Willamette Valley Loop

June 6, 1999

The ride began at 9:45 a.m. at Harrisburg River Park, eight bicycles and riders with rain gear packed away. We had a cool, gray sky but no rain. The moped route headed northeast along paved country roads towards Brownsville. Many wild roses along the fence rows were in full bloom to delight both nose and eye. In Brownsville, a lunch stop in Pioneer Park along the Calapooia River gave us time for conversation. Continuing north on Brownsville Road then west on Linn-west Drive we watched the clouds thicken. Our next stop was at the historic Boston (Thompson Flour) Mill, where Willamette Valley wheat was ground with water power from the Calapooia River. Rain came, rain gear went on and we rode on to Shedd and on west to Pearin Park where we enjoyed more sunshine and some beautiful cloud formations across the valley. Back we cycled to follow less traveled country roads and headed south to Harrisburg by 4:00 p.m. Total mileage: 55, mostly flat, a little wind and a couple of showers. A pleasant ride for Bob Devine, Gayle Berge, Richard Moffitt, Joyce Sanders, Rich & Jan Anselmo, Barbara Bruns and leader Norma Lockyear.

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