After two days of rain, I wonder what I will encounter tomorrow on my morning commute. This past week I have ridden to work in unusually cold temperatures for this time of year of 26º to 28º. This unfortunately limits me to Speedway 34 for my commute as my tree lined country backroad is much too frosty to use when the temps drop that low.
I appreciate the rain as it brings warmer temps but it too can restrict my route of travel due to high water.
I have braved the high water on one occasion and rode my bike through very slowly and cautiously. The water had just crested the shoulders of the road and was not very deep. However, I have been forced to turn around before when I could not see the road for the water and didn't dare risk the current, mud and unknown debris.
The last major flooding we had was 2006 when the Willamette River crested it's banks and flooded the major route in and out of downtown.
We were living in Lebanon that year and commuting to Corvallis, it took us 3 hours to get to work that morning. I think that was the year it rained right through til June.
Yes, it rains in Oregon, but come h3ll or high water, I'll still ride.