It rains a lot in Western Oregon. Not in terms of accumulated precipitation — I think Dallas, Texas actually gets more annual rainfall than Portland — but in frequency of days where precipitation occurs. Fortunately, if you’re flexible, you still find windows of dry opportunities to ride even in the middle of December.

Sunday morning was overcast but dry, with the forecast of rain not coming until early afternoon. I took my V-Strom on a trip to Eagle Creek, Barton, through the Carver Curves, and across the swollen Clackamas River. It looked like swirling milk chocolate. Once I was on the southern bank, I headed southeast on Springwater Road where I joined up with Highway 211 and looped back home through Estacada. It’s a fun loop and provides a nice change of pace over my usual routes.


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