Sunday, August 23, 2009

This may have been the best weekend of summer yet!

With the days of summer dwindling, Tim and I decided to change it up a bit. Yes, we love going to the cabin, but we hadn't been to McKenzie River in a few years. And with the transition season between mountain bike and cyclocross, I can enjoy some fun loving! We were definitely roughing it. Cooking with charcoal and all. We had intentions to camp, but somehow we landed at the Cedarwood Lodge cabins. One mile from the lower McKenzie River Trail trailhead.
Tim shows his excellent charcoal bbq-ing skills Friday night after our arrival.

Saturday we were going all the way up, around the lake, and back down. One small problem was our "Texas alpine start." But we did make it home before dark. Well, sort of. It was a long excursion, with lots of picture taking, great riding, burgers at Clear Lake. Seriously, I was smiling ear to ear for most of the day! It was hard not to.

Tim crossing one of the many bridges over the tributaries to the McKenzie River.

The waterfall towards the top.

The trail on the east side of Clear Lake.

After a burger break, we were ready for another 26+ miles. The fun direction!

The blue pool.

It's not dark yet...

We finished just in the nick of time. We had about a 1.5 mile ride back to the cabin, but the smile never really left my face the whole day.

And even before showering, post-ride beers are mandatory.

Sunday we opted for an exploration ride on our cyclocross bikes up FR1993. It was a bit more than I bargained for, with a climb out of the gate, climbing 3500 feet in 9 miles. After over 60 miles of mountain biking the day before, I had to remember to smile a few times. But the views were spectacular and my attitude was good. Thankfully we cut the ride 'short' and only rode for about 4 hours. 46 miles with 6500 feet of climbing and lot's of slow gravel road descending. On the map, it really didn't look that long. After Tim flatted and we realized we didn't have a patch kit or another tube that had a long enough stem, we got a little nervous, being that we didn't see a moving car all day and it was a long way home. But we made it and cold beer was waiting at the car. Ahhh, life is good.

The 3 sisters.

Love those self-timer photos.

Tim taking a snack break with Mt. Bachelor in background.

Cougar Reservoir was beautiful and remote. We had to nix the ride around it. Not enough time.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Looks like fun! Can't wait to ride again! Did get to start on the trainer over the weekend!