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Old 07-20-10, 04:52 PM   #1
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Ride Report

Rode my favorite route again today. But this time I stopped to take photos of this interesting place I'd never stopped before. The road goes over one of our creeks.

This is to the left of the road:


This is to the right:


I'd stopped to take pictures just because I like running water, but as I stood there a deer came out and forded the creek! It stood in the water, then climbed out when it saw me. But it didn't leave. A lady walker came up wearing headphones, and I pointed it out to her. She stood and watched it even longer than I did, and she used her iPod to take a picture of it






From what I can find, this weird vine is called Marah. It's a wild cucumber.



I may have stepped on one to find out what's inside.


Another photo of one of my favorite spots.


Today a car drove way over to the left to give me room, and I waved while they were coming up, so they could see me. They waved when they'd gotten past me, which made me smile.

I'd been checking for cars and crossing to the left side of the road (the watery side) to look at things I never noticed before. One time I did this and after a second of peeking out into the woods, I looked up and saw a totally silent Bronco or similar truck, with one guy sitting in the front and one in the truck bed, engine off, rolling down the hill. Pretty classic! I got back over to the other side pretty quick.

On the way home, I saw a car stopped in a weird place, and that made me suspicious, so I was checking them out. As I pulled up at maybe 20mph, I saw a huge deer on my side of the road, and slammed on my brakes. The deer ran off and the car started going again. The lady was smiling and I said sorry for scaring off her deer It was a good day for ladies watching deer. I should have taken photos of the "BABY DEER X-ING" sign. Or the skunk sign that says "NO SPRAY!"
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Old 07-20-10, 05:12 PM   #2
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Nice shots, unfortunately for me I'm by the concrete jungle:
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Wow. haha. I would not do well there. I have ridden in downtown Portland but I've never encountered anything like that! Seems like it would be worse to drive there though...
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I love to see wildlife on my rides also. I have some routes that include some exotics, elk, buffalo, various other deer and antelope, and zebras. Sometimes, I will go where I know there are alot of whitetails that hang out. When the eagles are nesting I will ride where Ive seen them flying around hoping to get a chance to watch them. Its nice to get to see wildlife on the ride.
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