Coast Range Foothills

July 20, 2008

I have always wanted to join the “Wednesday Group” of Obsidian bicyclists, but that is a work day for me. My wish came true when several of the group joined me for my Sunday ride in the Coast Range. We met at Kirk Park, just across from Fern Ridge Dam on what turned out to be a fine morning for a ride. The weather was cool enough for most folks to leave the windbreakers on as we started, but by the time we had finished pedaling up the Lawrence Rd. hill, I think everyone was layered down to t-shirts and shorts.

This loop ride, described in the Lane County Bicycle Map, is a pleasant country ride on mostly low traffic roads. The hills are strategically placed at the first half of the ride, so the harder work comes when riders are fresh. Then the level final leg of the trip was assisted by a nice tail wind from the North.

Our overall pace was pretty relaxed, with several short “chat” breaks as we regrouped at intersections. I couldn’t have asked for a more congenial group of experienced and strong riders, or a nicer summer morning for a ride. Circumstances like that make the leader’s role exceptionally easy and enjoyable.

Thanks to everyone who joined me on this very pleasant outing, with special thanks to George Jobanek for making sure everyone in the group made all the turns and to Sharon Ritchie for doing the “sweep” detail.

Riders were: Bill Aspegren, Paul Garrick, Lyn Gilman-Garrick, Stewart Hoeg, George Jobanek, Doug Nelson (leader), Nathan Nelson, Sharon Ritchie and Joyce Sanders.

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