The Ducati and the Wooden Boat show in Toledo, Oregon

The list of lame excuses to ride the Yellow Hooligan Machine goes on. Whether it is a cup of coffee 100 miles away in Sisters, an Oyster farm in Winchester Bay, or a bowl of Manila Clam Chowder in Yachats, anything goes. But a Wooden Boat show in Toledo? It will have to do as an excuse even if I have never had a wooden boat and will never have one.  But that Ducati was calling me for a ride and it was already pointed towards the road, so I better take care of it.

The Ducati calls me for a ride. August 19th, 2012

I once had a boat, until a couple if years ago as a matter of fact. But it was a fiberglass boat (you can read that story here: “I’d rather be sailing?”).  And I have two friends who are into wooden boats. And they both build and work on wooden boats as a hobby. After all it was not too lame of an excuse this time. I was actually looking forward to seeing the boats, what I could possibly find in Toledo. But the Ducati was the center piece of the day.

Checked tire pressure, oil, chain… August 19, 2012

As I take the roads on my usual way out of town, I could see the farmers had been busy working on the hay since the last time I was here.

Hay on Prairie Rd, near Hwy. 99. August 19th, 2012

In fact, the whole valley smells of dry grass. Anyway, it is the smell of the end of Summer around these parts when we are more than half way of the dry season in the valley.

Hay on Prairie Rd. August 19th, 2012

And just as I was taking these pictures I heard the migrating ducks above, I look up and there they were, on a clear formation, flying south already. That is another sign of change.

Flying South. August 19th, 2012

Farther down the road, after I connect to Territorial, here we have corn getting ready as well.

Corn and irrigation. August 19th, 2012

It is already taller than me.

Taller than the me and the bike. August 19, 2012

That’s one thing I like about the Willamette valley, it has a lot of agricultural activity, which reminds me that once I was an Agricultural Economist.  I stopped for gas in Philomath and came across yet another gas station with a non-ethanol pump.

Non-ethanol fuel in Philomath. August 19th, 2912

It is interesting that I found this non-ethanol gas station just after going by corn fields. I will prepare a post about corn, ethanol, and the controversy building up as the nation’s drought impacts corn production.  I will post it when the rain and cold will reduce my riding time so I can use my free time to research.  For now, let’s go back to the wooden boats and the Ducati. It was with those thoughts in mind that I realized the machine was just turning 2,000 miles old. So I stopped for the documentation. This machine has become very smooth now.

Ducati turns 2,000 miles. August 19th, 2012

Soon I was in Toledo, Oregon, which is just east of Newport, by Hwy 20.

Toledo, Oregon. August 19th, 2012

As I was taking this picture of the river some locals were coming back from the boat show and said: “now you come back to Toledo, ok?” This was actually my second time to Toledo, OR. I said I would be back. And I will be back either for next year’s wooden boat show or as a stop on my coast loop.

A view of the Yaquina River and the boat show. Toledo, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

There weren’t many boats on this show. But there was a good variety. Here are a few shots of boats on the show.

Wooden Boat Show – Toledo, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

Wooden Boat Show – Toledo, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

Wooden Boat Show – Toledo, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

Wooden Boat Show – Toledo, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

Wooden Boat Show – Toledo, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

Wooden Boat Show – Toledo, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

Wooden Boat Show – Toledo, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

Wooden Boat Show – Toledo, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

Wooden Boat Show – Toledo, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

Kids had a chance to build their own boats.

Workshop for kids. Toledo Wooden Boat show, August 19th, 2012

And the adults were playing as well.

Wooden Boat Show – Toledo, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

But this was my favorite boat on the show. A 1947 Dunphy.

1947 Dunphy at the Toledo Wooden Boat Show, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

Too bad the camera’s flat dimensions do not capture the classic curves this boat has.

1947 Dunphy at the Toledo Wooden Boat Show, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

Beautiful from all angles.

1947 Dunphy at the Toledo Wooden Boat Show, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

1947 Dunphy at the Toledo Wooden Boat Show, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

1947 Dunphy at the Toledo Wooden Boat Show, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

And finally this one.

1947 Dunphy at the Toledo Wooden Boat Show, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

It is not a Riva, but if I were really into boats, I would not mind having something like this. The lines and curves of this boat, which are not captured too well on these photos, are from a time where they were probably the most beautiful in this type of boat building history. Seeing this boat made this stop relevant. Time for me to get going.

Time to get back to the Ducati. August 19th, 2012

I made my way to Newport and traveled south on Hwy 101. I had started this day ride late and had a nice dinner waiting for me at home, so I only stopped at the Heceta Lighthouse.

The Ducati and the Heceta Lighthouse. Hwy 101, Oregon Coast, August 19th, 2012

All along the coast, this time the winds were practically non existent. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Pacific so pacific. No winds, no waves. It looked more like a lake.

The Heceta Lighthouse and the pacific Pacific Ocean, Oregon, August 19th, 2012

The Ducati wanted another photo. And I indulge.

The Ducati and the Heceta Lighthouse on the background. August 19th, 2012

The beautiful Ducati and the beautiful coast.

The Ducati on the Oregon Coast. August 19th, 2012

I went south towards Florence, made my usual left turn towards Mapleton, passed by the non-ethanol gas station in Mapleton (and it was open today, as opposed to last Sunday) because I now know about the Low Pass Station and Market and that they also have non-ethanol gas.

Non-ethanol gas in Cheshire, Oregon. August 19th, 2012

And I was home.

Back home, another nice Pacific Coast loop completed. August 19th, 2012

Total miles for today’s loop was 224 (360km). Next post is going to be a report of the Cycle Parts (Triumph shop in Eugene) organized ride to the Steamboat Inn.

Thank you for reading.

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6 Responses to The Ducati and the Wooden Boat show in Toledo, Oregon

  1. bobskoot says:

    Cesar:

    I’m starting to recognize that gas station. You were just there on your dual sport. I wanted to stop at that Heceta Lighthouse pullout but I was heading North and there was too much traffic coming, and also lots of trailers taking up the space.

    I must have gone through Toledo but can’t remember as I have ridden Hwy 20 from Corvallis to Newport. I am not sure yet, but it is possible I may be at the Ona on Sunday Sep 23rd for lunch. Maybe see you there.

    we have a wooden boat festival up here too
    http://www.vancouverwoodenboat.com/boatshow.html

    but it was last weekend. The problem is not enough parking and too many crowds for me. It’s nice to see the craftsmanship of the woodwork

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

    • cesardagord says:

      Hey Bob,

      Yes, the Low Pass gas station is the same one where we stopped on my previous Sunday’s report when I was riding the Yamaha. If the weather is good I will make sure I stop by for lunch at the Ona Restaurant on September 23rd.

      Cesar

  2. Trobairitz says:

    Beautiful boats, but I still think I prefer the beautiful Ducati.

    I thought the picture of it in front of the corn was my favorite pic of the post, that is until I saw it against the ocean in the sun. Such a nice machine you have.

  3. SonjaM says:

    Oh, there were boats in your post? I was too distracted ogling your yellow beauty. Let me go back and find them 😉
    Brilliant pics as usual, Cesar. I have to admit I like your Duc outings the most.

    • cesardagord says:

      That bike is something else Sonja. And I miss riding it already. Last week I rode the Triumph, which I have to admit, it was a lot of fun. But that Yellow thing calls for my attention. Thanks for reading and for the compliment on the pics. But it was not me, it was the Ducati’s doing.

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