Cheating Death in Oregon

June 30th, 2007

Fresh off Veronica’s crash while riding her mountain bike, we had 5 days lined up for some spectacular difficult single track riding in Oregon. The North Umpqua River trail is a wonderful trail that we’ve ridden parts of in the last couple of years. We planned to stay at Steamboat Inn for a couple of nights and then shift to camping. We fixed the problem on Veronica’s bike that contributed to her crash and figured we would start with an easier section of the trail. None of the trails are completely easy. Any given trail segment varies from easy, smooth, narrow and safe, to steep, rocky, narrow and dangerous. There are sections where the trail is less than 18 inches wide, with a steep – often vertical – drop to one side. The plan was to ride the easy parts and walk the tricky parts for at least the first day. What was that line John Lennon has about plans? (more…)

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North Umpqua Trail, Oregon

August 30th, 2006

  • This is the trail directly across the river from where we stayed. 200 feet as the crow flies, but at least 5 miles by single track.
We returned to Oregon to ride some great single track along the Umpqua River. This is an area mostly known for its fishing, and is a couple of hours from cities like Eugene and Medford, so there are not many riders out there. We saw no other riders on the trail, and only a few hikers at the trail head. Most of the days were spent in the wilderness by ourselves.

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