Tandem Rally 2018 – Day 4

This was officially our last day of the NWTR, we will be heading down to Eugene tomorrow to spend some time with my family.

Today started out a little different. Last night when we went to bed we said we would decide in the morning whether or not to do any riding today.

As it turned out there was a huge power outage that encompassed our hotel. We let that drive our decision not to ride but to go back across the ferry and take pictures and enjoy the scenery we had ridden through yesterday.

We drove toward downtown until we ran into working stop lights and began hunting for a place for breakfast and coffee. We were surprised to find that many of the breakfast places are closed on Monday.

Just as we were walking back to the car to search somewhere else we noticed a little cafe on a side street called Little Wuesten German Food. We were able to get homemade seeded rye bread toasted with butter and jam, and scrambled eggs and a cappuccino for Chris and a double espresso for me. It was delicious, reasonably priced and the service was wonderful and very cheery.

After breakfast we headed for the Buena Vista Ferry. It was very windy and cloudy today which made it a bit chilly so it was a great day for sightseeing and taking photos.

Ferrying across the Willamette River.

Just across the river if you look up you can see an Osprey nest. We were lucky enough to see both mom, dad and a couple glimpses of the babies.

After watching the Ospreys nurture their young for a very long time we set off down the road to enjoy the beauty.

We ended up at the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge and decided to take a walk out on the paths. You are not allowed to talk, run or bike on the paths in order to not scare the wildlife.

We took lots of photos and I will share a few here.

We spent about 2 hours walking around and taking photos then went off to find some lunch and maybe a beer.

We found a place in Jefferson called Tommy’s Welcome Inn. They had both food and beer. The food was pretty good the beer was okay.

The town of Jefferson.

Now we’re back in our room getting ready to head out for dinner at a place called Frankie’s in downtown Albany.

Just got back from Frankie’s and dinner was terrific!

We will be spending Independence Day with family.

Our next trip is to Maine, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in September! See you then!

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