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Willamette Cycling – Tuesday

Above:  Jeff and Tamara walk through the Douglas Fir of Silver Falls State Park

Every day we fall in love with Oregon for new reasons.  Today was no different. This was our “bike and hike” day and the hike did not disappoint.

We started out of Silverton and immediately started the 18 mile climb to Silver Falls State Park.  The first tenth of a mile was 11%, but then settled in to a steady 3-6% grade.  Ed and I spent two and a half hours getting to the park.  The last 5 miles tour owner, John Humphries, rode with us and we enjoyed John’s infectious love of life and cycling.  John has become a good friend and I was humbled to find that he often watches our worship services on the internet.

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Once we arrived at the state park we set off on our hike, viewing waterfalls and incredible plant life.

Shamrocks in bloom

Shamrocks in bloom

Joe and Cheryl walk under one of the falls

Joe and Cheryl walk under one of the falls

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Ed Watters sits under the falls, eating lunch. Becky Pratt of Iowa in the background.

Following 3 hours of hiking, we put our cycling shoes back on and rode back to Silverton, making a big loop for the day.

The views, the fields, the landscape, both on the  way up and on the way down were spectacular.  The ride was just challenging enough and the hike put a whole new perspective on our experience.

Things are a bit up in the air for tomorrow.  We know where we will end up, but not where we start.  The fires I mentioned in the post of Crater Lake are playing havoc with our route.  Our guide, Steve, has spent the day scouting alternatives.  We eat at 6:30 Am and then shuttle to wherever he has found for us to begin.  The adventure continues.

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