However, I have been in Oregon for 5 days now and when I come to Oregon to ride it seems like heaven to me. Life just doesn’t seem to get any better. Let me describe a typical day here. I wake up and go scout out a new coffee place. There are lots of choices and many good ones. Then it’s off to some riding and Oregon has ALL kinds of good riding. Whether it be road, urban or single-track, Oregon seems to have it all. After spinning, it’s off to sample one of the many micro brews. There are breweries everywhere! Beer seems to flow like water around here. This is all good news for me because without coffee and beer, my personality would hardly be discernable. But I digress.
Back to the topic at hand. The Deschutes River Trail was a great ride. I’ve been sitting here trying to think of how to put the experience to words, but I don’t think words can do it justice. Pictures might get us closer, but as I review my shots they even seem to come up short. Although Deschutes River wouldn’t be considered a destination ride, it is a can’t miss if you are in Bend. This ride had it all minus big climbs and screaming descents. It’s not very technical or aerobically challenging, but it is just 12 miles of plain fun. Don't get me wrong, it's not a trail to bring your grandma on as there are a few surprises. Do you like variety in your rides?
|amazing views and endless photo ops? check|
|little rock and roots? and check|
|trail that meanders through boulders and rock cut-outs? and check|
|little exposure to keep the hear rate up? and check|
|falls and rapids? i could go on|
|interesting trail feature on the Blackrock Trail|
|sign refers to rapids not trail|
It was a good day of riding. Not an epic ride, but one that will stick in my mind for a long time. Time to gear up for the big dogs now…