Riding bicycle

I love riding bicycle on SW Springwater Corridor trail.
It is right by the river, lots of trees and birds accompany you when you are riding your bicycle.
bike trail
The Springwater Corridor is the major southeast segment of the 40-Mile Loop.
My favorite part is where you start riding right behind the OMSI, till Sellwood.
After you pass by Oaks Amusement Park on the banks of the Willamette River in Sellwood, you reach the trail information map. There is a little park covered with tall trees on the left. I usually rest there. Under large trees, I drink my water, look at people who walk to river park.
You can have the trail map here: Springwater Corridor Map.pdf (PDF Document, 236.6 Kb)
The best scenic part of the trail is the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge area, the wetland. You can see often blue herons, wood ducks, lack-capped chickadees, and sometimes an eagle. Late afternoons you may see rabbits, deers, raccoons, a few cats walking around.

If you can not see this video in your country, you can watch it here: http://vimeo.com/48331281
I made this movie with my new camera JVC GC-XA1. The first time I used this camera with Gorilla tripod on my bicycle handle bar. The movie came out very shaky. It was not good. Also on the handlebar everything focus on the sitting position. Besides it was only showing the road. Since there are a lot of tall trees and shrubs around, I wanted the camera higher position. So I mounted the video camera on my helmet. Therefore where I was able to show where I look at it, rather than only the bike path.
I was happy with the result. JVC’s GC-XA1 is an action camera. It has nice wide angle lens and only weighs a mere 0.28 lbs. (126 grams). The image stabilizer works quite good and offers full HD 1920×1080/30p.
It is nice to watch wild flowers blooming during the season. Cottonwood trees create nice shade on the water side. Even though I like to see these trees, I learned to wear sunglasses during my ride to prevent my eyes from fluffy white seeds. I do not know how old these trees by the river, but they are quite large and tall. Did you know Cottonwoods can live more than 100 years old? I wonder how many bicyclist pass by these shimmering leaves over the years?

It is really lovely to see these trees by the Willamette river during autumn. The leaves of the cottonwood turn a bright yellow, making a vivid contrast with river and the sky. About 4 to 5 pm a lot of bicyclist on this trail. Commute hour can be quite crowded sometimes. Sunny Sunday mornings also can be crowded. However much easier to ride there between 2 – 3 pm. If you continue riding towards Johnson Creek area, you will see many type of berries. Himalayan blackberries, raspberries, blueberries. Summer time it is great to stop by and eat some blackberries.

More information about Springwater Corridor trail here: http://www.40mileloop.org

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