North Fork of the Siuslaw

Sunday, August 21, 2011
Leader: Stewart Hoeg
Bike: 37 miles, 200 ft (Moderate)

It was cool and overcast as eight riders prepared to leave the Old Town Florence parking lot to ride up the North Fork of the Siuslaw. The road was busier than usual---which still means relatively car-free. After about 10 miles we got out of the marine layer and basked in cool sunshine up to our lunch at the Pawn Trailhead. The trailhead has a unique picnic table located about 30 feet from the parking area. It is an X-shaped table with room for two on each of the four benches---perfect for our group of eight. We were located just a few feet from a small creek that feeds the Upper North Fork of the Siuslaw. After a leisurely lunch, we headed back towards Florence. Althought the gradual grade was in our favor, we were slowed by a strong headwind. When we neared Florence we rode back into the marine layer. It was still cool and overcast---but far preferable to the 90+ back in Eugene.

Members: Hoeg, Stewart, Strahon, Guy, Terry, Judy, Hughes, Richard, Hoeg, Kathy, Bruns, Barbara, Lindstrom, Lana, Jobanek, George.

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