Saturday June 17th we busted our butts weeding the shrub beds in the backyard. We decided that Sunday needed to be a ride day because all work and no play.........
It used to be that we'd ride to eat. Pick a destination based on a restaurant choice and point the bikes in that direction. Since going vegan over 6 years ago that proves to be a bit more difficult so Troubadour had the idea of riding for coffee. There are a lot of little coffee shops within a days ride.
Troubadour left the destination planning up to me so I chose the Siuslaw Coffee Roasters in Florence as our destination. Temperatures in the valley were going to top out at 86˚F (30˚C) and Florence was forecast for a high of only 70˚F (21˚C) We decided on a route that had some back roads, some gravel roads, and a little highway riding too (no way to avoid the highways). This would be my longest journey on the Versys 300x to date - 195 miles (313.8 km)
We set off down Bellfountain Road to Territorial Road then headed west on Highway 36. A left turn put us onto Poodle Creek Rd. A nice twisty back road that heads South where it intersects with Highway 126.
We turned west on Highway 126 and then turned right onto a gravel road to take us to the Wildcat covered bridge. We'd actually been there once before - almost a year ago to the day and it was under construction at that time. Having been built in 1925, it was long overdue for some TLC. Last years blog post --> LINK.
|(ScooterBob at the Wildcat Covered Bridge)|
|( Looking a little right you could see a railway bridge)|
There were quite a few people down by the river and some were in kayaks, and others were swimming. That water must have been cold though as the river is in the foothills of the coastal mountains.
We got back on the bikes and decided to take the gravel road, which turns into Stagecoach Road, until it intersects Highway 36 at Swisshome. It is a lovely one lane gravel road that twists and turns and undulates along the river for about 15 miles.
Troubadour recently bought a 360Fly camera and was having some issues turning it on. We stopped in a bit of shade while he fiddled with it. I took advantage of the break and pulled my camera out of my pocket.
|(Gravel road heading west - view from the Versys cockpit)|
|(Where we'd been - a view of the Versys mirror)|
|(Even had time for a selfie - I'm wearing my Rev'it mesh jacket and HJC helmet)|
|(Troubadour fiddling with the 360Fly camera)|
He managed to get it working and we were off. The camera is quite something. If your computer's operating system is compatible or you are on your smart phone you can actually look around while watching the video and look at the scenery, not just the direction the camera appears to be pointed. He has posted a few videos on Facebook, hopefully he will find time to blog a few clips as well.
Stagecoach Road comes out on Highway 36 which we took west to where it intersects with Highway 126 and took that along the river to Florence. We stopped at the Siuslaw River Coffee Roasters in Old Town by the river. As we were pulling up two motorcyclists were leaving so we had parking out front. The outdoor seating was just to the left of the bikes.
I went inside and purchased us each a 16 oz iced vanilla soy latte. They seemed rather weak, but they were cold. We sat outside and enjoyed the view of the historic Siuslaw River bridge, which opened in 1936, and did some people watching too.
|(The bikes at the Siuslaw River Coffee Roaster in Florence, Oregon)|
|(ScooterBob posing for the camera)|
|(Historic bridge over the Siuslaw River)|
Too soon we were back on the bikes and heading east towards home. We retraced most of our route except for the large gravel area as it would have taken us out of the way and we weren't keen on the extra stretch of Highway 126. It is the major highway between Florence and Eugene and there is always a lot of traffic on the weekends, especially RV's.
We did stop twice along the way. Once for a potty break (damn coffee) and once to give us a break from the constant buffeting of the wind. Troubadour's knee was giving him grief and my sits bones were sore - not much padding on
my arse the Versys seat.
We arrived home at 6:30 pm, 7 hours after leaving the house. Not a bad day to be out on two wheels.
- Au Revoir
"Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation." - Jane Austen.