This weekend I did a “shakedown” cruise of my “hybridized” bicycle – a 20 mile round trip between Keiser and Willamette Mission State Park, which is just south of the Wheatland Ferry. Pretty much in the middle of the Willamette Valley – just North of Salem.
Willamette Mission State Park has several miles of bike trails, and also has horse and walking trails. I stopped to snap a picture of the U.S.’s “largest” Black Cottonwood.
I had skipped breakfast and lunch – but was able to gorge on ripe blackberries!
This is the 5th ferry boat since Daniel Matheny started the ferry in the mid 19th century. They’ve all been named after him! The current ferry is diesel-electric, but is still tethered to the powerline – which provides “bracing” against the current of the Willamette.