We try and plan our personal travel to Portland so that I can participate in local events. This trip the schedule worked out so that the Molalla Foothills 200 km brevet would be a ride that I could attend. The Oregon Randonneurs don’t do this ride every year but it is a route that I had not ridden before and the weather looked great so I was all in!

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We started our ride in Canby, just south of Portland in the gentle terrain of the Willamette Valley. The early morning sun backlighting Mt. Hood made for a picturesque start.

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These quiet back roads were great, very little traffic and lots of rural scenery.

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Climbing higher into the foothills we got into the forested country above the Molalla River.

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Control 3# was a welcome stop at Silver Falls State Park. The staff was all too happy to serve.

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My strong riding companion for much of the day, Millison. You could tell whenever he was near with his powerful voice and booming laugh.

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The shadows were getting long by the end of the day but I was almost home. This was a tougher ride than I expected with approximately 6600 feet of climbing in the 200 kilometer distance. There were really only two significant climbs in the course but the rolling terrain went on and on and on….  But, even with the shorter days we were able to finish in the daylight! Thanks Oregon Randonneurs and the volunteers for another great event!

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