I started to go over Cardwell Hill, but it was to much for me. Just didn’t have it in me this morning. So Philomath and then some meandering on both sides of the river.
Full moon night ride. Very nice. Started going up Jackson Creek but the new light does not put out much at low speeds. Need to hook it up to a battery.
So Mountain View Overlook Arboretum Ryals Independence Hwy 20 Granger 99 and a loop through some neighborhoods.
Pretty much riding the Ravn for everything now. Year of the Ravn I guess.
This route could be a RUSA "perm pop" so it needs a name. I decided I'd better get the climbing in early as I never get it in at the end. Lewisburg Saddle - Soap Creek - Berry Creek - Airlie - Elkins. When I go to Helmick I had a decision. The strong north wind was tempting and I initially turned south, but I had a hankering for some espresso which I knew would do wonders for my morale, so it was on to Java Crew in Monmouth. They also had a nice penut butter energy bar. I sat on a bench in the shade to enjoy. It wasn't at all hot yet, in fact it barely got over 80 al day.
I continued north through WOU to whatever that road is that cuts over to Independence. By now the north wind was howling so it was good not to be riding into it anymore. The sidewind was bad enough. My back was hurting so I stopped at Independence park and did some stretches. That helped. I filled my water bottles and headed over the bridge to the WVSB and headed south on RIver Road. Now I really had the wind at my back which really helped on the hills. Took the ferry and another break at BV park before the final stretch home.
Woke up at 3 am. Went for a ride to try out my new Sinewave Beacon light. Very nice bright symmetrical beam. Not much output below 5mph. May need to use a battery when climbing in the woods at night.
Short ride to meet Adinah and kids at the arboretum.
Cool cloudy morning. Bad truck traffic forced me to take Oak Grove and Scenic. Really didn’t need the hills so early in the ride. Took the ferry and WVSB through Ankeny refuge. Long way around Independence and Monmouth. Was going to go out Airlie to Berry Creek but my legs were dead and there were big dust clouds from the combines out that way, so back on 99 with a loop around old Adair.