Cycling Date: Thursday 19-June-14
Weather: Mostly sunny. Low 60s to start. Upper 70s to end. Wind was mostly out of the west and we were heading mostly east.
Highlights of the day:
Today was the last of our “warm up” days. We have averaged a bit over 67 miles per day so far, and the climbs have been long but gradual. Tomorrow, this changes. It was highly recommended that the riders’ approach today’s ride as an active recovery. In plain English – take it easy today. The ride started with quick descent out of the resort followed by a climb out of the canyon. The end of yesterday, only in reverse – sorta.
The route featured more beautiful high desert landscapes. Skies were clear and sunny giving us picture perfect views of the Cascades. Mt Jefferson seemed to follow the riders most of the days. The Three Sisters were prominent on several occasions. Even Mt Hood poked its head in every once and a while just so we didn’t forget. Toss in glimpses of Mt Washington, Mt Adams, Mt Bachelor, and Three Fingered Jack (plus others I am sure I forgot) and we had a great backdrop for a great day in the saddle.
Tomorrow we ride out at dawn to the town of John Day, OR. 117 miles and ~5,000’ of climbing. Time to sleep fast.