Sunday, June 27, 2010

Riding The Back Roads

When I go out into the countryside 
and see the sun and the green and everything flowering,
 I say to myself Yes indeed, all that belongs to me!  
~Henri Rousseau

Some of the best riding in the Willamette Valley can be found on the small two-lane farm roads that criss-cross the area. They’re fun because they tend to not have too many vehicles, and the scenery is real purty. These roads are also fun because they’re usually long, flat, and straight. So you can find your optimum gear and get cooking on the pedals. You get a nice rhythm going, then start inching the gears upward until you’re at your limit, just at the edge of what you can sustain.  And if you do break out of your cadence long enough to just stop...and take it all in...could anybody blame you?

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