Cycling Date: Wednesday 18-June-14
Mileage: 65 miles
Weather: Cool and damp to start. Low 40s. No rain to speak of but the cloud cover was low. Dried up and the sun came out to warm us as we entered the high desert. Temperatures came up into the mid 70s. Woot woot!!
Highlights of the day:
Day three started the first big climb of the tour, 13 miles up to the base of Mount Hood at Government Camp. It was a long climb of the western US variety, meaning it goes for miles but the grades tend to stay in the 4-8 percent range. For the non-riders, 4-8 percent is work but relatively moderate. For the westerners, yes, I do know there are steep climbs out here but, in my humble and perhaps inaccurate opinion, the steep ones seem fewer and farther between than back east. (This is not the opinion of AbB. Please send all emails correcting this to my attention…)
As we rode east from the base lodge our surroundings rapidly changed from evergreen forest to high desert, with a scattering of trees and shrubs over grassy hills. Big vistas opened up, with grand views of snow capped mountains to the west and a stunning view of Mt Hood to the north. The route ended with a beautiful winding decent down to the Deschutes River followed by a short but steep climb up to the resort.
I write this from a room in a Native American owned resort, with a balcony overlooking a beautiful valley, nearly devoid of human signs. Spoiled for one more night.