The road is straight and flat, the pavement smooth. Your thoughts drift with the fragrant wafts from a mint field as you ride by. You pass cherry trees, hazelnut trees and lattices of hops reaching toward the sky. Pleasant distractions.
Cycling across the three-county region of Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties is a unique experience. Casual riders find comfortable low-traffic roads, intermediate cyclists can find routes with a few challenges and serious roadies can climb heights. And, no matter the route, there’s much to enjoy from the bicycle saddle.
Here are three routes that showcase Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. Remember to wear a helmet, ride single file, use hand signals and cycle defensively at all times.