Cycling Date: Friday 20-June-14
Mileage: 117 miles
Weather: Low 50s to start. Mid 70s to end. Winds were mostly favorable (aka tailwind). No rain. No rain at all.
Highlights of the day:
116 miles, breathtaking landscapes, two big climbs, and NO rain. To any of the AAN 2013 alumni that might be reading this – we thank you! You all must have paid it forward on our wettest John Day day in 2013 to give us one of the nicest John Day days in 2014. No layers of clothing. No shivering riders digging through luggage putting on anything they could claw out of their bags. We had sun with just enough clouds to keep temperatures extremely comfortable for a long challenging ride.
This route was another one with only two turns. Left out of one motel, and left into another. We started early with all the riders on the road by 6:15. A 15-mile warm up brought the riders to climb #1 of the day – a long 20-mile, but gradual, climb that took us up to Ochoco Pass at 4720’. We fueled up at our first SAG stop and then hooted with delight along the 7-mile downhill. A non-technical descent with good road conditions – WAHOO!!
A few more miles into Mitchell and then we tackled the second major climb of the day up to Keyes Summit at 4369’. This climb was a shorter (6 miles) but a bit steeper. The work was well rewarded with a 25-mile descent towards John Day. Our final SAG stop and a few pictures at the Dayville Mercantile plus 30 miles of mostly rolling with a great tail wind (!!) brought the riders into the hotel, searching for food. I don’t think sleep will be an issue tonight, which is good with more riding and climbing tomorrow. Good night!