Baker City, Oregon: Another fine day on the bike. As one of my fellow riders exclaimed, “this is livin’!” Every day seems like a Saturday. We feel really blessed: great scenery, relatively quiet back roads, excellent support, awesome weather, and fine camaraderie. Life is good, the cycling exhilarates, and we’re eating our way across America!
Today’s 81 miles (and three mountain passes) seemed like a breeze compared to yesterday’s marathon. Yet we climbed 4,650 feet. One of the riders called me the ‘mountain goat,’ because I love the climbs. We cycled through two national forests with ubiquitous Pine trees, and across prairie and farmland.
Tomorrow is our last day in Oregon, and by tomorrow we will cycled across the entire state of Oregon — over 500 miles — and completed about 1/7 of the trip. Even though I’m cycling slowly, it’s all going by so quickly.
Today has been a fairly typically day. Today’s schedule:
5:20am Wake up
5:50am Load luggage
6:00am Breakfast at a local restaurant (eggs, sausage, oatmeal, fruit)
6:30am Start cycling
~9:00am SAG (support and gear) stop. These are refuelling stops. Today’s first SAG stop was next to a small cafe, so this SAG stop became a cobbler and coffee breakfast. The cobbler was just the fuel I needed to get over the day’s remaining two mountain passes.
~1:00pm Second SAG stop. Picnic lunch.
2:30pm Arrive at hotel; check-in. This afternoon I hit the jacuzzi and swimming pool to ease my muscles.
5:00pm Mechanics time. There’s great mechanical support on this trip. I lubed my chain, figuring the squeaking sound I was beginning to hear isn’t a good thing.
6:00pm Dinner (salad, chicken, fettucine alfredo, veggies), followed by Route Rap, where navigation directions for the next day’s ride is circulated.
7:30pm Free time for blogging, socializing. Because wireless reception is generally weak in the motel rooms, most of my blogging is done from the lobbys, as is the case today. Four or five other riders are also doling the same thing.
~9:00pm Wheels up and lights out.
Here are some snapshots from yesterday’s ride to John Day and today’s trek to Baker City:
Day 6 summary:
Day 6 route: John Day to Baker City, Oregon
Day 6 mileage: 80.8 miles
Cumulative mileage: 468.04 miles
Elevation: 4,650 feet of climbing
Terrain: farmland, prairie and forest
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