Little Fall Creek

April 22, 1984

We started our bike trip at 9 a.m. under cloudy skies. First we stopped at the 5th St. Public Market for a nice cup of coffee. Then we left Eugene via the bikepath along Willamette River towards Springfield. As we biked around Springfield on another bikepath we thought we saw the Easter bunny, but a closer look showed him behind, a wire fence with a sign, “Fryer Rabbits”. Soon we arrived at our unique route—a paved private road along Jasper valley, which is closed to auto traffic. Meanwhile the clouds broke up, and we enjoyed warm sunshine. The road offered delightful views of the lovely valley in its spring color. All we heard was the wind and the sons of the birds. About l½ hours later we arrived at Little Fall Creek Campground over a gravel road. We had lunch there sitting, under old fir trees just above the creek. The campground is closed, and no one else was there. After lunch we biked down Little Fall Creek road along the roaring creek. We made a short stop at the old covered Pengra Bridge, and headed then towards Jasper. There we had a second lunch at Jasper Park (bikers eat a lot for some reason). Most of our group live in Springfield, so we finished our ride there by 4 p.m. We covered 53 miles. Nonmembers of this enjoyable ride were Bob John, Loretta Laws, Terry Wallace and members Dick and Rose Marie Moffitt (on a tandem bike) and leader Guenther Fuernsteiner.

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