Average Speed: 11.5 mph; Max Speed 27.2 mph
Elevation Gained: 821 ft
Average Temp: 71.3 F; Temp Range 64.4-82.4F
Today was a lovely day.
I woke up and it was a bit on the chilly side, at least by my standards. I built a wall of panniers to block the wind and heated water for my oatmeal/protein powder/peanut butter breakfast and coffee. But today was going to be a short day, so even after I ate, I just lazed around for a while. I planned out my next few days, looked up places to stay, noted down numbers to call, and spent some time stretching.
I didn’t hit the road until around noon, and my first order of business was to ride the wrong way for about half a mile to make a stop at the post office. They close for lunch at 12:30, so my arrival at a few minutes after 12 was fortuitous. I bought the necessary stamps and sent off my first batch of postcards.
Then I turned my wheels south to Corvallis, where an internet acquaintance was willing to put me up for the night. The views were much different from the coastal forests from the past few days. Farmland and straight roads.
And beautiful houses.
I also passed by a cemetery that was 170 years old, and spotted my first scrub jay of the trip.
I haven’t taken any grackle photos, they tend to be camera shy. But let me tell you, they are not actually shy. I’ve been chased by and scolded by several of these characters. I assume they were defending their territory or offspring.
I would have ridden much farther and straight uphill cheerfully for the hospitality that awaited me. CJ made me very welcome in her home. We talked a bit about my trip, and I showed her my ACA maps by way of explanation. In return, she pointed out interesting places to stop on the next few maps. The Oregon Trail Museum is apparently not to be missed, and there are places where you can still see the ruts made by the wagon wheels. Later, when her husband came home and looked at the maps, he pointed out that same place, so that’s a double recommendation.
She took me on a tour of the town, which was fun. There’s an interesting mix of areas within Corvallis, from the college campus, to the Hewlett Packard campus, a lovely downtown, a riverside park, and more. I wanted to pick up some more postcards, so we stopped at The Inkwell, an eclectic store with kitchenware, Vera Bradley bags, cards, books, Oregon-themed souvenirs, some clothing (including some funky socks that would totally have been tempting if I didn’t have to carry them the rest of the way across the country), artwork, and more. Then we went to a grocery store so I could restock my foods. Granola, pasta, a can of condensed soup for part of tomorrow’s dinner, Gatorade powder (red is not my favorite, but I’m not in a position to be choosy), and some Clif bars. I also bought some ravioli to contribute to dinner, since I’m definitely in “Eat all the food!” mode.
Her family is fun, and we had a great dinner, before I took the opportunity to wash all my clothes properly. I also made sure to call all the two places where I hope to stay the next two days before bed.
Tomorrow’s going to be long but mostly flat. After a short ride today and a spectacular afternoon, I’m all over that.
Also, I had a request to post more flora. RB, here you go.
Roadkill Count: 3 birds, 2 unknown mammals