Eugene, Lorane, Cottage Grove, Eugene loop bike ride

May 23, 1981

Only two riders showed up for this Memorial bike ride that looped around back country roads past fields of newly plowed earth, and fields rampant with multicolored spring flowers splashed across mantles of green. Four deer were seen en route to Lorane where we stopped at a small country store for yogurt and coffee.

Next came a 13 mile ride up and over the ridge that separates Lorane and Cottage Grove. The up part was challenging and the down part was exhilarating. The complete lack of auto traffic on this section of road made it seem like a multi-million dollar bikeway,

A relaxed lunch was taken on the lawn of Cottage Grove’s River Terrace Park nestled along the western bank of the Willamette River, Coast Branch.

By 2:00 p.m. we were homeward bound, with Doris taking over to lead us up Sears Road en route to Creswell. This was a variation in the original planned routing that increased the total trip mileage from 60 to 65. This change made the ride a “Metric Century” (62¼ mi = 100 km). An additional benefit gained was in seeing multiple flocks of Golden Finches perched on the roadside fences of Sears Road.

Our final climb was up and over 30th Avenue where Julia let it all out and did the hill as a sprint. Our riding time was 5 hours and 15 minutes which got us back in the house just prior to the start of a rainfall that never let up much for 36 hours.

Making the ride were: Doris Allen, Julia Natvig, Bob Devine, leader.

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