NWTR Albany day 2

Today after a great nights sleep, we went downstairs to have breakfast and get ready to do our first day of tandem riding with 400 of our closest friends.

Downstairs breakfast was an absolute zoo of tandem teams all grabbing breakfast at the same time! I felt sorry for the one overworked woman who was tasked with keeping breakfast items cooked and replaced and coffee pots full. They serve scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and biscuits as well as the normal grab and go and waffles.

We had decided to start the first day with the shorter 35 mile ride. It took us through beautiful flat to rolling farm land and through 2 old covered bridges. The day was just beautiful, we were on the bike by 8:00 and it was mid-50s with sunny skies.

This is the first of 2 covered bridges.

This is the second covered bridge.

After the ride we rode back the hotel and got cleaned up.

We found a well reviewed place in downtown Albany called Brick and Mortar and decided to try them for lunch. It was great both service and food and the place was packed!

I had a salmon melt and Chris had a crab cake burger.

Downtown Albany is being restored and is just beautiful. As you can see in the photo of the Flint Bldg above they are restoring all the old downtown. We spent about 2 hours wandering around town.

We also made another visit to the Historic Carousel and Museum to watch the carvers as they worked on the carousel animals. It takes the painters a year or more to paint a carousel animal and can take 8 or more years to carve one.

One of the painters at work on a Unicorn.

When we left the Carousel we walked down the river path to enjoy the Willamette River.

Northwest Tandem Rally – Redding to Albany

Today we got up at 6:00 got showered and had some breakfast. We were on the road before 8:00. It’s slightly less than 6 hours to Albany, OR from Redding, CA according to Waze and traffic turned out to be light.

We had an early lunch at a place called Heaven on Earth Restaurant and Bakery in Azalea, OR. Wonderful food and service, highly recommended. Plus they have amazing cinnamon rolls, I’ve been told. I can attest to the fact that they look delicious and they are huge.

We are now sitting in our room thinking about driving over to the Tandem Rally registration to get our packets.

After getting our packets we went over to The Historic Carousel and Museum in downtown Albany. It is well worth the visit. All of the carousel animals are hand carved by volunteers. They are absolutely incredible. We took a tour of the carving area as well as a ride on the carousel.

Northwest Tandem Rally 2018

We’re off! It took a bit to wrap our heads around what to bring but we are finally packed and out the door.

Love, love, love the packing cubes from EBags! All my cycling clothes for 4 days in one large one and all my regular clothes in another with underwear and socks in a medium. Perfect!

It took us about 7 hours to get to our hotel in Redding. We ran into a couple of accidents. Waze routed us around the first one but couldn’t route us around the second.

On the way to Redding we stopped for lunch at Carl’s Junior in Soledad. Won’t do that again! The people working were great but the bathrooms were filthy and the french fries tasted of rancid grease.

Made it to our hotel and after checking in went to C. R. Gibbs. Had a glass of wine for me and a beer for Chris along with Cajun Chicken Caesars for dinner. The food is always good and so is the service.