Mileage: 116 miles
Weather: Upper 50s to start. Low 70s to end. Winds were decidedly in our favor. Clouds – partly to mostly to partly to mostly to partly...
Highlights of the day:
116 miles, breathtaking landscapes, two big climbs, and amazing weather. For the record, I am crossing my fingers, tossing salt over my shoulder and knocking on wood as I type. We continue to have some very unseasonal weather in Oregon. Dry. Cool. Partly to mostly sunny. And tailwinds. We checked with the riders to make sure no one felt cheated on the effort required to climb hills today due to the push that the tailwinds were providing. We fielded no complaints. With that confirmed, on behalf of the riders of AAN16, I want to take this opportunity to thank the controlling weather fronts, Mother Nature, and any other influential entities providing us this amazing gift. We are not taking it for granted.
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 6:45. 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 with huge smiles on their faces, searching for food. I don’t think sleep will be an issue tonight, which is good with more riding and climbing tomorrow. Good night!