Oregon Hideaway: North Fork Revisited
The North Fork of the Siuslaw (cy-ooh-slaw) River, which drains into the Siuslaw River at Florence, Oregon, is a magnificent trike ride on a fair weather northwest day. A trike pilot can ride the entire day, up and back, 40 or 50 miles, or make a very long loop over the steep mountain top to emerge along the Pacific Ocean. Traffic is generally limited to local rural residents, and is always very light and mostly non-existent. This remote roadway in the woods can be ridden leisurely or for quick sport, whichever mood suits the triker.
Bob Devlin, my triking buddy from northern California, visited Florence a couple of years ago, and we dined together at the ICM seafood restaurant in Old Town. This visit, Bob wished to experience some fabulous Pacific Northwest riding, so he stayed an extra day so we could pedal the North Fork with my local cycling partner Matt Jensen. Bob rides a seasoned Greenspeed trike from Australia, and Matt rides a Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bicycle, a favorite of Pacific Coast tourists. Yours truly rides a Catrike 700, but I used to travel the North Fork on an ICE Qnt trike.
Click HERE to read the post about Bob Devlin from June 30, 2012. Bob owns an 18,000 sq. ft. fitness center in northern California (New York Fitness), but he wishes to retire from the business, so here is an opportunity for anyone wishing to get into this line of work. Bob was in Oregon this summer for a school reunion and to resupply a relative hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (and, of course, to pedal alongside a Catrike 700 :-)
Without further chatter on my part, below are some photos of this 2014 North Fork ride, followed by an eight minute movie documenting the beauty of this peaceful valley and mountain region, territory many would call nirvana (I know I do).
These two pedal pushers are capping off one wonderful day in the wilds at the Siuslaw Coffee Roasters, one of Matt’s most favorite of all time hangouts!
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North Fork 2014 … the Movie: