Nancy Cycles!

Nancy Cycles!
"You got to be careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." ... Yogi Berra

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Albany to Halsey, OR

Another great cycling day, although the second half brought us headwind for most of the way. Strong headwind I might add. That helped tire us out by the end of the day.

We were still in the country side and enjoyed the farm animals. Two of the goats in this group were "bickering" and the goat dog ran at them to put a stop to it. They ambled off into their own spot to graze and peace prevailed.

The farm buildings add to the peaceful landscape, and country homes nestle in the trees.

There are often times we need to stop to look at our map, have a chat about the route, or (yes, even on a bike rde) answer a cell phone.

I was taken by the vast fields of clover -- I have to guess for bees?

Our friends Linda and Brent had to leave us early for family commitments in Montana and then Idaho. We said our goodbyes midway in our riding day and know we will miss them for our final day tomorrow. But Linda will be glad to know that if she had to quit, she did it at the right time -- that horrendous headwind began just after Brent loaded up her and her bike for their departure. I became a bit envious at the time, but now that it is in my past, I am happy to have successfully completed the ride and tamed the wind!

Three of us found a cafe in the town of Shedd. With no town sign, we thought we were in Thomas Mills where we were to meet up with others for a lunch stop. Where was everyone? Oh well, we are hungry so let's eat and worry about them later. They of course were in Thomas Mills, just a mile further down the road. However, we were the ones who found the only restaurant in the area while they had "picnic fare" at a town park.

We have ridden near the Willamette River for quite a bit on or tour, but seldom got to see it. Today we got a glimpse.

The very end of the ride for the day was, once again, plagued with a strong headwind, this time coupled with loud traffic on a highway. Not the greatest was to end a day, but getting the the motel with snacks and drinks by the poolside was a welcome treat.

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