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.
Everywhere you look, there’s evidence of our prolonged lack of rainfall. The crops look a little on the scrawny side, and that field of what I think is oats was an example.
Not sure whether the hazelnut harvest is going to be affected. The trees look healthy enough, but I don’t know whether the drought will lessen the size or number of filberts come fall.
Stellmacher Road takes off from Riverside Drive (the HH Linn County Scenic Bikeway, in case you didn’t know). It’s a dead-end lane, so all you can do unless you live there is to ride to the end and back.
Riding the bike on dry roads in warm sunshine is great, but the scenery reminds you that what we really need is rain. (hh)