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.
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!