Coast Range Loop

May 26, 2007

Everyone knows that you should count on rain for the Memorial Day weekend in western Oregon, but in our case we were lucky. Eight hardy Obsidian bicyclists met at the Alvadore Public Library on a cool, sunny Saturday morning for a ride through the farms and woodlands of the Coast Range foothills.

Our 35 mile loop ride was as described in the Lane County Bicycle Map from the Lane Co. Parks. I highly recommend this as a very pretty and enjoyable ride. The ride starts on Clear Lake Road passing the Fern Ridge dam then does most of its 800 ft. of elevation gain early in the ride on fairly moderate grades. A couple of steeper, but short pulls are rewarded with some great swooping glides down hill.

The back half of the ride is level. Traffic was light and the riding very relaxed and pleasant. We completed our ride in about 3 hours, including a nice break for snacks and conversation.

This would be a good ride at any time, but if you are rewarded with a fine spring day and the great company that we had on this trip you should consider yourself lucky. I know I did. Thanks to my friends, new and old, who joined me on this most enjoyable outing!

Bikers were: Deb Carver, Laurie Funkhouser, Kitson Graham, Peter Graham, George Jobanek, Darrell McBee, Doug Nelson (leader) and John Pegg.

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