Cottage Grove-Oakland Loop

June 21, 2004

I almost had a taker this time around, but we couldn’t work out a day that we could both go, so at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, a day later than scheduled, I started pedalling solo. The high fog burned off when I was mid-way along Cottage Grove Reservoir, but from London I could see a fog bank hanging over the Calapooya Divide, nice weather for a ride as it keeps the temperatures mild. The Scots broom had pretty much bloomed out, but they were loaded with seeds, ensuring that we’ll continue to “enjoy” this plant in the future. Foxglove and tiger lilies in full bloom graced the roadside throughout much of the ride. I entered the fog when nearing the top of the climb, but this burned off when I was about half-way through the Shoestring Valley. From then on it was cloudless skies and warm, but generally not too hot, temperatures. After lunch and water refill at the Oakland city park I continued on west of I-5 and north to Metz Hill, where I encountered a slight problem—the road crew had been busy repaving a section of the road. As they were on lunch break I was able to ride on through without stopping, though my tires built up a coating of oil and gravel bits which persisted for several miles after. Then I took the Goodrich Hwy. up over the hill for a fast descent into Rice Hill, and a two-scoop cone at Peggy’s. Return to Cottage Grove was via Yoncolla, Drain (with a stop at Anna Drain city park), Curtin, and Lorane.

—Wayne Deeter

Water wheel which turned the grist mill at Oakland

Roadside display of Clarkia near Metz Hill

Fortification at the Anna Drain city park

Tiger lily and friend

—photos by Wayne Deeter

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