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 but Craig gave me some chemical hand warmers. It was bright and sunny when the sun came up but we rode under a cloud layer when we got out in the valley. It was still could and now gray at the first control in Dayton.
We stopped again in Carlton. Craig had a loose fender and I needed coffee. The climb started almost right away after that. Meadow Lake road climbs over some big valley hills before it even starts into the Coast Range. Some sections were very steep. Susan rode off ahead but would catch up to Craig from time to time and made it to the top first.
After another 20 or so miles of mostly downhill we made to Beaver where Susan was sitting in the sunshine for 40 minutes waiting. We stayed together mostly the rest of the way back. There was a lot of traffic on hwy 22 which was not much fun in the dark.
Put the RTPs back on the Ravn with tubes, but then rode into town and had Trevor mount them tubeless.
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.
Amazingly warm and dry for January.
Loop from Willamina. Misty mountain day.
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.