The Valley, big, flat, and fertile, fills much of northwest Oregon. It is full of dairy, grain, and vegetable farms, many of which date back to the last century. Small clusters of oak forest and bits of wild prairie hint of the natural beauty that must have existed centuries ago.
The valley is a fine place to bicycle, with its mild climate, plenty of lightly traveled side roads, and lots of interesting destinations to visit. It presents a variety of faces: On a cool spring or autumn day, it is covered with gray mist, summer days can be shimmering hot, evenings sunsets display oranges and reds across fields and through the silhouettes of trees. The cloudy weather and drizzly rain of winter bring calm. Here are two loops of 35 and 58 miles through the Northern Willamette Valley.
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