June 22 – Day 5 – John Day, OR 116 Miles

Well today was a BIG long day .. up at 4:30 AM and I am still up at almost 9:00 PM with another challenging day ahead of us tomorrow.

Breakfast started with Oatmeal and Eggs and a rain shower.  Unlike many of the others, we waited until after the rainbow and the rain stopped and got on our bikes just before 6:30.  Two long climbs in the first half of our trip with some gorgeous downhills afterwards – so the third quarter (to Mile 87 passed quickly) – We left the Mile 85 SAG stop and the rain started spitting.  We had 30 miles to go  … well we were in a downpour for at least a 1/2 hour and it rained the rest of the way into John Day. Tired legs, tired arms from the gravel-covered pavement … and sore butts (same reason).

The scenery was beautiful … lots of cattle and farming ranches, some canyons, heavily pined summits – summer flowers and lots of birds.  Although there were Caution Elk & Deer signs we saw none.

Towns are few and far between but any people we have met are very friendly BUT we don’t have a lot of time to “stop and talk”.  It seems like there is always the next storm to beat or meeting to get to.

Central Oregon – Beautiful Roads …

We see lots of mountains in the distance ahead of us but not thinking about that.A nice little cafe yesterday made up PB&J sandwiches which were perfect for our ride today.  Did not even need a snack when we got in today.  We did have our recovery drinks after Bob washed the bikes to clean them, take out our bike bags to dry out, clean helmets, laundry, lube chains and do our stretching exercises after cleaning the road grime off our bodies.  Busy busy … Bob put our “old” seats on our bikes to try to change our butt positions for tomorrow’s travels. We will see how that works .. hopefully for 80 miles anyways … Tomorrow Baker City and will try to be more organized.  Can’t believe we have been out here for a week already!

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9 Responses to June 22 – Day 5 – John Day, OR 116 Miles

  1. Marsha Martin says:

    As Liz would say… You guys are the BOMB!!!

    • ds52 says:

      we are both sooooo thankful that we have been doing Boot Camp! The upper arm workout we get on bumpy roads is amazing! we are doing stretching after rides regularly. We have been ove bridges that scared ME! TOMORROW we get to ride the Interstate …now that is terrifying (entrances & exits) Hugs to you & Dinty

  2. Janet Swem says:

    Wow, you guys are tough as nails! It’s great fun to take part in your adventure!

  3. Claire says:

    Please start thinking about alternatives to PB&J. Just thinking, for now. Thought about you a lot yesterday, 116 is a long way. Glad that day is past.

    • ds52 says:

      Hdey Claire … love your comments! you guys would love this! Many levels of ridersand you can be on the roads seeing very few of them. The support staff (7) are great. they trade riding days …

      OK so what alternatives to PB&J? the sags have fruit (apples, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, raisins), nuts, trail mix, trail bars, cookies, and peanut butter … so we graze … we just know with grazing and a PB&J we can do 100 miles ..BUT we are interested in alternatives…. hope all is good in retirement land …

      Have 2 New Zealanders on this tour …..

  4. Nancy says:

    Feeling mind of bad for you guys! Hopefully you won’t be sore every day. Thanks for sharing the
    Beautiful pictures! Nice to see parts of the country I haven’t seen yet. Take care! Thinking of you!

    • ds52 says:

      Hey nancy… my toes are good (and so far fingers too!) hard to believe a week has gone by here. we still have 2 more days in Oregon. 116 miles is hard but a good night sleep does amazing things. 80 hilly miles today – 80 not so hilly miles tomorrow AND we don’t have to leave until 7:30 AM! Yeah! sleep til 6:00! The state is beautiful … any picture we post cannot do it justice!

  5. Jo Cyr-Mutty says:

    OK, you two, I am tired just READING this. You are amazing!

    • ds52 says:

      you guys would LOVE this! there are all levels of people here. Bob & I ride together. Generally not with the other 50 – new riders scare me. But of several couples all don’t ride always together. Some go fast – others (US) not so fast but we don’t bring up the rear early. The staff (7) are all great. There is a mechanic who will fix what he can(very knowledgable) and each evening there is a Mechanics time – go to check your bike or use their tools or clean your chain, etc. 2 more days on Oregon … amazing.!!! enjoy Maine!

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