6 posts tagged Banks to Vernonia
What’s up with the sun? Like moles, we’re squinting and shielding our eyes from the brightness. But, hey! After finally finding my neglected sunglasses it provided an unexpected opportunity to get on our bikes and head for the hills.
The small price to pay for this rare change in the weather is the cold that comes along with it. The thick blanket of clouds that keep it rainy in Portland nine months out of the year also keep the super-frigid temperatures from reaching the valley floor.
After our last ride where we both froze our butts off I dressed in more layers when we went again, a few days ago. It almost worked. The seven miles uphill kept me warm but my fingers and toes hurt from the cold coming down. Even though it was great to get out and see countryside I’ve decided I’m more of a warm-weather biker.
The top snapshot is one I took from the moving car as we were heading west on Highway 26. It’s kind of a crappy picture but it’s a typical view. You can see snow on the Coastal Mountain range as we got near Manning. The second picture is the trestle at Buxton Park.
Banks to Vernonia rails to trails – our go-to bike ride when we don’t want to venture too far from home.
Wild flower in rural Oregon
I took this picture a couple of weeks ago when we were biking the Banks to Vernonia trail.
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And by the way, we have done the beautiful Banks to Vernonia trail many times. You live in a gorgeous part of the state and we’re lucky enough to only be 30 minutes away!
Caterpillar photographed on the Banks to Vernonia trail, located in the Northwest corner of Oregon’s coastal mountain range.
Credit goes to Emily for inspiring the name of this post. :)
Rails to trails
Located in the rural NW corner of Oregon’s coastal mountain range, the Banks to Vernonia trail is 21 miles, end to end. Yesterday morning was partly cloudy and rain was predicted. We left our house at 9am, and when we started bicycling 30 minutes later we found the path virtually to ourselves.
The weather went back and forth from sunshine to sprinkles, which made the forest sparkle with leftover raindrops whenever the sun came out. We went from Banks to Buxton Park and back, which is about a 14 mile ride. It was a beautiful way to start a Sunday.