Category Archives: Day Ride

100th Post, Here’s Some Flowers

It’s my 100th post on this blog. I wanted to do something a little more exciting for this post, but I think this will do for now. Angel and I have been in Eugene for 11 months now. We find new places to go, and things to do everyday. Here is a link to my first post from right after we moved here and rode the Fern Ridge Bike Path all the way out for the first time. Since then we have found so many more places to ride, but Fern Ridge is still one of the nicest places we like to ride here in Eugene. Our last adventure didn’t include the FRBP, but instead one of our favorite places to gets treats, Sweet Life Patisserie. Angel loves their chocolate tortes and pies, and I always get an oven-warmed cinnamon roll.

Pie Girl Cinnamon Roll Boy

The other day we went to the Owen Rose Garden, and here are some photos I took there. I’m not a big fan of roses, so I tend to take photos of all the other pretty flowers at the garden. I did take one photo of a wild rose though, but they look nothing like a cultivated rose.

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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

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!!!

Moonlight Mash

Last night was the Moonlight Mash ride around Eugene. There were a lot of great people, music, dancing, and bike riding. Starting at Kesey Square, then onto the rest of downtown, river paths, the university, and ending at Falling Sky Brewery. Hopefully there will be more rides like this in the future. Due to the fact that it was night time,  I didn’t get any photos of the ride.

Moonlight Mash Roundup

360 of the pre-ride roundup

Moon

Moon over the Willamette from Autzen Footbridge

Lots of Bicycles

Bikes outside Falling Sky Brewing

Carrot Ginger and Blueberry Pomegranate Orange Sodas!!!

Falling Sky’s Blueberry Carrot Ginger and Blueberry Pomegranate Orange Sodas

Photo: March Starts

March has been very eventful for me so far, but there haven’t been any big topics I have wanted to blog about yet.

Last week I got to go on a nice long ride with a friend outside of Eugene; we got to sit and watch some cute baby pigs for a little bit. The next day, Angel and I had a nice ride around Eugene. We went to the Masonic Cemetery, and got a lot of great photos of some wild flowers. I’ll write about the cemetery next time I go there. It’s a great place to spend some time looking around. Afterwards we went to Viva! Vegetarian Grill for some ice cream and sweet potato fries. (Recently, I  won a free ice cream cone, for guessing the flavor right on their Facebook Page, but haven’t had the chance to clam my prize. It’s peanut butter. YUM!) Later that night Angel and I went out to eat with some friends at Cornbread Cafe, our first time there. We have had really nice weather so far this month, but it looks like the next couple weeks might not be that great.

Rant:
Most recently Angel and I went to see The Lorax. When we got our movie tickets we didn’t really look at the tickets themselves right away. (We got the tickets early). Later we realized we had received IMAX tickets. We have never seen anything in IMAX, and neither of us have ever seen a 3D movie. We don’t care for the idea of 3D movies,  as we both have glasses (and don’t want to deal with the 3D pair), and find all the hype annoying.  After we went to exchange the IMAX tickets for normal 2D tickets, we were told they were for John Carter, (didn’t notice that part) not what we wanted at all. We just wanted to see The Lorax, standard 2D, not John Carter IMAX 3D.

Well anyway, here are some nice photos I have taken since the beginning of the month.

Nice Fork Detail and New Rack Mounts On The Surly LHT Gamboling Goats Little Piglets Rooting Sow My Yellow Porch Chair - Warmer outside than inside. Safety Melon at The Library I Would Live There Flower at The Masonic Cemetery Flower at The Masonic Cemetery Flower at The Masonic Cemetery Finger Pointing Down Hope Abbey Hope Abbey Hope Abbey Apple Spice Icecream at Viva! Sweet Potato Fries and Vegan CheeSauce 
Angel Hot Things! Mac unCheese and Cornbread The Eugenewich and Crinkle Fries Gravy Fries Eating On The Front Porch One Other Bike My Pants :: New Pants Bike Pin Broom Stand When you ask for the Lorax 2D, make sure you don't get John Carter 3D.

Photo: February Adventures

Throughout the month of February I took a lot of great photos that I never used in any of my posts here. So instead of letting them fade back into the darkness of Flickrs past I have collected them all here for anyone interested. February was quite eventful this year. I ended up going on a couple good long rides with friends as well as by myself. I had some good foods I haven’t had in a long time, like a Voodoo Doughnut. And had some great finds like a compost bin and  roller trainer.
Now, on to March for even more exciting new adventures for me.

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GreenCycle Services Christmas Tree Pick Up Peanut Butter Sandwich Easter Island Head Spencer Butte Willamette and Fox Hollow Bill's Bench Country Road Shed At My Back - The Sunset Tri-Color Rotini - after ride meal. Moon Mountain City Park Tires - I just learned Moon Mt. City Park seems to be nothing more then a tire dump. How fun. Boat Protected Natural Area The Moon Hendricks Park Smoothie YUM!!! Bikes Contents of an Owl Pellet Working Glasses - the best My Birthday Dinner Book Eating Robot Glazed Doughnut - it's been too long Angel's New Robot Necklace Pizza Heart Skinner Butte Climbing Columns Up Close Rode Up Skinner Butte 10 Times - Unofficial World Record Early Morning Ride Connecting Communities Sponsors Magazine & Newspaper Room Ceiling Added Reflective Tape to My Rims Bridge Tower Angel and Her Linus Me and My Surly Best Buy's Bike Racks are Full Taking a Break From The Rain Vanilla Shake Rain Cape into Rain Cover - securely locked Squid!!! Found a nice large compost bin on the side of the road for free. On My Way Home Glass Yehuda Moon & The Kickstand Cyclery - Patch and Books Pot Tower My Bike Takes Me Places That School Never Could Velomobile Bikes Outside The Job Fair Out For A Ride Boca Burger with Onions and Fries Got a CycleOps Roller Trainer on Craigslist Today. Now I'm riding it in the kitchen, I'm pleased. To Much Smoothie - What's a boy to do? Smoothie Cube Starter Work

Video & Photo: Skinner Butte Climb

Skinner Butte is located just north of downtown Eugene, and everyone here knows it and has probably a ridden their bike up it a couple times. It’s not a hard ride really, just slow going. Last week I rode up and down it 10 times (making it a little tiring) just to make this 2min video for fun. It allowed me to try the camera out in different angles and views, and ended up being quite fun climbing it that many times in a row.

I got some nice photo on the ride that I like.
Skinner Butte Climbing Columns Skinner Butte Climbing Columns Up Close Skinner Butte Reservoir 1926 Down Hill Bend Looking At Spencer Butte Rode Up Skinner Butte 10 Times - Unofficial World Record  Sunset

I ended up taking over an hour of footage for this 2min video, 10 rides up and down. I did it to try out all the different angles I might be able to do with my GoPro.
Each Ride and What I did that Time
1. Front facing from helmet
2. Pointed at my face (not used)
3. Pointed at gears
4. From rear facing pedals
5. Front wheel
6. Handlebars facing downtube
7. Scenery
8. Map My Ride route mapping (pictured at the bottom)
9. Photos
10. Fun for good measure