Hi all! I just learned something new about this blogging stuff that I will pass on. If you click to make a comment, at the end of the comment box there are 2 little squares you can check if you want to be notified when a new post (or new comment) is present. It’s called an RSS feed, and with that, you don’t have to keep checking to see if I’ve added anything since your last visit. Isn this a great world or what!?
Matt and I biked the Bear Creek Greenway www.bearcreekgreenway.com/ from Ashland, OR to Medford, OR and back 2 days ago in weather that just couldn’t be improved. Along the way we saw Red-tailed hawks in full mating display. We turned around at the northern trailhead where the Jefferson Nature Center www.jeffersonnaturecenter.org has a bird feeding station. There we watched western bluebirds dance and twist through the riparian shrubbery. We ate our first (but certainly not the last) Nestle’s Crunch ice cream bar of the season at a little quick mart just down the street. On the return, we paused to watch and listen to two downy woodpeckers flirt and flit around the towering dead tree stumps along the creek’s edge.
All was well until I became annoyed at a repetitive click that I thought was a small stone in my front tire. I stopped and picked off what was actually a large thorn, which resulted in an immediate audible and palpable HISSSSSSSS from my tire. Matt told me to ride as fast and as long as I could, and he would catch up; so I took off, pedalling as fast as my tired old knees would go. Fortunately I was able to reach the Walmart store in Talent right next to the bike path. We found pressurized tire sealant in a can, and it actually worked! It was a little messy, but it got me back to the Ruby Slipper without further mishap. We are now equipped with a patch kit, tire inflator, spare tube and, most importantly, not one but two cans of pressurized sealant.
Unfortunately, my camera battery had died since our last outing, so I have no pictures of the bike trail. Also, we had just had our bikes serviced, and although they shift and run like a dream, my bike computer is not functioning, so I don’t know how far we travelled. We think about 22 miles. If you’re starting to wonder about my competency with technology, you have good cause-I’m a dunce.
The trail has a couple short segments that are dominated by the I-5 expressway but most of it is quite lovely as it follows the riparian corridor. It is fully paved but there are a few rough spots. Someone has thoughtfully outlined all the bumps in bright green paint so they are highly visible. Traffic was light with a few pedestrians, a few more bicyclists and even a horserider. I love the way everyone smiles and says hi or nods as they pass us by. I love it even more when I pass them-it doesn’t happen often.
We spent that night in the Valley of the Rogue State Park www.oregonstateparks.org/images/pdf/rogue_full.pdf between Grants Pass and Medford on I-5. Most of the campground was closed yet for the season but what was open was nearly filled by dark. The I-5 road noise is moderately annoying but not so loud as to keep us awake-especially after that bike ride wore us out. Bathrooms and showers were great!
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