North Fork Siuslaw

August 22, 2009

Thirteen cyclists, including four couples, met in Old Town Florence at 10 a.m. under sunny skies and mid 60s temperatures. It took a while to get everyone’s bikes ready and to pose for a group picture, but eventually we headed up the hill past the Florence Events Center for a brief sojourn on Highway 126. Right after passing the entrance to the casino, we turned left, crossed the highway and began our journey up the North Fork of the Siuslaw. The tide was out as we cruised north past farmland and waterway until reaching the intersection with the Upper North Fork of the Siuslaw Road. We took the Upper North Fork Road and wound through verdant forests, along the lazy river and past some impressive old growth before reaching our lunch point at the Pawn Wayside. The wayside was named after four homesteading families whose last names began with P, A, W and N. We sat and ate on the side of a concrete bridge spanning the river. After a leisurely lunch, we headed back the way we came—looking forward to pedaling downstream and expecting a continuation of the light breeze from the north that had prevailed before lunch. Unfortunately, the wind had come up and was blowing from the south—right into our faces. As a result, we worked a little harder than planned, but nobody was complaining about having to slow down on such a lovely ride. Most of the riders used the extra work as an excuse for a stop at BJ’s Ice Cream after getting back to the parking lot. Riders, members all, were Darrell McBee, Jim Duncan, Darlene Mancuso, George Jobanek, Barb Revere, Anne Bonine, Jack O’Donnell, Judy Terry, Guy Strahon, Peter and Kitson Graham, and Kathy and Stewart Hoeg.

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