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BMX track in Ashland

Yours truly showing the kids a thing or two (not really) at the BMX track near the dog park in Ashland.

BMX track at end of Bear Creek Greenway in Ashland

I went for a little bike ride yesterday on the Bear Creek Greenway. Someone is in the process of building a BMX track at the Ashland end of the bike path near the Ashland Dog Park.

A couple of boys were admiring my new (to me, it’s actually used) lefty fork Cannondale so I started chatting with them. I took a few pictures of the boys on the BMX track and sent the pics to them via email after they texted me their email addresses. They were quite happy with the photos.

Ashland School Closures (or not)

We have more snow today than yesterday on the roads, and it is several degrees colder. But yesterday school was cancelled and today the Ashland School District will be in session. My kids are disappointed.

White Rabbit

ashland oregon mad hatter queen of hearts

My first time down White Rabbit was New Year’s Day in 2001. The weather was warm, and I was a rather unexperienced mountain biker at the time. This trail is not for the beginner. There are some serious drops in a few places that aren’t even easy when you walk the trail. The names of the side trails are all Alice in Wonderland themed. For a map and directions see my prior post.

A seat with a view

white rabbit trail ashland oregon

I took today’s photo last week on White Rabbit Trail, less than half a mile from Park Street.

City of Ashland – Creek to Crest Trail Route (map)

siskiyou mountain range

There are many paths to pick from when you get outside of Ashland’s main streets. I like to try a different one each time. It can get a little crazy if you are pressed for time or don’t want to get lost so take this along if that is your situation. Click on the image for a much larger and detailed version (which you can print) of this free map of places to hike, bike, and run in the mountains around Ashland. Keep heading south (from Four Corners) if you want to go to the top of Mt. Ashland.

Rim Drive

biking crater lake national park rim road

Rim Drive around Crater Lake offers many majestic views. Although the road is paved, it isn’t an easy ride. There can be lots of cars (avoid weekends and holidays), and there isn’t a flat section to be found. As a rider you’ll do lots of climbing.

Today’s photo of Ryan is of one of those brief downhill moments.

Crater Lake from the east shore

southern oregon red cone

The skies were gray all day long, but they cleared a bit near the end of the day when I took this photo of Crater Lake from near Sentinel Rock. Unfortunately, my memory of this location is not a good one as our bikes had just been stolen. How can bikes you are riding get stolen you ask?

As mentioned before the day had its low points. The ride was about twice as long as anticipated and after 20 miles my legs began to cramp. A few miles later we hitched a ride and hid our bikes off the road with the intention of getting a ride to our car, driving our car back, and picking up the bikes. All went as planned until we got back and found the bikes missing. A dishonest someone must have seen us hiding the bikes. 🙁

The only silver lining is that my bike was in need of an overhaul anyway, and Ryan is getting too tall for his.

Crater Lake week

bike rim

Ryan and I went for a bike ride around Crater Lake this past Saturday. It was a day filled with many highs and many lows. I’ll share some of those, and some photos, over the coming week.

The first “low” was that the road is much longer than I anticipated. A friend told me it takes 2.5 hours on a bike, but we did not find that to be the case. Crater Lake is about 5 miles across. Using the old equation of πr2 (pie r squared) yields a circumference much smaller than the road that goes around the crater, which we found out after the fact is 36 miles in length. You are not actually on the rim of the crater for very long or in many places on the “Rim Road.” Usually you are on the outside of the rim, with just occasional glimpses of the beauty of the lake.

Fourth of July biker girl

ashland bike girl

This lady is seemingly always on her bike. I see her around town nearly daily, all year long. She doesn’t wait for a holiday to decorate her bike either. A day like the 4th of July is her day to shine in the parade, doing what she does best.

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