A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Wind and sea, and research information too

Written July 24th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

On a short bike ride along the coast north of Yachats, I ducked into Smelt Sands State Park. There, a volunteer with the Cape Perpetua Collaborative was patiently waiting in a stiff cold  breeze, ready to tell visitors about the reach of the Pacific Ocean behind her back.

Out in the country on a sunny afternoon

Written July 17th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Just minutes from town in all directions, there’s Willamette Valley agriculture. Take, for example, Stellmacher Road south of Albany, down which the bike and I made a little detour on Saturday.

Posted in: Bicycling, Commentary

Three letters on the asphalt: Puzzling it out

Written July 6th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Last year the city had five blocks of Ninth Avenue in west Albany repaved, and the new asphalt was marked with “sharrows” wherever someone had sprayed the letters “SLM.” What could that stand for, I wondered now and then as the bike took me across these marks.

Taking a walk on the Ellsworth Street Bridge

Written June 30th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Take a walk some time on the Ellsworth Street Bridge across the Willamette River in Albany and you’ll notice a thing or two. Or maybe not, so let me point them out.

Behold ‘new’ streets in this old neighborhood

Written June 30th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

When you’re on a bike, the quality of the road surface below your tires is something you notice. And on the evening of June 28, the hottest day in recorded history in the Willamette Valley, the newly surfaced streets in Albany’s Willamette Neighborhood caught my attention.

Biking in this heat? Not bleeding likely…

Written June 28th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Getting a bike ride in during the Northwest’s record heat wave has been just about impossible. I managed it just one day, Saturday morning down in Jacksonville.

Where courtesy and common sense combine

Written June 14th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

For years, there’s been a bike lane on First Avenue in downtown Albany. But the lane disappears at Lyon Street, leaving motorists and the occasional cyclist to work out a traffic pattern on the spot.

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