Mr. Surly goes to Oregon

If you read in an earlier blog post about my budget brevet bike project, well, this is the first real event for that bike along with a brief phot0 essay about the ride. I like doing rides in Oregon; almost anywhere I go there is new country to see and new people to ride with. It doesn’t hurt to have a little good weather either.

A Gloomy Start

About 3 dozen riders gathered at what looked to be a pretty gloomy start of the day. The forecast had the chance of rain increasing to 50% and in Oregon that means you are going to get wet. Local riders are not phased with the threat of rain though and had come well prepared. Real rain gear, booties, fenders and mud flaps are the norm. An hour later the rain began. (more…)