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Zoom, zoom. Sometimes, Team Best of ... feels the need for some wind-in-our hair, devil-may-care speed. And under our own power, too, without spewing black carbon clouds from some shiny chrome tailpipe tail·pipe
The pipe through which exhaust gases from an engine are discharged. Also called exhaust pipe.
a pipe from which exhaust gases are discharged, esp. .
Sometimes, we need to go Rollerblading.
There are three things we ask of our 'blading surface:
1. At least two miles of pavement, allowing a four-mile, round-trip workout.
2. Smoothness. Roughness equals friction, which slows us down.
3. No cars.
Luckily for us, there are probably 50 miles of such surface in the greater Eugene-Springfield area. And our team has scouted every inch of it, clear out to Dorena Lake on the Row River Trail.
That path proved gorgeous, but isolated. Yes, we once patronized pa·tron·ize
tr.v. pa·tron·ized, pa·tron·iz·ing, pa·tron·iz·es
1. To act as a patron to; support or sponsor.
2. To go to as a customer, especially on a regular basis.
3. a lemonade stand
We also liked Springfield's path along 42nd Street between Marcola Road and Main Street. It was great until we reached the Weyerhaeuser driveway, where we had to clatter clat·ter
v. clat·tered, clat·ter·ing, clat·ters
1. To make a rattling sound.
2. To move with a rattling sound: clattering along on roller skates. across a kidney-rattling patch of asphalt while dodging gigantic trucks.
For aesthetics - particularly in hot summer months - you can't beat the tree-lined East Bank stretch of the Willamette River Bike Path between Valley River Center Valley River Center is a shopping mall located in Eugene, Oregon. As the largest shopping center south of Portland and north of San Francisco, this mall comprises over 130 local and national stores and restaurants. and the Belt Line Road bridge. But it's just plain too popular, particularly with dog walkers. Particularly with clueless clue·less
Lacking understanding or knowledge.
Slang helpless or stupid
Adj. 1. , off-leash dog walkers.
(Yes, Team Best of ... can leap small, yappy dogs in a single bound. A safe, eight-point landing (four wheels per foot) is another matter.)
Which brings us to our Fave fave Informal
One that is preferred above others or likely to win; a favorite.
[Short for favorite.] Pave: The Fern Ridge Bike Path north of West 11th Avenue between Bertelsen and Green Hill roads.
The uncrowded concrete has it all. We like the chance to fly down a highway underpass every mile or so. We like the fact that the sidewalk is elevated above the prairie so we can actually see the herons, osprey osprey (ŏs`prē), common name for a bird of prey related to the hawk and the New World vulture and found near water in most parts of the world. and occasional eagle we're passing.
We even love what we expected to hate: the fact that part of this path is lined by business backsides. Some aren't pretty, but there are certain advantages to being able to skate in for a Euphoria chocolate bar.
And thanks to Elmira Automotive, we can even skate into a portable toilet the business maintains beside the path. God bless 'em, because sometimes even we have a more pressing need than speed.
BEST ROLLERBLADING SIDEWALK
Fern Ridge Bike Path
Where: North of West 11th Avenue between Bertleson and Green Hill roads
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