Day 6 - Blue River (Oregon)

Mckenize river trail single track mountain bike ride (McKenzie River, Oregon)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mckenzie River Cottages We got up fairly early and saw that the weather looked as it it would be perfect for the ride we were doing today the Mckenzie river trail. I had arranged to meet up with a contact from the mtbr forum Rockin, so we could do the Mckenzie river trail right from the top to the bottom as a Shuttle ride (As we didn't want to toast our legs with all the other rides we had planned for the Holiday) Mckenzie River Cottages
Mckenzie River Cottages As we sat of the verandah eating our breakfast a herd of deer splashed its wayalong the other side of river, before disappearing off into the tress. I fitted a gravity dropper seat post which i'd bought from Universal Cycles to Clare's bike, and we got our stuff together ready for the ride. Mckenzie River Cottages
Rockin arrived on time at 8.30am and we loaded the bikes up onto his car and we headed off up the 126 to the start of the trail at Clear Lake. I knew that the ride would be a quick one as Rockin had a singlespeed bike, and said he was a shop sponsored racer. McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon Ours was the only car in the lot when we arrived, we unloaded our bikes and started off down the trail. The trail was in good condition and was smooth and not too dusty. McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
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As we cycled along we caught glimpse's of clear lake which looked fantastic with a thin layer of mist on its surface. I stopped to take photos as Clare crossed the first bridge, but then as I crossed the bridge to join them I managed to crash just as I came off the end of the bridge, and just stopped my self from tumbling into the water by grabbing onto the bridge. I picked up a few scraps and lost a chunk of skin out of my rear. But luckily had not hurt anything major enough to halt the ride. McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon We reached the first bridge of many, The trail so far was fairly easy to ride, although not all down as it traversed up and down gully's leading down to the river. McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
I discovered the video feature of my camera and took this video as Clare and Rockin rode past, the video is quite big at 41MB

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McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon At this point in the ride the trail started to get a bit rougher, with plenty of lava rock in and around the trail. McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon Rockin only had one gear on his bike, although it was a full suspension bike, which meant he had to plow on at his only speed, which meant we had to stop and wait for Clare a fair bit, apart from when we headed up the hills. McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon We arrived at the Blue pool, and it was indeed very blue. McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon Rockin had to get home to do something with his kids, so we didn't actually get many breaks or staged photo opportunities, hence this is one of the few pictures with me in it. McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
The trail got a bit bumpier at this point in the ride, and even Rockin managed to take a small spill in one tricky section. In one spot Clare went to use her gravity dropper seat post and the post and her saddle shot out of her frame onto the trail. Luckily we weren't riding next to the river at that point so we were able to recover the saddle, and we were able to reinsert it at its maximum height.

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To be honest there wasn't really much in the way of challenging riding on the trail, the section through the Lava was the most fun, here are two video I took as we rode down a bumpy section.

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McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon There was only one long climb, but the gradient was not too steep, But it was very hot and humid by the this point in the ride, so the climb was quite sticky. McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon

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McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon It was around this point the ride that I managed to ride into a branch hanging over the trail, which made a nasty scratch on my new Oakley Radars - But at least it wasn't my eyeball with the scratch. McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon

McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon

Route profile up till puncture

At around the 9 mile mark Clare got a puncture, and our gps got stuck at the bottom of her pack, so it stopped recording the route McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
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McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon As we got towards the end of the trail it got hotter and even more humid, and the trail did start to feel fairly monotonous , as there was nothing challenging trail wise, and the only views you got were trees and occasionally the river.
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McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon We'd asked Rockin to point out poison oak if he saw any, and at this point in the ride he stopped and showed us some, so far we've been lucky and never been affected by the stuff. McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon
McKenzie River Trail Singletrack Mountain Bike ride, Oregon We finally reached the end of the River trail after covering 27 miles, we then road 5 miles back down the road to our cottage Click to Enlarge
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We got back to the cottage at 3.30pm and had a cold drink, then I drove Rockin back up to his car, we stopped on the way at a general store and bought more cold drinks. There were quite a few vehicles in the car park when I dropped Rockin off.

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Mckenzie River Cottages, When I got back I fired off an email to Universal Cycles explaining what had happened to the post and asked for a refund. Click to Enlarge
After we had got cleaned up we walked across the road to the Holiday Farm Restaurant where we had a very good meal.  Clare had wild salmon and I had a full rack of baby back ribs. We then went back to the cottage and fell asleep to the sound of the river. Mckenzie River Cottages,

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