The weekend before that Timbers game we had rented a house in Lincoln City, what has become an annual tradition for us. I took the Triumph for this trip.
In Eugene we had clear sunny skies, and soon it was getting hot enough that I used an umbrella to do the pre-ride check, for loading the bike and setting up the bike in the shade. But as soon as I got to the coast it was a completely different story, I was met with cloudy skies and some fog. And it was colder too, much colder as well.
The different colors of the Pacific.
Green under gray skies.
Great weather to barbecue some Oysters.
Of all sea food, oysters have something special to them. Not that… something else. Almost as nice as that. It is that Oysters most accurately translate the smells of the Ocean into a taste, it translates the experience of being by the ocean into edible flavors. It summarizes it in a sea-shell.
Oysters were only the appetizer, though. Dinner was a feast!
Sunday morning we woke up to rain. Then it cleared some, still cloudy but no rain.
The sky got darker as I was leaving. We said good-bye and soon I was the riding in the rain.
I decided to cut across the coast range on the most direct route possible, which is in the general direction of Salem. Very uninteresting road, but I was seeking the dry weather of the Willamette valley as it was shown on the weather forecast. Smart-phones are our friends. Once there I took 99W towards the south and then found some side roads in the general direction of Eugene. On this gravel road I came across an irrigation structure.
As you can see, the weather forecast was correct. As soon as I reached the valley, it was dry and sunny. The Tiger is small compared to this irrigation rig.
I have to admit, I can have a lot more fun on a gravel road than on a paved road. I took the Tiger on more gravel roads on my way home, some had deep gravel, and the bike performed really well. Soon I was on familiar roads and some more miles later I was home.
The bike performed really well.
Actually, after almost 1,000 miles on the Ducati, when I climbed on the Tiger I felt the tank was really tall, the handle bars were tall, the dash-board was a mile away, I was seating in the bike, not on the bike… which is a normal adjustment of perspectives when switching from one bike to another. The Tiger is a very comfortable bike, extremely smooth. And it has averaged 50 mpg this weekend.
Thank you for reading.