Saturday dawned beautiful and sunny with forecast highs in the valley to be 84˚F (28.8˚C). We initially intended a ride to the coast to escape my allergies but with a high in Newport of only 58˚F (14.4˚C) we decided against it. No need to freeze at the coast when we can stay toasty warm in the valley.
We rode to coffee and talked about where to ride. With no decision made yet, we headed downtown to my office to leave our gear while we walked to the post office (the rack was delivered for the XT) and had Indian buffet for lunch. Tasty, but we ate too much.
After lunch we decided it was too darn nice to go home and Troubadour pointed us south with intentions of riding the Alsea Falls twisties. We took a slightly different route which put us on Highway 34. A left turn took us through the hairpin twisties and the road to Mary's Peak in the Siuslaw National Forest. With Troubadour in the lead he opted for a scoot to the top on Mary's Peak - a detour of just over 9 miles of twisties each way. It is a narrow 1.5 lane paved forest service road with no dividing line. I don't usually like it due to the high number of jacked up pickup trucks barreling down the mountain on your side of the road while trying to pass the bicyclists. Saturday was better. There didn't seem to be as many people out and around, maybe because Oregon State University's commencement was the same day.
Fun fact - Mary's Peak is the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range at 4,097 feet.
We took a few photos while at the top.
Back down the twisties to Highway 34 and then towards Alsea. We made a left turn in Alsea to ride by Alsea Falls and into Alpine. Judging by the number of cars parked along the road we opted not to stop at the falls thinking it was busy enough to fill the parking lot and those cars were the overflow.
The road around Alsea Falls, until you get close to Alpine, is a 1.5 lane road with no dividing line as well. Very popular with motorcyclists and bicyclists alike.
From Alpine we turned North and headed home. It was only a 100 mile loop but Max's odometer did turn over 8,000 miles finally. About time.
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Yesterday just after lunch I was sitting on the sofa something caught my eye in the front yard. I thought it was a large dog until he raised his head. Not nearly as dangerous as the bears others have been seeing and he was kind enough to 'fertilize' the front lawn while he was there too.
- Au Revoir
"You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive." - Author Unknown