Monthly Archives: May 2012

Biking McKenzie Pass

On Memorial Day, Monday the 29th, I got the chance to ride Scenic McKenzie Pass (Highway 242) for the first time. Being my first year in Eugene, I really wanted to do this ride. I had seen a lot of photos of other cyclists on the ride before, with the high packed snow walls; it just seem incredible. Also, last October, Angel and I had a chance to drive it while going to the OHBS in Bend, it made me really want spend more time there and revisit the Pass.

They close off Hwy 242 during the winter months due to snow. They open it back up in May for a couple weeks only to cyclists, which is a great time to venture out, because you have no fear of cars coming up the hill behind you. The pass is about 4o miles from the turnoff at 126 to Sisters, OR. I chose only to ride up to the Dee Wright Observatory, (22miles) the summit of 5325 feet elevation. 3600 feet of climbing with great views throughout of the Willamette Nation Forest, Mount Washington Wilderness Area, Three Sisters Wilderness Area, and into the Deschutes National Forest (if you continue or start in Sisters). Up towards the top there are amazing lava fields, it’s kind of crazy to think about the lava fields, and how much volcanic activity Oregon had just a couple thousand years ago. At the top, like I mentioned, is the Dee Wright Observatory where you can look out at all the amazing mountain and land formations.

Mckenzie Scenic Byway, Bike Ride

It was a super fun ride. I tend to ride a little slow, taking about 4 or 5 hours on my way up, but that includes a lot of stops for photos, food, making a couple snowmen, and just enjoying the view. It then only took about 45mins to get back down to the bottom. An incredible descent after riding that same route up. I totally recommend this ride for anyone who ever gets a chance. Just be prepared to climb a lot. Here are my photos from the ride.

Map at the ranger station Highway 242 Canopy Bicycles Only Beyond This Point Lookout Western Trillium Highway 242 USBM? Now that's a snow blower

Along the way I decided to made a couple snow men just for fun. I thought other cyclists would like the encouragement while going up and down the pass. The one in the road has 2 faces. I had to climb the snow wall to get his features, but that was really cool itself.
I made a snowman Snowman 1
I made a second snowman - face 1
Backside face 2 Snow Wall
Lichen Gets Cold Up There
Lunch 5325+ feet 5325 Feet

360 Degree View along Highway 242
360 Degree Highway 242

360 Degree View from atop Dee Wright Observatory
360 Degree Dee Wright Observatory

Here is a 360 Degree View from atop Dee Wright Observatory from the first time Angel and I drove the pass last October on our way to Bend for the OHBS. We took a lot of photos that day. I’m really glad I got a chance to ride the pass, hopefully I get to do it again.
360 degree view

History of McKenzie Pass – HERE

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Eugene’s Ride Of Silence 2012

The Ride Of Silence was last night, May 16th in Eugene. If you don’t know what the Ride Of Silence is it a ride to remember cyclist killed or injured on the road. The ride has been going on for 10 years now, and is held on the third Wednesday of May, at 7 p.m local time all across the world.
Ride of Silence Ride of Silence
Ride of Silence Ride of Silence
Ghost Bike - Ride of Silence Ghost Bike - Ride of Silence
Ghost Bike - Ride of Silence Ride of Silence - Ending

Here is what the route looked like.
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My Surly LHT Turns 2 Years Old

I have had my Surly Long Haul Trucker for 2 years now, and I have never doubted myself for choosing it over a different bike. The love story between me and the LHT began long before I got her. For years I knew I wanted the bike. I would try out other bikes at shops and never be happy with how they felt or how they were set up. I knew I wanted to do long rides and touring so why not go with a full out touring bike such as the LHT? The one thing was I already had a decent amount of bikes and not a lot of money. Also, I didn’t like the colors it was offered in for a couple years. They were dull colors: Utility Blue, Olive Green, Truckaccino Tan, I wanted something brighter, and then they showed off the new color at Interbike in October 09, Blue Velvet (also known as Hill Street Blue) and I knew I really wanted it.

First Photo of My Surly and I

I moved to Oregon in late March of 2010. A month later, on April 25th, I bought my Surly Long Haul Trucker. I was so happy that day, finally getting a super comfortable bicycle to ride for a long time.

Rain Cape

This year on April 25th I happily was able to do a nice 20mile ride with a friend in the morning. Then after he left to go home I kept going, ending up riding just over a metric century that day, 67.58miles in total.

Happy Birthday Surly 2 Years Of Good Rides Together, And Lots More To Come. Birthday Breakfast Only I Can Enjoy, Sorry Surly.
Ride With A Friend Bill's Bench Right When It Starts Raining
Ride Treat Rain Cape Tent
Taking A Break From The Rain Fox Hollow and Lorane
Untitled A stop at the end of the Fern Ridge Path, then back into town.
Surly's Metric Century Birthday Ride, and I still have 4 more miles and need to get some groceries. From after Surly's Birthday Ride on the April 25th
Surly Birthday Bike Route

Last year on Surly’s birthday I got him the Surly Rear Nice Rack, and this year I got him the Surly Front Nice Rack to Match. This rack is massive, and will certainly see a lot of use. Now I just need to get myself a set of Ortlieb Front-Roller Panniers to match my Back-Roller.

Surly Front Nice Race First Ride With My New Surly Front Nice Rack

Happy Birthday Surly!!!