My plan for this Sunday was to simply go towards the coast again with the Ducati. After checking the weather forecast I learned about the probability of rain on the coast so I changed plans. A couple of people had mentioned the Aufderheide road, so it became an opportunity to ride it. Saturday I washed the bikes, the Ducati is clean.
The Aufderheide connects Hey 126 to Hwy 58, along the west side of the Cascades. It traverses the McKenzie watershed on the north and the Willamette watershed on the south. I fueled the bike and took the most direct route towards the beginning of the Aufderheide Dr., on its north side, off of Hwy 126, on Blue River’s area.
This road is on the series of Oregon roads officially considered Scenic Byways.
What will this day and this road bring to man and machine?
And soon we crossed the McKenzie. Good spot for fly fishing.
Quickly from the McKenzie the road is climbing towards the Cougar Reservoir. I stopped to document some nice features along the road, only to discover I was already by the reservoir. I went past this curve carved on rocks and decided to turn around and document it. The bike is facing back towards Hwy 126 on this photo.
And looking from another angle, behind the bike is where I was going.
I noticed I was on a canyon of sorts, so I climbed up some rocks to check it out and found the dam.
Looking toward the north, where this fork of the river will connect with the McKenzie.
And looking back toward the road, there is the Yellow Hooligan Machine.
And one more, just for good measure.
I crossed the dam to better see this McKenzie fork river.This is the direction the river goes to meet the McKenzie.
And here is a photo of the Cougar reservoir dam. A massive structure.
And the reservoir, with end of the summer water levels. Perhaps, and this is a guess from my part, a lower level than usual, due to last winter’s below average snow precipitation.
I continue my ride, stopped a couple of times for more photos.
Found this waterfall.
From here on, continuing to the south the road meanders into more forested areas.
And at some point I crossed watersheds: from the South Fork of the McKenzie to the North Fork of the Willamette.
Another photo of the North Fork of the Willamette. After all, I had to hike down a few rock steps to get to take this picture. Might as well document it.
This water will eventually go to the Willamette, by my house in Eugene.
Continuing towards the south, very close to Highway 58 I found this covered bridge.
More photos of this covered bridge.
I think this town is called Westfir, Oregon. Just west of Oakridge.
One final photo of the covered bridge.
And from there I went home via the Jasper-Lowell Highway.
In total, this ride was 156 miles long (251km). As I write this today, the Monday after the ride, I looked outside and noticed it is raining. Although it is the sign of things to come, the end of the Summer nears, today’s rain is only a sprinkle and should clear quickly. Hopefully we will still have many good riding days ahead of us before the rainy season starts in full. It has been a great summer for riding so far, I practically rode on every Sunday and I’m looking forward to more.
Thanks for reading.