Mileage: 60 miles
Weather: Mostly sunny. Low 60s to start. Low 70s to end. Wind was very moderate to start and built slowly to a lovely tailwind out of the west.
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 sunny but with enough clouds to hide some of the Cascades. Mt Jefferson did follow the riders most of the day but with its top hidden. The Three Sisters were somewhat visible on a couple of occasions. Even Mt Hood poked its head in every once and a while just so we didn’t forget. I guess you could say that the mountain vistas were not as stunning as yesterday but that would be silly. It was a beautiful day on the bicycle. Moderate temperatures, glimpses of mountains, beautiful high dessert views and a stiff tailwind to end the day. I’m not sure we could reasonably ask for more.
Tomorrow we ride out at dawn to the town of John Day, OR. 117 miles and ~5,000’ of climbing. Time to sleep fast.