Saturday, April 16 was the first edition of the Spring Fling, a gravel ride that took place in the Little Applegate valley and explored the slopes of Anderson Butte. Roughly 25 riders showed up for a great day in the sun. Here are some pictures from the less-ambitious but still challenging Short Course, a.k.a. the “Travolta.”
Stay tuned for Aaron’s upcoming blog post, which will feature more photos and coverage of the Long Course!
Descending 238 toward Ruch.
Little Applegate Road.
Sterling Creek Road as seen from Buncom.
Buncom Focus group.
A little mud in spots.
More Anderson steepness.
Looking up the first bit of the Anderson Creek south-side climb out of the Little Applegate Valley. It gets a little steep.
More Little Applegate gravel. This road meanders along the side of the valley and is fairly mellow.
First of the gravel on Little Applegate Road.
Mount Mcloughlin in the distance.
Rogue Valley views from a scenic overlook paved with shotgun shells and broken glass.
Sleppy Mine Road is mostly a descent when traversed south-to-north, albeit with a few surprise climbs in the mix.
We found snow!
The beginning of Sleppy Mine Road, traversing the side of the Anderson Butte ridge.
Gravel, trees, sky.
Getting near the top of the Anderson Butte Road climb prior to the turnoff.
65 and sunny.
Looking back toward the ridges that carry the road connecting Anderson Butte to Wagner Butte.
After climbing out to the junction of Anderson Creek Road and Anderson Butte Road, a left turn brought us to some spectacular views along the ridge.
These folks are awesome!
More nice views.
An especially steep part near the top.