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Willamette Cycling Trip – Thursday

Thursday was our most challenging, and my least favorite day.  The challenge was not the length or the grade.  It was traffic and route.  Again, this was a day where we were forced to detour because of the fires.  After shuttling back to Dexter Reservoir (except Ed Watters and Tony, who rode from Oak Ridge) we started off on some nice back roads that included a beautiful covered bridge.

After pedaling briefly on some good roads, we turned onto highway 126.  With the exception of short periods were parallel roads allowed us off the highway, this was our route for the rest of the day.  It was a steady, shallow uphill grade, often in the sun, with a narrow shoulder.

Before the break I picked up my second flat of the trip.  Again, John was nearby and because we were near the morning break stop, he threw my bike in the car and we drove the short distance to where the others had stopped.  After snacking while John repaired the tire, we set off again on highway 126.  It was more of the same.  Drivers were mostly courteous, but it was unnerving sharing the lane with semi’s and logging trucks.  After lunch I packed it in for the day and rode in the van to our destination at Belknap Springs.

The lodge at Belknap was the wonderful.  The pool outside the lobby was fed by natural, hot springs.  How good it was to relax in the pool after 6 days of riding.

The day did not offer much opportunity pictures or sight seeing. We all wish we could have seen the original route which was closed due to the fire.

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