Oregon motorcycle Back Roads – Eugene to Medford is the first of a series of ride reports for those seeking, “The road less traveled.” In motorcycling I have found my niche, ultimately an escape from work, phones, life….I’m not exactly sure what I’m escaping, but out on the road is my happy place. I love my job and my life, but there is something so different riding, it’s comparable to a drug. I ride when the weather allows, even with heated gear. I ride after work and have some, “loops” that most riders in my area hit now and then. On weekends, up to 3 & 4 day trips allow us to go as far as some of Washington and all of Oregon.
On this two day ride, I set out to make my way down the Willamette Valley from Eugene to Medford with as little use of I-5 as possible. Starting at home in Bend, I took a familiar route across the Cascade mountains, Hwy 20 (Sanitam Pass) and Hwy 126, known as the, “Clear Lake Cutoff” and I’m not going to talk about that well worn stretch.