Molalla River Ride — a.k.a the Camel Toe Ride
Another awesome training ride — in fact, Michele thinks it is one of her favorites of the year. Again, mostly rural with a few exceptions. While it seems pretty flat, there is actually some altitude gain. In the Rubber to the Road book, this ride starts by the Canby Ferry (on the Canby side).
We started from Wilsonville. This adds a few miles and some fun rollers (the fun rollers are a lot more fun on the way out than on the way back). Note the second downhill on the way out, the top bit is extremely steep and you’ll want to come at it with some momentum on the way back. The ride up from the ferry on the Canby side is steep but short.
The ride up on the other side is pretty steep (seems like a sustained 13% grade all the way up). It is probably less than a quarter mile, but it seems longer. The whole thing is very scenic and very nice.
BTW, this is a politically balanced ride. At one point, a sharp left turn drops you onto Liberal Way. You get off Libral Way with a sharp right turn. On the way home, you spend some time on Wright Rd., but shortly thereafter another left turn puts you on Union Mills. You also pass a gun club.
The locals seemed a lot more tolerant of bikes — much more civilized than the folks on other rides just a few miles to the west of this one.