|Sunrise on the trail|
|Facing Northwest on the trail|
Gearing up in my rain jacket because I was finally feeling the chill of the morning and the dampness was not helping my body warm up I headed on to Bridge Street to finally get the the meat of the ride, Highway 47/202. Having rode this part of the route in February I was well versed in my water stop/restroom break area (Big Eddy County Park), which, like last time also served as my put on the rest of your rain gear because the weather folks screwed the pooch on their prediction again spot. Well the first part of my hope for this ride had fallen apart, dry weather ... poof gone, let the Oregon rain begin. Ironically this county park is about 10ish miles outside of what should be Oregon's nickname city Mist, Oregon. Well played weather gods, well played.
|Sore Donkey chilling in Birkenfeld|
|Somewhere on HWY 103|
|General Store near Elsie|
Feeling good that there was no rain while I was stopped I neglected to put the rain pants back on in hopes that the weather gods would provide me with less rain and more sun. Not to say that I was wrong, but I did have to put my rain pants back on 4 miles into the return ride. Since this is an out and back route I got to encounter all the same features that I did the first time through, only this time there was more traffic. Spinning back through Jewell and turning back on to HWY 202 I headed back to my next stop, the same closed general store in Birkenfeld. Again taking a short break there to strip the rain pants off, I know I really should have learned by now, I was back on the road...and shortly back in the rain.
Rolling into Vernonia I swung into Subway again to get a bite to eat and hopefully warm up a little bit. I was successful at both, although the sandwich I ordered was really not that great (mostly due to the fact that I ordered gluten free bread, which should just be called crumbly breadlike option for suckers). I packed up and headed back on to the trail to blast back to Banks and finish this ride. Oh, and yes I removed my rain pants while in Vernonia, and this time was successful in riding rain free for the last 20 miles!