel to 19th to home. Light rain.

Weekly Commute + 2011-03-19 70 Long Haul Trucker

Some heavy rain this week and a few dry rides. Short ride to GT farm on Saturday.

Corvallis 2011-03-13 13 Long Haul Trucker

Shopping trip. Got caught in a squall coming home. 40 MPH wind and rain.

Hwy 34 2011-03-12 10 Long Haul Trucker

Road out to look at a place Linda likes.

Bike Path to Corvallis 2011-03-06 12 Long Haul Trucker

Took Linda for her first ride in Corvallis.

McDonald Forest 2011-03-05 20 Long Haul Trucker

Tried out my new tires on the gravel roads. Worked great. Steady climb for 3.5 miles getting steeper as it went. Great views from Dimple Hill at 1478 feet.

Weekly Commute 2011-03-04 67 Long Haul Trucker

A wet week. 3 very wet rides. 2 not so bad. A couple just misty, and some with no rain at all. Didn't miss a day.

Corvallis 2011-02-26 20 Long Haul Trucker

Cold. Took Bellfountain to Airpot to 99 to Coop. Back Plymouth Chapel.

Weekly Commute 2011-02-25 38 Long Haul Trucker

Rode the bus 2 days due to snow and ice. Still very cold.

Weekly Commute 2011-02-18 49 Long Haul Trucker

4 days. It looked like the roads would be icy on Thursday so I took the bus. Rain Monday and Tuesday.

Around Corvallis 2011-02-12 29 Long Haul Trucker

First up Oak creek to the start of th McDonald forrest. Just 6 miles from my door to the MTB trails. Then the rest of the paved bike paths I hadn't done yet. Very windy, but not cold

Weekly Commute 2011-02-11 65 Long Haul Trucker

Still no real rain. Some cold mornings though. Once it warms above 40 I'll have to find a lighter weight rain jacket or risk getting to sweaty on the way in.

Monroe 2011-02-06 50 Giant OCR2

Belfountain to Alpine. Coon road to Monroe. Hyw 99, Old River Road and Smith Loop. Back Lewellian to Fern Road. Some sunshine.

Weekly Commute 2011-02-04 61 Long Haul Trucker

Another week with no rain. Some cold mornings though, and some beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Weekly Commute 2011-01-28 64 Long Haul Trucker

No rain. A little fog. Only need lights about halfway now.

Peoria 2011-01-23 40 Giant OCR2

The sun was out for a while. Decided to try a flat valley. Very nice. Some great views of the Willamette.

Town and Hwy 20 2011-01-22 31 Long Haul Trucker

First to town to get brake pads on the Trucker, and groceries. Then home to drop the load and out Hwy 20 to 223 which is the road to King's Valley. Nice climb to 700' on 20.

Weekly Commute 2011-01-21 43 Long Haul Trucker

A 4 day week for MLK. Only got rained on once out of 8 rides. Still dark when I leave but light when I get there. Reverse coming home.

Fern road - Bellfountain rd. 2011-01-17 15 Giant OCR2

The sun came out so I got in a short ride. Lot's of gravel on the main roads, and everything is wet.

Weekly Commute 2011-01-14 50 Long Haul Trucker

Very icy on Monday. Took the bus on Tuesday. Warm and light rain the rest of the week

Weekly Commute 2011-01-07 55 Long Haul Trucker

Looks like I'll probably end up entering each week's commutes as 1 ride. Going good so far. Actually chatting with people on the way home.

Corvallis 2011-01-02 16 Long Haul Trucker

Another trip to campus. Nicer day today. Cold but sunny.

Smith Loop 2011-01-01 33 Giant OCR2

Out Fern road - Llewellyn - across 99 - Smith Loop - across 99 - Decker - Hwy 34. The sun tried to come out but it was mostly cloudy and cold. The roads were mostly dry. Great new year's ride.

Corvallis 2010-12-31 16 Long Haul Trucker

Errands. Cold and clear. Roads mostly dry.

Corvallis 2010-12-30 27 Long Haul Trucker

2 trips. First at 7 AM. On icy roads. Clear here but fog in town. Then again in the sunny afternoon.

Corvallis 2010-12-29 18 Long Haul Trucker

Took 19th to West Hills to Reservoir to 53rd to Campus Way bike path. 27 minutes including stopping to put on rain pants. Got snowed on a bit.

Corvallis 2010-12-28 14 Long Haul Trucker

Typical commute, to work and then the co-op. Raining but not cold. Got a bit overheated on the way in.

Toothpick 2010-12-21 12 Rock Hopper

Back in Ashland. Up Tolman. Some snow and lots of mud.

Bellfountain 2010-12-19 30 Long Haul Trucker

Fog was mostly lifted when I left. Full sun at Bellfountain. Clouded over by the time I got back to Philomath.

OSU 2010-12-18 12 Long Haul Trucker

Test commute in the rain

Corvallis 2010-12-17 25 Long Haul Trucker

Tour de bike paths. Some nice ones. Mileage from home to office 5.5. Will explore possible short cuts.

Corvallis - Philomath 2010-12-16 10 Long Haul Trucker

Dropped the uHaul off and rode around and back. Cold but not raining.

Four Corners 2010-12-12 12 Rock Hopper

Sunny and warm above the fog. Turns on Catwalk have been banked really nice.

Bike path and around town 2010-12-07 30 Long Haul Trucker

Over several days

Toothpick 2010-11-18 10 Rock Hopper

Cold. Snow on Grizzly but none on the trails yet

Toothpick 2010-11-16 10 Rock Hopper

Both lights working. Back in the groove of night riding

Toothpick 2010-11-14 12 Rock Hopper

Up Tolman in the lite rain.

Toothpick 2010-11-11 9 Rock Hopper

First night ride in over a year. Did fine

Applegate Lake 2010-11-06 20 Rock Hopper

Nice day. Some nice colors on the back side. Feeling a bit more comfortable on the mountain bike.

Toothpick 2010-11-05 12 Rock Hopper

Up Caterpiilar. Twice out Toothpick. Trails are not in good shape

Around Town 2010-11-05 30 Long Haul Trucker

Over several days. Shopping and taking JJ in the trailer

Gold Hill 2010-11-01 71 Giant OCR2

Gorgeous fall day. Bike turned 15000 miles and I passed 6000 for the year

Four Corners 2010-10-31 13 Rock Hopper

First time down the trails in a year. Cat Walk was really bumpy. Went slow downhill. Nice day

Orchard Loop 2010-10-29 35 Long Haul Trucker

Reverse loop. Very windy in Ashland but calm in the valley

Valley Loop 2010-10-18 66 Long Haul Trucker

Gold Rey dam is no longer. Out Hanley Scenic Upton. Back Tolo Old Stage Jacksonville

Greensprings Summit 2010-10-15 36 Giant OCR2

Little motivation to climb, but I just kept pedaling.

Valley Loop 2010-10-11 60 Giant OCR2

Nice day. Dark Hollow Jacksonville Scenic Hanly.

Lost Creek Lake 2010-10-10 22 Rock Hopper

Forecast was for rain but it started out sunny. Got cloudy but no rain. Fun to be on the MTB on easy trails.

Bike Path 2010-10-08 42 Giant OCR2

Bad day for Andy. Flats, bad tires, and road rash.

Around town - Talent 2010-10-06 54 Long Haul Trucker

Over several days. Also with JJ in trailer.

Crater Lake 2010-10-02 44 Giant OCR2

Perfect temp. Not as clear as last year due to big fire to the east.

Reverse Lakes Loop 2010-09-25 55 Giant OCR2

Up DIM. Hot at times but cool by the lakes. Front side of the lakes.

Gold Hill 2010-09-24 75 Giant OCR2

Out old Stage. Up the Rogue. Back Table Rock. Road 1 mile of new bike path at Upton.

Orchard Loop - Bike Path 2010-09-21 36 Giant OCR2

Andy is back. Overcast and cool but not as windy as yesterday.

Orchard Loop 2010-09-20 30 Giant OCR2

Short loop. Sunny and cool after several days of rain.

Corvallis 2010-09-16 16 Giant OCR2

Bike path to Philomath, West Hills road back. Rainy.

Around Town 2010-09-15 28 Long Haul Trucker

Over several days.

Valley Loop 2010-09-14 36 Giant OCR2

Out the orchards, back the BCG. First time over the new bridge over Barnett.

Siskiyou Century 2010-09-11 105 Giant OCR2

Perfect day. Not too cold to start and not to hot to finish. Plus no headwind.

Valley Loop 2010-09-06 60 Giant OCR2

Jacksonville Central Point. Another cool sunny day.

Mt. Ashland 2010-09-04 52 Giant OCR2

Cooler day but still warm on the climb. Cool on top. Did Siskiyou summit on the way down

Orchard Loop 2010-09-02 30 Giant OCR2

Easy recovery ride

Siskiyou Summit - Anderson Gap 2010-08-31 82 Giant OCR2

Epic day. After doing old Siskiyou with Dan and Paul, I headed out the valley solo. Anderson gap is 4 miles past the end of Griffin Creek at 9.5%

Orchard Loop - Medford 2010-08-29 42 Giant OCR2

Mid 60s in August. Wonderful.

Lakes Loop plus 2010-08-27 77 Giant OCR2

Perfect day. Low 70s. Added a loop out Keno Access to Burton Flats for an extra 17 miles

Siskiyou Summit 2010-08-25 34 Giant OCR2

Going to be hot today. Nice and clear on top. Smog in the valley

Talent and around town 2010-08-25 29 Long Haul Trucker

Over several days

Wagner Creek 2010-08-17 31 Giant OCR2

Back through the east side orchards.

Orchards -Medford- Anderson Creek 2010-08-15 42 Giant OCR2

Clouds kept it from getting too hot. Took Adams road to Anderson. Nice woods up Anderson Creek.

Siskiyou Summit 2010-08-14 33 Giant OCR2

Got pretty hot coming back into town. Nice tailwind though.

Applegate Lake 2010-08-11 100 Long Haul Trucker

Packed a lunch for an all day ride. Nice and cool most of the day. Back of the lake and up the river.

Lakes Loop 2010-08-07 63 Giant OCR2

Over to Tubb springs, then back of the lakes. Nice on top. Strong wind coming down.

Hilt 2010-08-05 49 Giant OCR2

Up over Siskiyou Summit. Freeway to Hilt to end of pavement.

Orchard Loop 2010-08-03 26 Giant OCR2

Short morning ride while Dan and Paul are in town.

Home from Hyatt Lake 2010-08-02 34 Long Haul Trucker

Had a great campsite on the back side of Hyatt Lake. Wandered around a bit and stopped at Tubb springs, before heading down the hill.

Hyatt Lake 2010-08-01 34 Long Haul Trucker

Rode around with Linda for a while and then to the back of Hyatt Lake.

North Fork Campground 2010-07-31 34 Long Haul Trucker

Up Dead Indian loaded for camping. Hot and hard. Met Linda at the campground.

Around town 2010-07-30 30 Long Haul Trucker

Over several days

Siskiyou Summit 2010-07-29 33 Giant OCR2

Breakfast with the old guys at the coop. Then ride. Not to hot. Still a clear view of Shasta

Jacksonville 2010-07-26 40 Giant OCR2

Got out early enough. Not too hot yet. Set a good pace.

Siskiyou Summit 2010-07-25 33 Giant OCR2

Too hot to go further

Lakes Loop 2010-07-22 63 Giant OCR2

Up Greensprings. Behind the lakes. Very pleasant on top. Very hot here.

Siskiyou Summit 2010-07-21 33 Giant OCR2

Cool and windy on top. Got home before the heat.

Talent and around town 2010-07-21 28 Long Haul Trucker

Over a few days

Burton Flats Brown Mountain 2010-07-17 45 Giant OCR2

Drove up to beat the heat. Pretty nice on top.

Valley Loop 2010-07-14 35 Long Haul Trucker

BCG to Medford. Westside back. Not too hot. Rode the Trucker.

Siskiyou Summit 2010-07-11 40 Giant OCR2

And over the other side. Glad to see the road has been paved over the gravel sections. Met tourers Sarah and Alex from Santa Rosa. They did a loop up the coast and are heading back via Sierra-Cascade

Orchard Loop 2010-07-10 42 Giant OCR2

Out east side, across Garfield, Dark Hollow, Pioneer, Adams road.

Buckhorn Road 2010-07-09 23 Giant OCR2

And a little extra.

Lakes Loop 2010-07-07 63 Giant OCR2

Clockwise, up Dead Indian Memorial. Hot day, much nicer on top. Took it slow and stopped a lot.

Old Siskiyou - Valley 2010-07-05 56 Giant OCR2

Up to Callahan's then out to South Stage. Still not too hot.

Ashland Loop Road 2010-07-04 27 Rock Hopper

Nice to get out in the woods on the MTB. Beautiful day.

Woodrat Loop 2010-07-01 72 Giant OCR2

And out Little Applegate to the end of the pavement. Nice day. Not too hot. Good tailwind coming home.

Lolo to Missoula 2010-06-26 38 Long Haul Trucker

Day 21: 38 miles. Total: 1,015

Last night Paul R. called me and we decided Glacier was not in the cards for this year. Maybe next year and preferable with more people. Although I'm hooked on self supported touring and want to do a lot more, I can see that a supported trip like we...

Lochsa Lodge to Lolo, MT 2010-06-25 45 Long Haul Trucker

Day 20: 45 miles. Total: 977

It was about 14 miles to Lolo Pass. For about half of this we were still following the Lochsa. We spent three days on this river.

After we left the river the climb got steeper but never more than 6%. There were a lot of clear cuts visible. The...

Apgar Campground to Lochsa Lodge 2010-06-24 59 Long Haul Trucker

Day 19: 59 miles: total 932

All along the wild and scenic Lochsa River. Awesome rapids the whole way and saw exactly one kyack in the water, though a bunch on cars.

I rode mostly by myself today though met up with the others from time to time. I was stopped at one point and...

Grangeville to Apgar Campground 2010-06-23 58 Long Haul Trucker

Day 18: 58 miles. Total: 873

Another day, another river. Actually three rivers. But first, as we left Grangeville, we crossed Camas Prairie.

First came the south fork of the Clearwater. As we headed east from Grangeville it was all downhill. Pretty soon we were riding...

White Bird to Grangeville 2010-06-22 25 Long Haul Trucker

Day 17: 25 miles: Total 815 miles

The day began with a 10 mile climb out of White Bird canyon, past the site of the famous 1877 battle where the Nez Perce defeated the US army. The route followed the old highway so there was no traffic and lots of switchbacks of about 5% to 6%. You...

New Meadows to White Bird 2010-06-21 66 Long Haul Trucker

Day 16: 66 miles. Total: 790 miles

Today was all about the Salmon River, which I rode beside most of the day. The Salmon made up for my disappointment in the Snake. Unlike the Snake, the Salmon is wild and free.

But the day started on the Little Salmon River. This morning...

Council to New Meadows 2010-06-20 35 Long Haul Trucker

Day 15: 35 miles. Total: 724

Another gray cold morning leaving Council. My plan was to avoid the highway and take the Weiser River trail most of the way to New Meadows. I rode a few miles on it yesterday and it was fine. I had to ride north and then off-route to Fruitvale to get...

Snake River to Council 2010-06-19 50 Long Haul Trucker

Day 14: 50 miles. Total: 689

It was windy and rained overnight but I was able to get going fairly early. I got warm pretty quick riding uphill. I knew I had a long hard climb getting up from the Snake River. It was a pleasant climb along Brownlee Creek. At first the hills were all...

Halfway to Woodhead Park Idaho 2010-06-18 39 Long Haul Trucker

Day 13: 39 miles. Total 639

Well I made it to Idaho. I didn't really want to leave Lone Fir Friesians. I hung out all morning, even groomed some horses. They invited me to stay another day but I saw no purpose in it. I had that life long ago but didn't succeed. Time to move on. Here...

Baker City to Halfway 2010-06-17 62 Long Haul Trucker

Day 12: 62 miles. Total: 600

Halfway, Oregon is one of the most beautiful places I have yet seen. It's like a hidden valley, very green, with the Wallowa mountains towering over it. The valley is wide with hay fields and horses, with lots of different trees along the creeks. The...

Boulder Creek Ranch to Baker City 2010-06-16 66 Long Haul Trucker

Day 11: 66 miles. Total: 538

It rained all night and was quite cold. In the morning you could see fresh snow on some of the ridges. I got up early enough to see Scotta before she left for work, and thank her for their hospitality. It was great to have a dry place to sleep and...

Mount Vernon to Boulder Creek Ranch 2010-06-14 54 Long Haul Trucker

Day 9: 54 miles. Total: 472

The hiker/biker campground at Clyde Holiday State Park was great. I got a hot shower and slept warm and comfortable. The next town, John Day, was only a few miles. John Day is the biggest town in the area. We spent some time looking, in vain, for a fuel...

Mitchell to Mount Vernon 2010-06-13 63 Long Haul Trucker

Day 8: 63 miles. Total 418

Another relaxed morning at the park in Mitchell. Had breakfast with Adinah and Chris and said our goodbyes as they have to head back to Portland.

Rode with John up the 6 miles of 4 to 6 percent grade to the top of Keyes Creek Summit. Then we...

Ochoco Lake to Mitchell 2010-06-12 40 Long Haul Trucker

Day 7: 40 miles. Total: 345

Adinah served up a nice breakfast for us and we hung out and visited for a while. It was going to be another sunny warm day. We decided that John and I would ride up to Ochoco Divide and Chris and Adinah would meet us there, after doing some exploring on...

Big Bend Campground to Ochoco Lake 2010-06-11 30 Long Haul Trucker

Day 6: 30 miles. Total: 305

Things got a lot slower once I got east of Bend. I remember in the book "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" he said that when he hit US 97 going west that the energy changed and everything started moving faster. I took offense when I first read...

Bend to Prineville Reservoir 2010-06-10 40 Long Haul Trucker

Day 5: 40 miles. Total: 292.

Took it easy today. 4 days of hard riding took it's tool. After a good night's sleep my body knew it was time for a change of pace.

Went to the REI in Bend to get a few things. Very upscale, in a shopping center with all kinds of exclusive shops...

Crescent Creek to Bend 2010-06-09 57 Long Haul Trucker

Day 4: 57 miles. Total: 235

Decided it was too cold for the Cascade Lakes. Headed back to hwy. 97 on the Crscent cutoff road. Saw this about 2 miles from Crescent.

Had a nice deli sandwich at Gilcrest and saved half of it for later. It was still very cold so I decided just...

Wood River to Crescent Creek 2010-06-08 86 Long Haul Trucker

Day 3: 86 miles. Total: 178

I didn't really want to ride that many miles today. There were supposed to be several campgrounds back a way but I never saw them. Actually it was the easiest 86 miles I ever rode. Wind at my back most of the way. Cold wind I might add. It rained a little...

Fish Lake to Wood River 2010-06-07 45 Long Haul Trucker

Day 2: 45 miles. Total: 92 miles

No service here at Jackson Kimball park so I'll post this when I pass through Chilliquin in the morning. Right now I'm trying to type and swatt mosquitos at the same time. This is a beautiful spot on the headwaters of the Wood River, but I'm pretty...

Ashland to Fish Lake 2010-06-06 47 Long Haul Trucker

Lao Tzu said "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step", or in my case a pedal stroke. I probably average about 70 pedal strokes per minute. I pedaled for 5 and a half hours today which comes out to about 23,000 pedal strokes. Not a bad start.

Climbing up Greensprings...

Siskiyou Summit 2010-06-05 56 Giant OCR2

And then out to Pheonix. Still really cold coming down the mountain.

Mt. Ashland 2010-05-31 50 Long Haul Trucker

Cloudy day, and cold in the mountains.

Short ride 2010-05-30 20 Long Haul Trucker

Colver park and back. Testing new front deraileur.

Lakes Loop 2010-05-29 60 Giant OCR2

Good day. Warm in the valley, cold in the mountains.

Valley Loop 2010-05-23 55 Giant OCR2

Out to the race track where Dan was hosting an MR2 meet. Started out cold. Warmed up but still cold for may.

Applegate Lake - Day 2 2010-05-15 54 Long Haul Trucker

Slow ride home. Once again clouds saved the day.

Applegate Lake - Day 1 2010-05-14 50 Long Haul Trucker

Solo camping to behind Applegate lake. First hot day of the season, but some clouds for relief.

Valley Loop 2010-05-08 50 Giant OCR2

To Jacksonville up Cady lane down West Griffin. Nice day.

Buckhorn Road 2010-05-07 32 Giant OCR2

And then up a mile - Greensprings - Old Siskyou - Emmigrant Lake - Neil Creek - Mowetza.

Home from Willow Lake 2010-04-26 62 Long Haul Trucker

Down hill to Butte Falls and the mostly down to Highway 62. Took Agate road back to Central Point. End of 3 day bike tour.

Willow Lake 2010-04-25 46 Long Haul Trucker

Mill Creek Drive to Prospect, Prospect-Butte Falls Hwy to Fish Lake Road to Willow Lake. All uphill.

Stewart Park 2010-04-24 68 Long Haul Trucker

Met up with the riders at the end of the Bike Path. Took Agate Rd to Nick Young road to Eagle Point. Butte Falls road to Crowfoot to 62 to the park.

Valley Loop 2010-04-19 40 Giant OCR2

Good to be back on th bike after 10 day trip to Florida. Nice day. Cool to start but got nice and warm. Did Dark Hollow, and Carpenter Hill.

Valley Loop 2010-04-07 64 Giant OCR2

4th annual ride my years birthday ride. Out Foothill, back Hanley. Sunny and warm. Went 2 miles over.

Foothill 2010-04-03 50 Giant OCR2

Out to 140 and back. Racing rain. Crossed ove to west side in Phoenix. Cold. Maybe the coldest ride of the year.

Evans Creek to Cow Creek 2010-03-27 50 Giant OCR2

And back. Finally took the road we've been talking about for years. It's paved all the way. Connects to Upper Cow Creek Road 13 miles from Azelea.

Valley Loop 2010-03-26 55 Long Haul Trucker

Griffin creek, Hanley, Summit, Jacksonville. Cool wind from the northwest. At my back going home.

Gold Hill 2010-03-24 70 Long Haul Trucker

Round about route to Blackbird and then Hanley. Head wind both ways between Ashland and Talent.

Jacksonville 2010-03-22 50 Long Haul Trucker

Dark Hollow. Then out Old Stage. Stop at sport's park to see my niece play baseball.

Applegate Loop 2010-03-20 67 Giant OCR2

Started in Jacksonville. North Applegate road to Murphy. New Hope to Fish Hatchery to Southside back to Murphy. Back the same way. Temp around 70.

Lakes Loop 2010-03-19 54 Giant OCR2

Strong headwind going up. Lot's of snow has melted since Monday's ride.

Eagle Point 2010-03-18 80 Long Haul Trucker

Out the west side. Hanley Road, Grant, Scenic, Then across on Upton, Wilson Rd, Vilas. The McGloughlin to Corey and on to Eagle Point. Back Agate to Gegory to Gibbon back to Upton. Home on the bike path.

Home Depot 2010-03-17 20 Long Haul Trucker

Out 99 back Orchards. Colder morning.

Lakes Loop 2010-03-15 64 Long Haul Trucker

Took the Trucker up the mountain. Did fine. Head wind going up Greensprings. Lots of snow on top. It it 70 in Ashland today.

Gold Hill 2010-03-14 65 Giant OCR2

Jacksonville Old Stage back Blackwell to bike path. Very cold in the morning as it is now DST. Nice and warm by afternoon.

Gold Hill 2010-03-13 73 Long Haul Trucker

via Table Rock and Sam's Valley. Back Old Stage to Jacksonville. Was in the mid 50's but felt much colder. This was the longest ride yet on the Trucker.

Griffin Creek 2010-03-11 35 Long Haul Trucker

South Stage to Griffin Creek. Gravel section to Coleman Creek, Pioneer and home. Cold.

Around Town 2010-03-10 10 Long Haul Trucker

Out to the end of Siskiyou and back into town. Cold.

Murphy to Merlin 2010-03-09 50 Long Haul Trucker

Out and back. Great route. Parked at the Murphy store. New Hope - Fish Hatchery - Wilderville - Riverbank - Bridge Road to Merlin.

Greensprings Summit 2010-03-07 36 Giant OCR2

Took a long time to get moving this morning but I finally got on the bike at 1:00. Felt pretty good considering yesterday's ride

Valley Century 2010-03-06 101 Giant OCR2

First one in March. Buckhorn then Rogue River via Jacksonville. David, Paul, and I finished a Century. Others did part. Coldorning but warmed up to over 60.

Pheonix 2010-03-01 22 Long Haul Trucker

Recovery ride.

Woodrat Loop 2010-02-28 65 Giant OCR2

Another incredable day in February. A lttle cooler but clear and sunny. Road with a bunch of 30 somethings that kicked my butt. Kelly, Sam, and ?, friends of Francisco.

Valley Loop 2010-02-27 66 Long Haul Trucker

Eagle Point out Reese Creek Rd. to Butte Falls Road (5 miles from Shady Cove). Then back on Agate Rd. and Table Rock Rd. Bike path from Medford.

Around town 2010-02-25 10 Long Haul Trucker

Windy

Talent 2010-02-24 10 Long Haul Trucker

Picked up my Trucker at the shop. New shorter and steeper stem.

Greensprings summit - Jacksonville 2010-02-20 75 Giant OCR2

Another great day. Not quite as warm but bright and clear. Francisco is a first rate climber. Went the whole back to Jacksonville with David.

Medford 2010-02-19 32 Long Haul Trucker

64 degrees in Medford today. Took Talent Ave. - Colver out, bike path back.

Around town 2010-02-18 10 Long Haul Trucker

Needed a recovery from yesterday. Don't usually log rides this short but every mile counts. Over 60 degrees again today.

Greensprings Summit - Orchard Loop 2010-02-17 64 Giant OCR2

Warm 60+. Met Helmut going up Greensprings at an easy pace. No snow anywhere and the road was clean. Met Andy, Dan, and Kurt B. after and did the regular loop.

Buckhorn Springs 2010-02-15 26 Giant OCR2

After a rainy ride yesterday, today was sunny and warm. Actually went out Buckhorn Spgs. road itself which is packed hard and smooth.

Valley of the Rogue Park 2010-02-14 40 Long Haul Trucker

Back to Ashland. Rained over night and most of the morrning. We got wet but not cold.

Valley of the Rogue Park 2010-02-13 40 Long Haul Trucker

Camping with Andy. Had a good escort. Nice day but not as warm as they promised.

Talent - Bike Path 2010-02-11 20 Giant OCR2

Had to drop off the truck for Kalima. Rode from her house to S. Stage and back the bike path. Cold.

Talent 2010-02-10 20 Long Haul Trucker

Short ride to Ian's shop. Installed a new stat meter which malfunctioed before the end of it's first ride.

Prairie Creek Redwoods 2010-02-07 31 Rock Hopper

From Gold Bluff Beach up Streelow Creek singletrack to Elk Prairie and Elk Meadows. Then with Linda to Lost Man creek trail. Then back the same way.

Siskiyou Summit 2010-02-03 33 Long Haul Trucker

With unloaded panniers. Middle chain ring was fine. Mid 40's. Warm going up, cold going down. Like mountain biking.

Orchard Loop 2010-01-31 35 Giant OCR2

The maiden voyage for Jenn's new Felt. Nice to do a group ride again. A little colder nut almost sunny.

Valley Loop 2010-01-28 65 Long Haul Trucker

First East side Ashland, East Hills to Pampadore back Eagle Mill to Butler to Meyer creek to Valley View. Though Orchards to North Pheonix then Bike Path to Cetral Point, Upton to Scenic to Old Stage, Jacksonville and home. Strong head wind from Colver road to Ashland.

Bike Path 2010-01-26 30 Long Haul Trucker

Cold gray day but the rain held off. Roads were wet though from rain this morning. Turned around at Barnett. Took it easy.

Orchard Loop 2010-01-23 42 Giant OCR2

Cooler but no windy. Mostly sunny in the valley. Back over Griffin, Pioneer, Carpenter Hill.

Jacksonville 2010-01-21 55 Long Haul Trucker

Another windy day. Went out Old Stage. Back Hanly, Rossanly, Ross N, Lozier, Garfield, H&D, Bike path. Strong headwind coming back.

Orchards - Bike Path 2010-01-19 25 Long Haul Trucker

Very windy in the morning but let up by late afternoon. Days are getting longer and it's light until after 5 now.

Orchards - Bike Path 2010-01-16 47 Giant OCR2

Out the orchard loop and bike path to Central Point, then back on the bike path. Still warm, over 50. Windy in Ashland but not the valley. Put my 28c tires on the Giant and rode it today.

Buckhorn Springs Rd. 2010-01-14 20 Long Haul Trucker

Foggy in the valley so headed the other way. Cooler than it has been but not bad. Thought I'd have a head wind going back but it died down.

Jacksonville 2010-01-12 40 Long Haul Trucker

Almost sunny in the valley. Mid 50's. Took the bike path back to avoid the wind.

Bike Path 2010-01-10 30 Long Haul Trucker

Not as warm as Thursday but still over 50.

Orchard Loop 2010-01-07 30 Long Haul Trucker

Another warm day mid 50s. A little windy coming back into Ashland.

Bike path loop 2010-01-06 30 Long Haul Trucker

Out bike path, around H&D, back Columbus, S. Stage, Vorhees, Colver. Warm, over 50, and cloudy.

Big crash 2009-11-01 8 Rock Hopper

Up to Hitt road. Started down. Hit the single track and the next thing I know I'm sitting on the ground talking on the phone to Linda, wiping blood off my face and trying not to breethe too hard. Paul called the ambulnce which was able to make right to where Hitt road turns to trail. This...

Medford 2009-10-27 32 Long Haul Trucker

Needed to get wine yeast at Blackbird so rode in. Cold but dry.

Bull Gap 2009-10-25 25 Rock Hopper

Up Tolman. Down Lower BGT, MLT, Cat Walk, Toothpick, Caterpillar, Alice, Upper BTI connector. Nice day. Trails are very bumpy.

Valley Loop 2009-10-24 34 Giant OCR2

Nice group ride. Took it easy. Nice day. Out Talent Ave, Colver, South Stage, Orchard Home. Garfield and back on the bike path.

Toothpick 2009-10-20 10 Rock Hopper

Nice night. Still don't need lights till we hit the single track.

Valley Century 2009-10-11 101 Giant OCR2

Eagle Point - Gold Hill - Jacksonville. Cold morning but got up to 70. AGC.

Toothpick - White Rabbit 2009-10-08 12 Rock Hopper

Nice warm night. Need lights now at Toothpick.

Valley Loop 2009-10-07 42 Giant OCR2

Nice day. Took off early from work. Out the east side. Back over Dark Hollow. Up Coleman.

Toothpick 2009-10-06 10 Rock Hopper

First night ride of the season. Warm day but cooling off pretty fast after sundown.

Toothpick 2009-10-04 12 Rock Hopper

Up Tolman. First Mountain bike ride of the season. Pretty cold coming down.

Old Siskiyou 2009-10-01 22 Giant OCR2

To the 3 mile marker. Getting dark and cold.

Applegate Lake 2009-09-27 49 Long Haul Trucker

Return trip.

Applegate Lake 2009-09-26 48 Long Haul Trucker

One way on my Trucker. Camped at Seattle bar

Buck Pairie 2009-09-24 40 Giant OCR2

Up Dead Indian Memorial. Started out clear and then got smokey.

Crater Lake 2009-09-20 42 Giant OCR2

Cool day - just right after it warmed up a bit. Lake was very blue. Pictures on lieb's log. Paul's brother Tom joined us.

Dead Indian - Shale City 2009-09-18 25 Giant OCR2

My "I shall be released ride".

Siskiyou Summit 2009-09-17 33 Giant OCR2

Had to leave at 5:00 and the sun was already down when we got down.

Orchard Loop 2009-09-15 30 Giant OCR2

Days getting shorter. Just time to go to Phoenix and back. Good pace though.

Siskiyou Century 2009-09-12 66 Giant OCR2

The metric. Good day, great ride. Met with Dan from the Applegate. He rode with us the whole way. Got hot but we finished before it got too bad. 18 mph average.

Dead Indian 2009-09-11 25 Giant OCR2

Warm up ride for tomorrow. Took it slow and easy.

Valley Loop 2009-09-07 40 Giant OCR2

Bike path to Medford. Cool and breezy.

Siskiyou Summit 2009-09-06 40 Giant OCR2

Back home on the road bike. Probably my best time to SS. Went over the top down to the freeway and back.

Turquoise Lake - Hagerman Pass - Carbondale 2009-09-02 68 Rock Hopper

Today was the big one. The highest pass we did, 11,925'. Very steep and rocky at the top. Had to push a lot. Then a long decent down the Frying Pan river to Basalt and on to Carbondale.

Of course we saved the highest pass, and the longest ride, for the last day. From the lake it was...

Railroad Bridge - Leadville - Turquoise Lake 2009-09-01 38 Rock Hopper

From Railroad Bridge we got back on the highway and ran into three tourers from Boulder who were also headed for Leadville. We played leapfrog with them all day. We stopped for water at Granite but the town was shut down. Scott was carrying extra and gave us some.

The view today was...

Ohaver Lake - Salida - Railroad Bridge 2009-08-31 50 Rock Hopper

Downhill for 15 miles from the pass to Salida. We rode by Andy's house and did some site seeing and had a snack at Bongo Bill's. We stopped at a bike shop where Andy got his "peace" socks.

 

From Salida we rode to Buena Vista. On the way Paul broke another spoke and I somehow...

Sargents - Marshall Pass - Ohaver Lake 2009-08-30 29 Rock Hopper

Sunday. Dirt road at 4% railroad grade. Loose and rocky at times. Pass is 10,842'

We turned right at Sargents and headed up a dirt road at a 4% railroad grade. Started out great but we then got into some loose and rocky stuff. It had just been graded.

It was threatening rain...

Gunnison - Cochecote hills - Sargents 2009-08-29 45 Rock Hopper

Saturday - Cochecote hills to Sargents. Tomichi Creek RV park.

From Gunnison we met back up with Sharon and rode out in the Cochecote hills. This was all open barren land. The sky was cool. We then rode to Sargents and stayed in a small cabin at the Tomichi Creek RV Park.

It...

Taylor River to Gunnison 2009-08-28 20 Rock Hopper

Friday - Gunnison 20 miles. KOA

Rest day. From the Taylor river it was a short downhill to Gunnison. Paul had a broken spoke so we dropped his bike off at a shop and had lunch at a local place. Then on to the KOA for showers, laundry, and a nice grassy campsite.

Erickson Springs - Kebler Pass - Taylor River 2009-08-27 45 Rock Hopper

Thursday - Kebler Pass (10,000') - Crested Butte - Taylor river.

At 10,000 feet Kebler pass was my first big challenge. We continued on the dirt road from the campground. As we approached the pass we encountered fresh gravel in the road. At two miles from the top they were laying...

Carbondale - McClure Pass - Erickson Spings 2009-08-26 50 Rock Hopper

Wednesday - Carbondale - McClure Pass - Panonia Reservoir - Erickson Spings campground on Anthricite creek.

Let the climbing begin! And so it was. Breathtaking views, as if I had much breath with all the climbing. But of course there is always the other side, and a nice fast downhill...

Colorado - Rio Grande bike path 2009-08-25 45 Rock Hopper

Tuesday - Day ride. Rio Grande rail trail. 45 miles Carbondale to Woody Creek and back. A warm up ride.

Woody Creek

Lakes Loop 2009-08-21 74 Giant OCR2

Not too hot on the climb, cool by the Lakes but got hot on Buck Prairie. I did good. We did the long version. Tubb Springs and back side of the lakecd.

Ramble around town 2009-08-15 10 Rock Hopper

Adjusting new seat post and bar ends, and recovering from yesterday's ride.

Siskyou Summit 2009-08-14 40 Giant OCR2

Over the top and down to the gravel. Back out 66 to Old Greensprings to get the milage.uch cooler.

Orchard Loop 2009-08-11 36 Giant OCR2

Nice evening. The air is clean. Started out hot but cooled off nicely. Good recovery ride.

Mt. Ashland 2009-08-09 52 Giant OCR2

Harder than last time. Very cool on top and part way down. Timed one hour from ProjectA to Callahans. Time trialers were doing it in 32 minutes.

Griffin Creek Road 2009-08-08 33 Rock Hopper

The gravel part. On my mountain bike with the 1.5 touring tires.

Orchard Loop 2009-08-07 36 Giant OCR2

East side up David lane and then west side up Coleman creek. Much cooler.

Wagner Creek - Hummingbird Lane 2009-08-04 25 Giant OCR2

Not as hot as it was. Lots of loose gravel after fresh chip seal.

Hyatt Lake to Ashland 2009-08-02 26 Rock Hopper

Back home after camping at Hyatt.

Hyatt Lake 2009-08-01 26 Rock Hopper

Loaded up with camping gear in prep for Colorado. Got a late start and it was hot. Held a stead 4 MPH up 66 in middle chainring big cog.

Roads around Hyatt Lake 2009-08-01 18 Rock Hopper

Did some exploring of the dirt/gravel roads behind Hyatt Lake.

Buckhorn Road 2009-07-30 20 Giant OCR2

6 AM beat the heat ride.

Hayatt Lake 2009-07-28 20 Giant OCR2

Met Ed at the campgroud and did a short loop. Very pleasant compared to 100 degrees in the valley.

Keno Loop 2009-07-25 70 Giant OCR2

Parked on DIM at Keno Access road. Spencer creek to Clover creek. 66 to Keno Access. Quite hot climbing up from the river but then a breeze came up and it was ok.

Bike Path 2009-07-23 24 Giant OCR2

15 miles with Linda, 10 fast miles home. Very hot.

Siskiyou Summit 2009-07-23 32 Giant OCR2

Second ride of the day. Hot but oh so cool on top. Started out strongbut faded.

Buckhorn Road 2009-07-22 20 Giant OCR2

Nice and cool at 6 AM Days hovering near 100

Shale City Road 2009-07-19 16 Rock Hopper

Drove up and rode the gravel part both ways. Put the 1.5 slicks on my MTB getting ready for a tour of Colorado. Hot day. Better up high.

Mt. Ashland 2009-07-18 34 Rock Hopper

On the dirt to the top. Left at 7, got to the top at noon. YouTube video here

Buckhorn Road 2009-07-16 21 Giant OCR2

Early morning ride. Beat the heat.

Mt. Ashland 2009-07-11 52 Giant OCR2

First time this year. Felt good. Plesant temps. Big event on top. Siskiyou Outback 50k trail run.

Shale City Road 2009-07-09 27 Giant OCR2

Up 3.5 miles, just past the turn off Grizzly peak.

North Umpqua Trail 2009-07-03 14 Rock Hopper

Over several days with Linda.

Valley Loop 2009-06-30 35 Giant OCR2

Riding and planning a trip to Colorado. The decision has been made. It's mountain bike touring and camping.

Lake of the Woods 2009-06-28 82 Giant OCR2

A shorter version of the MLC. Up DIM to 37 and around. Hot day but not bad on top. Hard ride but I made it.

Dead Indian - Old Siskiyou 2009-06-25 36 Giant OCR2

Up DIM to 8 mi marker with a short detour up Shale City. Then out 66 and one mile up old Siskiyou.

Valley Loop 2009-06-23 36 Rock Hopper

Normal after work ride. Warmed up nicely. I felt pretty good.

Brown Mountain 2009-06-20 19 Rock Hopper

Cold in the clouds day. Lots of variation on this ride. From narrow steep and rocky to wide flat and smooth.

Applegate Lake 2009-06-14 18 Rock Hopper

Nice day. Not too hot. Great trail. Great views.

Valley Loop 2009-06-13 42 Giant OCR2

Adams Road, Dark Hollow. Back on bike path.

Toothpick 2009-06-11 10 Rock Hopper

Rain down here before we started but it was dry on the trails. The woods were nice and green.

Velley Loop 2009-06-09 32 Giant OCR2

East side orchards to N. Phoenix Rd. Back on bile path. Clouds rolled in but rail held off.

Dania 2009-06-05 25 Giant OCR2

And back on A1A. Roads were wet when I started but then the sun came out.

Hollywood beach 2009-06-04 16 Giant OCR2

Through the traffic and on the beach walk. My first south Florida bike ride.

Lakes Loop 2009-05-30 57 Giant OCR2

Very hot going up. Nice on top. Clouds rolled and saved the day on Buck Praierie

Rocky Point 2009-05-29 28 Giant OCR2

To Seven Mile road, just far enough to see the rim. Tried to stop by the lake but got attacked by mosquitoes.

Siskiyou Summit - Valley Loop 2009-05-25 80 Giant OCR2

With Andy up Siskiyou. Nice and cool. Cold coming back down. Headed out the valley solo. Adams Rd. Pioneer Dark Hollow, West Griffin Poorman, Sterling Creek Cady lane to Jacksonville. Home the usual way. Nice cool day for a long ride.

Loop Road 2009-05-23 28 Rock Hopper

Mellow ride up to 4 corners. As long as we were there we decided to keep going around.

Toothpick 2009-05-19 12 Rock Hopper

Fence line - White Rabbit. Cool again. 90 depress yesterday, 60 today. Trails are dry and show some wear from the spring thaw race last weekend.

Lakes Loop 2009-05-17 60 Giant OCR2

Hot day. Went slow. Took lots of pictures. http://tinyurl.com/oyffsl

Bike path 2009-05-14 30 Giant OCR2

Rode to Medford for a Dr. appointment. Lite rain the whole way.

Toothpick 2009-05-13 10 Rock Hopper

Cool evening. Opted for mtb ride. BTI is getting bad. Probaby won't ride it again.

Bike Path 2009-05-10 33 Giant OCR2

Nice recovery ride. Celebrated 35k miles on Paul's Trek. Very warm in Medford. Stopped at the park on the way home for Mother's day picknic.

Upper trails 2009-05-09 12 Rock Hopper

Parked on Tolman and East view. Up 2080 to cross over. Up lower Bull Gap to the top. Took some pictures of am ancient cedar. Down MLT to lower cross over/upper East View. Did good.

Orchard Loop 2009-05-07 30 Giant OCR2

A little windy and cool. Still getting pretty dark by the time we get home.

Toothpick 2009-05-05 12 Rock Hopper

Fenceline - White Rabbit. Had some good rain so trails are a little muddy but in good shape.

Orchard Loop 2009-04-26 42 Giant OCR2

The other way. Wagner - Anderson - Adams - Pioneer - Carpenter - Fern Valley - Back through the east side orchards. Perfect day - about 70 degrees.

Orchard Loop 2009-04-21 30 Giant OCR2

First after work road ride of the season. Really hot for April. Supposed to cool off soon. Paul got a flat just after the wooden bridge coming in to Ashland.

Evans Creek 2009-04-19 60 Giant OCR2

Starting in Gold Hill. Table Rock Modoc Antioch. There was a big bike race going on. Very warm for April, actually hot. Andy's 60 mile birthday ride.

Toothpick 2009-04-16 10 Rock Hopper

Warmer and dry. Felt great to do a MTB ride after a bunch of road rides. Toothpick was muddy and BTI is getting dry and loose.

West side hills 2009-04-11 58 Giant OCR2

Cloudy but not too cold. Coleman creek. Dark Hollow. Kady lane. Pioneer.

Valley Loop 2009-04-07 61 Giant OCR2

My annual ride my years in miles ride. Cool and cloudy but not too bad. East side to Pheonix then bike path to Central Point. Upton to the road by Table Rock - Tolo to Old Stage and back through Jacksonville.

Jacksonville 2009-04-05 52 Giant OCR2

Into the wind in both directions. It got really bad coming back. Sunny day. Mid 60s.

Toothpick 2009-03-31 10 Rock Hopper

Colder again bit not too bad. We were about to do BTI but Paul got a flat. A nail on the trail.

Buckhorn Springs Road 2009-03-28 22 Rock Hopper

Pretty beat from yesterday's ride but glad I did it. Clouds rolling in and windy. Will be colder tomorrow.

Valley Loop 2009-03-27 40 Giant OCR2

Warmer. Very nice Spring day. Went up Orchard Home to Skyview Drive. Then did Pioneer.

Bike Path 2009-03-26 40 Giant OCR2

To Barnet road and back. Then out 66 to Crowson. Warm enough for a road ride.

Toothpick 2009-03-24 12 Rock Hopper

Fence line (lean right) and White Rabbit. Sunny but the air was cold. We left early (4:30) since I'm off this week, so we did the whole thing in daylight.

lower MLT Catwalk BTI 2009-03-21 16 Rock Hopper

Up Tolman. Warmer but threatening rain. No snow int the roads or trails.

Toothpick 2009-03-19 10 Rock Hopper

Another warm night. My bike had a flat so I rode Linda's.

Toothpick 2009-03-17 10 Rock Hopper

Took White Rabbit down. It's in good shape.

Toothpick 2009-03-12 10 Rock Hopper

Much warmer. I had to take off my thights for the climb. Took BTI down to the park.

Toothpick 2009-03-10 10 Rock Hopper

Cold clear night. Trails were mostly frozen. Daylight savings kicked in so we did need lights until the way down.

Orchard Loop 2009-03-07 40 Giant OCR2

First road ride since Jan. 19. Met David in Talent. Did East side then West side and Adams road. Cold wind out of the valley but the sun was warm.

Toothpick 2009-03-03 10 Rock Hopper

A little muddy but not bad. No snow on the trails.

Toothpick 2009-02-28 12 Rock Hopper

Up Tolman. Snow is gone, plenty of mud. Warmer but windy. BTI is getting a little sloppy but is still good.

Toothpick 2009-02-26 10 Rock Hopper

Rain turning to snow. Snow on the trails but less than an inch in most places. Took the gully down.

Toothpick 2009-02-24 10 Rock Hopper

Some mud on the trails. Warm. Took BTI down.

Toothpick 2009-02-21 10 Rock Hopper

Up the single track. Part way up Cat Walk. Sown BTI.

Toothpick 2009-02-17 10 Rock Hopper

Clear cold night. Still some traces of snow.

Toothpick 2009-02-12 10 Rock Hopper

Cold. Light snow on the upper trails. Light snow in the air. Took BTI down. It was great.

Four Corners 2009-02-07 20 Rock Hopper

Up Tolman. Warm day. A little snow left but not much. Cat Walk is starting to get rutted on the turns. Went down BTI which is in great shape. Robert Luaders joined us.

Toothpick 2009-02-04 12 Rock Hopper

Another warm night. We went up the Tolman side.

Toothpick 2009-02-03 10 Rock Hopper

Warm night. Andy's friend Sharon from Colorado rode with us.

Hitt Road 2009-02-01 12 Rock Hopper

Nice day once the fog lifted. Snow on the road and trail. The lower part of the trail has been bull dozed ugly.

Toothpick 2009-01-31 10 Rock Hopper

Sunny day. Warm in the sun. Trails are good. Snow is all gone. Took BTI down to the park. Nice baked turns. The jumps have been filled in so at my speed they are gentle bumps.

Emmigrant Lake 2009-01-29 6 Rock Hopper

A muddy mess.

Toothpick 2009-01-27 10 Rock Hopper

Some snow on the trails. Nice and crunchy.

Toothpick 2009-01-22 10 Rock Hopper

Warmer but misty. Trails are still too dry.

Valley Loop 2009-01-19 34 Giant OCR2

Warm enough for a road ride. High near 65. Not bad for January. Still lots of gravel but not too bad.

MLT, Cat Walk, White Rabbit 2009-01-17 16 Rock Hopper

Just kept getting warmer the farther up we went. Met Ron from Carlsbad who was here for UBI. No snow except a patch at 4 Corners

Toothpick 2009-01-14 10 Rock Hopper

Colder but still warmer on top. Ran into another rider who had a gauge. It was 51 at the trailhead.

Toothpick 2009-01-13 10 Rock Hopper

Warmer on top. Didn't hit the cold air until back down to Morton st.

Toothpick 2009-01-10 10 Rock Hopper

First ride of the year. Missed two weeks after cataract surgery. All the snow is gone.Today was sunny and cold. Trails are good.

Bull Gap 2008-12-06 23 Rock Hopper

Straight up. Then up lower Bull Gap trail and upper missing link trail. Then the new trail over to East View. Back to four corners, down Cat Walk etc. Still sunny. No fog even in the valley, and still no rain.

Toothpick 2008-12-02 10 Rock Hopper

Still clear and not too cold. Quarter moon quite bright. Upper BTI has been graded and is in great shape.

East View 2008-11-30 12 Rock Hopper

Parked at Tolman and East view. Up 2080 to old road on the right. Over to lower Bull Gap trail. Down to Upper Missing Link. Down to new connector trail back over to East View. Down East View.

Missing Link Trail 2008-11-29 12 Rock Hopper

Past four corners to the bolder the trail comes out on the road. Trail is still rough but will get better. Cat Walk is in good shape. Upper BTI has been graded. Another foggy day but sunny above.

Toothpick 2008-11-27 10 Rock Hopper

Thanksgiving mornig. Thick fog in town but sunny above White Rabitt Trailhead. Lots of people around but surprisingly few on the trails.

Toothpick 2008-11-23 10 Rock Hopper

Fog lifted and it got sunny but cold in the shade. I just did the short ride.

Toothpick - White Rabbit 2008-11-15 12 Rock Hopper

Warm and sunny. Paul had bike trouble so I did the first part solo. Went up Caterpillar and allthe way down Toothpick and back up. Met Paul on Lamb's mine and then did White Rabbit.

Toothpick 2008-11-13 10 Rock Hopper

Full moon. Trails are getting better.

Toothpick 2008-11-06 10 Rock Hopper

Can't remember

Toothpick 2008-11-04 10 Rock Hopper

Election eve. By the time we got down the hill the celebration had begun. The first cold ride of the season.

Four corners 2008-10-26 18 Rock Hopper

Down right hot. Wind shfted to warm out of the east. Some nice colors. Trails are in bad shape.

Valley Loop 2008-10-25 42 Giant OCR2

Beautifull fall day. Close to 80, but the breeze was cool out of tv valley. Did David lane and Dark Hollow.

Toothpick 2008-10-21 10 Rock Hopper

I loaned Colin my old light but it wasn't bright enough. Quite a bit cooler. Still not enough rain to help the trails much

Cat Walk 2008-10-18 12 Rock Hopper

Up 2060. Light rain as we started but then none. Trails were wet enough for better traction.

Toothpick 2008-10-14 10 Rock Hopper

First night ride. Full moon to boot. I got a 15 minute head start and rode nice and easy.

Buckhorn Springs Rd. 2008-09-28 24 Giant OCR2

and a short way beyond. Returned with Dan and Ellen while the rest continued up and around the loop. Still hot, dry, and smokey.

Short Orchard Loop 2008-09-25 22 Giant OCR2

Back on the bike path. They brought in some kind of grinding machine and leveled off the worst bumps on the old Talent section. Much better.

Orcahrd Loop - Bike Path 2008-09-17 34 Giant OCR2

To Medford. Got kind of lost trying to find the route from Barnett to N. Phoenix Rd. First ride with Andy and Dan in a long time.

Short Orchard Loop 2008-09-11 25 Giant OCR2

Getting dark too early to get in anything much longer after work. Still quite warm though, but a little smokey. Rolled over 10,000 miles on the Giant.

Buckhorn Springs Rd 2008-09-10 20 Rock Hopper

Easy 20 miles

Short Orchard Loop 2008-09-07 18 Giant OCR2

Was planning to go out 66 but forgot my rear view. Ran into a touring group from Canada that was doing the whole Southern Oregon loop from Rosebudg to Crater. I'm missing all the big September rides again this year.

Valley Loop 2008-09-01 42 Giant OCR2

Some dead ends and up to the Manor. Nice cool labor day.

Evans Creek 2008-08-30 52 Giant OCR2

Started at Gold Hill. Sam's Valley, Antioch Rd., Evans Creek, Wimer over the new old covered bridge, Rogue River, Gold Hill. Much cooler with gusty winds. Felt like fall.

Orchard Loop 2008-08-28 25 Giant OCR2

Hot day but cooled off later. Varied the route.

Orchard Loop 2008-08-28 25 Giant OCR2

Hot day but cooled off later. Varied the route.

Valley Loop 2008-08-21 44 Giant OCR2

Round about to Jacksonville, then normal way back. Still cool and the air is clean.

Orchard Loop 2008-08-19 31 Giant OCR2

First up Wilson Road with Linda. Much cooler after heavy rain last night. Still riding very slow.

Buckhorn Springs Rd. 2008-08-18 21 Giant OCR2

Still smokey but cooler.

Orchard Loop 2008-08-14 32 Giant OCR2

Out by 9 and still hot but not as bad as it would get later. Very slow.

Loop road 2008-08-10 22 Rock Hopper

Starting at four corners. Late start so nice and cool. Horn Gap trail was great.

Bike Path - Colver Road 2008-08-09 32 Giant OCR2

After a week of hellish smoke and heat today was cool and clear. Easy ride.

Mt. Ashland 2008-08-03 52 Giant OCR2

Siskiyou summit first. Very slow.

Rocky Point - Fort Klamath 2008-08-02 60 Giant OCR2

Nice day, good pace.

Bike Path 2008-07-27 40 Giant OCR2

Central Point. 16.8 avg at sports park, 16.6 avg at Central Point, 15.9 at the dog park.

Siskiyou Summit 2008-07-26 42 Giant OCR2

over the top for another mile and a half. Then out to Buckhorn Spgs road.

Around town to Walmart 2008-07-23 20 Acupulco

Shopping and errands.

Hwy 66 2008-07-21 16 Giant OCR2

Early mornig. A bit nippy

Orchard Loop 2008-07-19 40 Giant OCR2

Back on Dark Hollow

Short Orchard Loop 2008-07-16 25 Giant OCR2

Picked up the pace a little. Wore my heart rate monitor. Could still get up to 160 on the hills.

Bike path - Colver Rd. 2008-07-13 27 Giant OCR2

Good pace going out.

Keno Acces Road loop 2008-07-12 35 Giant OCR2

to Burton Flats Rd - Brown Mt - Hwy 37

Hwy 66 2008-07-10 20 Giant OCR2

Early morning

Hwy 66 2008-07-09 18 Giant OCR2

Early morning

Bike path to Medford - back on Colver 2008-07-05 30 Giant OCR2

great group ride at a nice easy pace. Cool and pleasant.

Crowson road - Siskiyou blvd 2008-07-04 11 Giant OCR2

First ride after surgery. Pretty much starting over. My plan is to do short rides 30 miles and under for a month gradually in increasing the intensity before doing any longer rides.

Toothpick - White Rabbit 2008-06-15 12 Rock Hopper

Hot day but nice in the woods. Trails are getting loose.

Orchards - Bike path 2008-06-14 31 Giant OCR2

First ride in two weeks and last one for at least that long.

Bike Path 2008-06-01 41 Giant OCR2

The bike path is open under the freeway construction. You can now ride from Ashland to Central Point.

Cat walk - Jabberwocky 2008-05-18 25 Rock Hopper

Hot. Up Tolman. Tried to go around the loop but still to much snow. Cat walk is great but Jabberwoky is pretty much undoable - really loose on top of the steepness, narrowness etc.

Lakes Loop 2008-05-17 62 Giant OCR2

Hot - 100 in Medford. Not too bad on the climb but we went slow. Back side of Hyatt Lake still has lots of down tress and debris.

Bikepath 2008-05-13 29 Giant OCR2

Back Colver. Recovery ride. My legs are very sore from Saturday's ride. Dan and Ellen rode their tandem.

Cinco de Mayo 2008-05-10 50 Rock Hopper

Harder then ever. Seemed like some racers were leading the pace, but maybe I'm just slower. I was close to the last one up every hill.

Orchard Loop 2008-05-06 34 Giant OCR2

Strong wind, fast pace.

Orchard Loop 2008-05-04 32 Giant OCR2

Solo ride. Had to be back in time for band pratice.

Lost Creek Lake Trail 2008-05-03 22 Rock Hopper

Nice day and nice trail. Mostly easy rolling single track.

Toothpick - White Rabbit 2008-05-01 12 Rock Hopper

Got cold again then warmed a bit today. Trails are good but Spring Thaw race is this weekend. I felt much stronger after the century on Sunday.

Rogue Flaower Century 2008-04-27 104 Giant OCR2

Buckhorn Spgs Road to Rogue River. Perfect day for it. Warm but cloudy. Windy but at our backs when we needed it most. Ran into Paul and Dan D just as I rolled over 100.

Toothpick 2008-04-22 10 Rock Hopper

Cold, wet, and muddy. Another great ride.

Valley Loop 2008-04-17 31 Giant OCR2

Smokey in the valley but a stiff north wind cleared it up pretty well. Warm day after a weird week. After 80 degrees on Saturday it snowed on Tuesday, was back up in the 70s today and its supposed to be 40s and rainy over the weekend.

Four Corners 2008-04-13 16 Rock Hopper

Up 2060 - down Toothpick - up Tolman - down Catwalk etc. Warm and muggy. Still some snow on the side at the top of Tolman and across.

Lakes Loop 2008-04-12 57 Giant OCR2

First really warm day of the year. Strong headwind going out 66. Felt like we started the climb as soon as we left Ashland. The wind died down when we hit the climb. Lots of snow left. Pictures