May 25, 2015:
Yesterday afternoon ended on a warm note with heat, blue sky and just a few clouds. This morning is foggy, cloudy and cold I’ve broken camp by seven o’clock, thankfully I had a good nights sleep and I’m ready to hit the road in a fury of pedaling. As I look around on my way out of the camp area and on the road, I see that my camping spot is exit 9, the Shaw Aumsville exit.
About seven miles east of Stayton I stopped to photograph a stand of purple iris. I know they are wild in theses parts, so I wanted something colorful for the website.
It has been foggy and a little rainy, the kind of misty rainfall you get with a low cloud. The scenery so far is boring and I’m frantically attempting to find pictures, but nothing excites me.
I found an old red barn and off white farm house then an old saw mill still in operation since 1966. It is at a small private road called Maple way SE and the sign here says Hardwood Components Inc the house and barn are on the opposite side of the road and down to the west about a hundred yards. The town could possibly be called Mehama as it is close by, but I’m not sure, and there are few indicators.
I checked into the local restaurant called the Gingerbread House and they stated that this is all part of Mehama. I’m at the junction of Highway 22 and highway 226 trying to decide if I want to continue south to Lebanon or if I want to continue east through the pass.
I chose to take 226 toward Albany. I have a better feeling about going further south until the weather is warmer. My body needs warm weather right now, and that’s what I would like most of all, endless summer.
The cute blonde haired girl behind the counter at The Gingerbread House restaurant was helpful, although she couldn’t state what the weather was like in Santiam pass. Just as well really, I had a bad foreboding feeling about the pass.
I found an old abandoned hay barn between Scion and Lyons at mile mark 18 – there are other farms around but why this is here with no “No trespassing” signs is a mystery. I was able to walk inside and get a few snapshots of the interior. Another barn, this time it’s a hip-roof, red barn outside Scio, across the road from 41389 Highway 224.
I’m going to take another little detour here off 224, to go on Richardson Gap Road. I can see a covered bridge almost a mile away and I’ll go photograph it before moving on toward scion. Shimsnek Bridge built in 1966 over Thomas Creek. Next to the bridge there is a field with rusting farm equipment like rake, baler, manure spreader and other things that are too buried in grass to be photogenic.
In my continued peddaling fury, I made Scio by11:30, then continuing toward Albany. Stopped to photograph the Scio war memorial – then along highway 224 west at Hillside way to picture a small red barn. I have been doing a zigzag route again, first east, now west and I’ve been missing turn offs that I should have taken to conserve energy and cut down on my mileage.
Photo of South Santian river and Shirley Mays sign, part of a refreshment establishment now closed, situated near Highway 30 junction after highway 334.
Looking east from bridge along highway 20 at Albany – Willamette river? Yes, it is that river – good guess. I found Hyak Park again, along highway 20 at 5000 NW. How do you spell relief? The last time I was through here on my 2011 roadtrip I stopped in for the same thing, only it was early in the morning, not late afternoon.
I got to Corvallis a little after 6 pm, the first thing I looked for was McDonalds restaurant to work on my blog. Wouldn’t you know it, the Internet here is the shits. I’ve been trying to work my website but with no luck – I think it might be something to do with my web host because I can access everything else. I’m trying to just get to the website with out being signed into word press, not doing. It is almost 9pm and the light is going. I had to give up on the website for today because of the lack of connection.
Good thing I did because it took almost an hour of riding to find this spot among trees. Damn, the Mosquitoes are huge here and they won’t leave me alone. I’m almost to Philomath township, which is the next town west after Corvallis. I took time to air out my bags today when there was a sunny moment. There’s the catch, as soon as I turned away from the mountain pass, the weather warmed and the sun came out. By the time I reached Corvallis the sun was in full blossom and the air is sweet and kind.
I’d best finish laying out the camp; I think it is another tarp night, although my tarp is wearing through in many places. I bought it for the move to Kelowna in 2009, and haunt used it much since them, however now it is acting like it is an old time piece of crap.
Problem is that now I’m retracing steps I travelled four years ago and I’m seeing things I shot before, in the same light mostly, so they are not fresh ideas. I’ll have to see as I head down the road if I can find different things; that is the challenge. I’m feeling a bit out of sorts because I’m on a bit of a slope, but at least there are no potholes snags or lumpy ground.