Oldest brick church in Oregon. Built in 1846. Resides in town
of Saint Paul.
This is one of the sights along the so called Willamette River Scenic
Bikeway. Yes, it's the first of a kind. Back roads designated
as a bikeway; like in the phrase "scenic byway," but it turned out to be
the "bikeway that wasn't." It may be better signed by now.
It's on the web, but doesn't seem to be well
organized yet, as of 2006.
Few signs. No one knows it's there; even people like park rangers.
Did the Oregon Transportation Department run out of funding?
Valley on my Flickr.
North end of the route was supposed to be in Champoeg
State Park, but that visitor's center had no map. A park aid frantically
looked through piles of notebooks thinking she had "seen something about
One of my web site readers, who lives near the river, got a printout from
that web page. He then met me on the road with printout in hand.
Wanted to meet me anyway.
There was one place where the "bikeway" started to take me toward this
ferry crossing on the Willamette (Buena Vista Ferry). That was the alternate
route as I got on the wrong route also.
Unfortunately, ferry stops running around 5 PM. Glad I saw the ferry
sign before turning down that road. It would have been a "dead end"
at the ferry dock as evening set in.
Instead, I had to push on toward Albany by going on the shoulder of I-5.
The shoulder is nice and wide. Legal also, but it wasn't any "country
roads" scenic bikeway.
Picture taken 2006
I happened upon the Scandinavian Folk Festival in Junction
City, Oregon. Right outside a library where I was checking my email.
Under that big water tower festival has an "americana look."