On Saturday SpartanBabe (aka Meg who just bought a Triumph America) came to join us at coffee and we discussed a possible ride for Sunday if the weather was nice.
Sunday dawned with nothing but blue skies and the promise of warm temperatures. Just before 9:00 am SpartanBabe sent us a text message stating she would be ready to roll at 11:30 am. I sent her a message back and let her know we'd meet her at her house. She was planning on riding around the east side of the valley and that suited us fine since we were having trouble coming up with ideas for a route.
Troubadour led me though the back roads for about 24 miles and we arrived with a few minutes to spare. Troubadour parked in the driveway, but because of the incline I opted for parking at the end of the driveway since we were at the end of a cul-de-sac and I knew there wouldn't be any traffic.
Here is Max all by himself at the end of the driveway.
Soon enough we were off. Troubadour and SpartanBabe both needed fuel so we stopped at the Safeway petrol station. I managed to snap a few more pics.
We headed east and turned this way and that, went south for a while along the river then east some more, then north a little. I can't really tell you exactly where we were as I had no clue for most of the day. I don't know much about the back roads on that side of the valley. It is a good thing that SpartanBabe was gracious and led the way.
At one point she made a slight detour because she thought I'd be interested in a local covered bridge. She was right.
The Thomas Creek (Shimanek) covered bridge.
|(Thomas Creek - Shimanek Covered Bridge)|
Oregon has the largest collections of covered bridges in the west and one of the largest in the nation. For more information on the names and locations of our covered bridges please click this ---> link.
I also took a few other pictures while stopped.
|(Notice how the Suzuki has to trail the Triumphs ....... kidding ...... I swept by choice)|
|(wide angle to show some terrain)|
This was the last stop of the ride. We looped around and ended back at SpartanBabe's house. I think it was about 2:00 pm. From there we headed home.
Round trip for us was 125 miles. Not a long ride, but is sure was nice to be out in the sunshine. A lot of other folks must have had the same idea as we saw a lot of other riders on the road.
When we arrived home the thermometer said it was 68˚F (20˚C) in the back yard in the shade. We decided it was a perfect time to relax on the deck and just enjoy the warm weather for a bit.
This weekend is looking to be another warm one. Fingers are crossed for some more riding.
- Au Revoir
"Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.