Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mountain Home

A group of intrepid cyclists gathered together today and climbed Mountain Home Road. Doesn’t it feel good to get a big hill done so early in the season! Up and over with the quick and easy return.

Garmin gave me 2 options for elevation gain: 1394 and 1518 ft. I’ll take the 1518 thanks.

25 miles.
1518 gain



Sunday, February 15, 2015

Old McKenzie Highway / Sisters

28 miles approx
2000 ft gain approx
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One of those wild and crazy, spur of the moment type things.

Someone once gave me that moniker when I drove to Sisters one day to have a cup of coffee. This was the pre-social media days. Heck, it was the pre-digital camera days. I had to bring home a snowball as proof I had indeed, been over the pass to Sisters.

Today was another one of those days. Spur of the moment craziness that is.

Sisters was not in the plan, but at breakfast, somewhere between Cheerios and coffee, I succumbed to the siren call of a fantastic road seriously lacking in snow. Had been since I saw the pics of the summit with dry pavement a few days ago.

 Old McKenzie Highway: Blue skies, crisp air, and an opportunity to be passed by Central Oregon roadies. What better way to spend the afternoon.


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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor lack of snow shall keep us from our appointed rides.
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Windy Point
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Ron found snow

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Three Sisters - Beautiful

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Proof I was here :)
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Ron too! No snow Feb 2015
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Same sign May 2012
This is my third time bicycling HWY 242. Each time I've started in Sisters. It's the second time for Ron. My first ride up was painful and slow, and the snow stopped us just past Windy Point. It would be years before I gave it a second try.
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My second trip was in 2012. This time Ron was along and we rode to the top. The snow was piled high along the roadside.

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Windy Point 2012
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Snow canyon
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Ron - Three Sisters background again. 2012
For those who are inclined to ride a motorized version of two wheeler, Once the gates are open it is a fantastic motorcycle ride. Curves aplenty, and elevation gain is a non-issue.

http://bluekat78.blogspot.com/2010/09/old-mckenzie-highway-242.html
September 2010. Three Sisters in background
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February 2015 - Four plus years is too long to keep Sam away from here!
Notice on the motorcycles there are fewer stops for pics. This road is too good to stop all the time.

Rumor has it a few intrepid riders have snuck motorbikes up past the gates. Try the west gate for fewer witnesses ;) Just kidding. Don't do that stuff! ;) ;)
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

McDowell Creek Ride - no park

24.94 miles
2:05 time
12.0 avg speed
443 ft gain
831 cals

Like good Oregonians, we waited for the rain to start before deciding to go for a ride. McDowell Creek and Berlin roads. 25 miles.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Lebanon to Scio

41.05 miles
3:32 time
11.6 avg
948 elev gain
1086 cals

I was not in the mood for a cold, foggy ride today. It took about 5 miles to change my mind and just enjoy the ride. 11 of us started. 4 did the 30 mile loop and the rest of us continued on to Scio for lunch. About a 39 mile ride, for the group, and 41 miles for Ron and I since we rode from home to the start. The sun never made an appearance today. 
Fog :( 
Are we having fun yet?

Last pic of the day - too cold for picture taking!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Biscuit Ride

If you feed them, they will ride...
May made biscuits! Biscuits and homemade jelly!! A sweet treat before the ride. Thank you May!!!
We met early for a biscuit breakfast send off before the ride. May G. made some wonderful homemade biscuits with a choice of jellies and honey. How great is that!
Biscuit and Jelly Breakfast
Can you believe this is January? Sunny. Warm. Too good to be true and next weekend is looking to be more of the same! We rode a quick loop around the Scio-Crabtree area. What can you say about an uneventful ride? No wind. No rain. The fog had dissapated. No bad dogs gave chase. No stupid cars buzzed too close. Motorcycles - Lots of motorcycles were out enjoying the unseasonably nice weather. Perfection.
Hoffman Bridge
WTF?
Thomas Creek

Lunch was at the Covered bridge cafe, where we ran into an aquantence from past years: Jeremy E. and his friends joined us for lunch. So great to catch up on life.
24 miles - mileage is approximate because, once again, I forgot to turn off the garmin for the car trip home. It listed 41 miles and a hella sweet average. :)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dunn Forest Gravel Grinder

I was in Corvallis for a class this morning (and I mean early morning - how did this night owl get roped into a 7:00 am class???) So after an hour of tweaking and contorting into all manner of impossible positions, all in the name of personalized core conditioning, I was off to explore a corner of McDonald-Dunn Research Forests.

I'm particularly fond of Dunn because it seems like the steep climbs are not quite so intense as those found in Mac Forest. (Well I know of one, but I can avoid it.) It also seems to have more sections of pleasant rolling terrain that are fun to ride. And it has plenty of new (to me) roads to explore.

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Trailhead
The drive out was both foggy and rainy, not a promising start, but at the trailhead blue skies prevailed.  Today's ride was a combination of old familiar roads and unexplored territory.
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And we're off!
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The last time I biked here this was a forested hill.
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North Berry Creek and requisite bike porn.
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Me thinks I'll be going up there
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Lunch break.
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hmmm ... haven't been up there. Off we go!
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At one point I thought I saw a cat or small dog up ahead. Would a cat be way up here alone? It disappeared up the road, and as I rode on I concluded it must be a rabid dog ...

... As I got closer to the spot I was sure it was a baby bear ...
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... with Mama just off the road behind one of those little trees.

Might be a wolf ...

... a big black wolf.

Pedal faster!

One short, steep climb and I was out of the scary animal zone. Must have been a local dog out chasing rabbits, or someone's barn cat hunting field mice. Yeah that's it. A little furball cat.
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Pano looking Northeast-ish?
Sometimes it pays to look behind you. The views were nice either way. Pics don't do them justice. I rode on through the clear cut and into a small forested section.
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Uh-oh!
So tempting. The road is clear just on the other side of the debris ...
Heck, I can make it over this!
Well ... maybe ...

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Made it!
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Mist in trees
By this time the fog has rolled back in obscuring most everything. With limited visibility I rode through another clear cut and back into the forest.
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I sure hope this road is the road I think it is
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Heck yeah! I know this intersection.
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Confirmed.
The rest of the route was a return on the same road I came in on. Passed a few hikers on my way back to the car. One group with a bevy of little kids fading into the mist.

Not bad for a Monday. The views today were fantastic, and varied, and I explored some new territory - always a bonus in my book!

About a 6 mile ride with 1,060 ft. elevation gain
Road 100, 1010, 190. I'll post a map, if I ever learn how to make one. Debris is on the 1010.

Older posts in Dunn Forest:
http://bluekat78.blogspot.com/2012/01/dunn-forest-road-100-exploration.html
http://bluekat78.blogspot.com/2011/12/sunday-in-trees.html