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Willamette Cycling – Monday

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Joe and Cheryl Burch arrive at today’s lunch stop.

In the grocery store I’ve seen Oregon Blueberry’s.  In the hardware store I’ve seen Oregon grass seed.  Until today I never realized the diversity of Oregon’s agriculture industry.

Ed, Norris Broyles, and I started a few minutes early today, as slower riders are encouraged to do.  As soon as we passed out of McMinnville, we began to ride through a fertile countryside – every square in of which – appeared to be under cultivation.  The entire 48 miles today passed through fields of corn, fescue, and rye grass being grown for seed.  Or acres of onions, orchards of apples and pears, or interesting trellises of hops.  Several people stopped to pick blackberries on the side of the road.  And, of course, there were many, many vineyards.

The Texans passed us about an hour into the morning.

The Texans passed us about an hour into the morning.

After arriving in Silverton, several of us tried to recount all the crops we had seen.  Each one was able to remember an additional plants that others had forgotten.

 

On the road with Norris Broyles.  Norris rode with us last year in Vermont.

On the road with Norris Broyles. Norris rode with us last year in Vermont.

On paper, today’s  distance did not seem long, but at the end of the day, with a headwind picking up, it was enough.  The only climb of the day started with a testy little grade and turned into four miles of grinding out the pedal strokes.

Today’s ride was one of my favorite days on a Lizardhead trip.  The landscape was interesting, the weather was wonderful, and the view at lunch amazing.  Now we look forward to tomorrow’s “bike and hike.”


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