I know it's hard to believe, but living in Oregon does have some disadvantages. In fact they are so rare that the only one I can think of at the moment is that it rains, a lot.
Lately I have been forced to ride into work on Highway 34, and I hate Highway 34 with a passion. I could write an entire blog post on the accidents and inattentive drivers just on the section of Highway 34 between Corvallis and Lebanon...but then again, I think I just did.
Anyway, I take a back road to and from work everyday to keep my blood pressure down, enjoy the scenery and for the lack of traffic. It is a bit longer and much slower than the main route but I like it. I can't speak too much of this route lest it get known and I am crowded out by mindless, cage driving zombies. In fact it is a terrible gravel road, full of pot holes, frequented by wide, slow moving farm equipment and prone to flooding.
and not just a little flooding, I could have floated the canoe across this lake.
Unfortunately, going around wasn't an option either.
I just kept trying until eventually it was traversable...although I did contemplate which route was safer. The road is clear for now, making me a little happier and much more pleasant to deal with at work.
Stay dry out there.