Started out with full rain gear, but it stopped raining. On and off and on again with the rain gear as it started drizzling. Little Wuesten for lunch. Then no rain all the way until just as I started up Maxine.
Gorgeous day. Waited for it to warm up before heading out. It eventually got up to 62. Headed out Eagle Mill, Butler Creek, Valley View and up into the orchards. Back on the bike path.
First ride on the new Hans Dampf tires. They certainly gave me more confidence on the gravel and trails.
It was drizzling rain all morning but it stopped and the sun even peeked through. Nice and warm as well in the low 60's
I decided to try going up the last part of Horse Trail. I just don't have the power anymore to roll over obstacles or up around the switchbacks. I walked a lot.
Went down Oak Creek and then into town.
Test ride with the Cambium saddle. Through campus and Avery Park enjoying the fall colors. I think I’ll like this saddle better than the Selle Anatomica on this bike.
Getting cooler and wetter now. 3 Coffeeneuring rides so far.
Day 3 - Coast Range Gravel Adventure
It was foggy on the coast when we left. Stopped at the Blue Whale for second breakfast and then headed out Yachats River Road. In a couple of miles the sun was shining and it was warming up. We were taking turns driving and Eileen drove the first leg. Rick then took over and drove up to the end of the Valley. Then I drove over the hill. I have ridden this and I wanted to give the others the experience of the big climb and great descent into Five Rivers Valley. From here Peter took over the driving and took some amazing pictures of the fall foliage in the Five Rivers Valley.
Then came the adventure. Road 3412. Unkown territory. Turned out to be in great shape for riding, but steep for 3.5 miles. And then we were treated to an amazing descent on smooth pavement. Very unexpected. This was probably the highlight of the trip.
We got to Salmonberry CG and it was closed even though the camp host had told me it would be open just the week before. Oh well. We loaded up the van and heased to Nectar Creek in Philomath for a celebration and then home.
Day 2 - Coast Range Gravel Adventure
Woke up to a light mist but happily the tents were not wet. Plenty of time for breakfast and pictures before setting off on Hilltop Road. Soon it was clear and sunny and it would be a warm day. Hilltop is a long hard climb, but never brutal. I did not have to walk any of it. The downhill is on gravel which was never loose altough threre was once section that was a little chunky. The ride down North Beaver Creek was long and tiring. Once it was following the creek it was no longer all downhill, but the typical ups and downs when following a river or creek.
It was foggy at the coast and a lot cooler. Eric's wife was there to take Eric, Sean and Karen back to Corvallis. So now it was just 4 of us. We headed to Seal Rock and found a coffee shop. After that I drove ahead to Beachside SP and was able to get spot 32 which has more room for tents. The riders showed up soon after. Rick got some firewood and we had a pleasant evening.