Just had thet, pleasure today of taking a nice 51 mile ride in my back yard, the Willamette River Valley. the weather was perfect (72) and after ALL the rain we had in the last 60 days, there was not a thing that was NOT green.
There are hundreds of farms of small to medium size, and a small town or hamlet every 10 miles. there are even 20-30 wineries within 50 miles. the area is full of Flats, rollers, and big climbs if thats what you want, all from the same starting place.
the sights and smells of todays ride reminded me of the European Tours and their open rural roads between towns. Green Grasses, fields of flowers, cows and horses.
What a great day and a great place to be able to ride a bike. the cold wet dark winter was almost worth it.