The Substance of Faith

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Willamette Valley Cycling Trip – Crater Lake Ride

All of us from Rome, plus Norris Broyles from Atlanta, added a day on the front end of the tour – to ride the rim around Crater Lake.  The map and elevation profiles are above. After  long drive from Portland on Thursday night, we had a good night’s sleep at Union Creek Resort (circa 1950).  In the morning we adjusted seats and pedals on our rental bikes before we ate breakfast.  Ed Watters and Norris ate early and took off to ride to the park entrance from our lodging.  The ride to the entrance was about 13 miles in the midst of huge Douglas fir trees – at an average 3% grade the entire way.

Norris and Ed start early

Norris and Ed start early

Eventually thr group arrived at the park entrance and began to cycle the six miles up to the lake.  It took the slowest  among us an hour to complete the climb.   The view at the top was worth it all. Picture 037

The ride around the rim was difficult, either a hard climb or a rapid descent that required all your attention.  The standard measurement of a ride’s difficulty is 1000 feet of elevation change per 10 miles.  Yesterday was about 1100 feet per ten miles.

But the beauty of the setting, a stellar day, plus good friends outweighted the difficulty of the ride, which in the end was a fun challenge accomplished.

Everyone who had a school jersey celebrated game day down South by sporting their team's logo.  We had lots of fun comments from other people.

Everyone who had a school jersey celebrated game day down South by sporting their team’s logo. We had lots of fun comments from other people.

On the ride home we spent much of our time in post-game traffic coming out of  Eugene, following the Ducks defeat of Michigan State.  Arriving back at the hotel at midnight, we were all ready for  a good nights sleep.

 

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