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 inspiration struck and I turned off onto Fishback. Very steep climb for a couple of miles on pavement and then after the summit it turns to gravel for the downhill. Fishback ends at Smith Road which and I went left to Elkins. Back on pavement I continued west to Airlee and took that back south east to Berry Creek. Up over a couple more hills to Tampico. Then, wanting more gravel and miles, I turned left on Wiles road to Robison road and then back to 99W. At the junction of Wiles and Robison it says Airlee 7. I'll have to try that one day. Then back through Adair and stoped at the store for another snack. Sat in the glorious sunshine for a few minutes before heading out Ryals to Independence Hwy to Pettibone and on home. Great route. I wish I knew what the vertical was because it wasn't trivial.
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.
Nice tenners ride. Sunny at the start and dry. Good turnout.
Starting to work in the garden. It's trying to be spring.
Wednesday group. Gray skies but not too cold, not too windy, and no rain.
My first DNF. Nice day, but I didn't have what it takes.
Out Bellfountain to Greenberry. No rain until just before we got back to Corvallis. Lots of wind though.
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.