Kah-Nee-Ta, Oregon: Another fantastic day on the bike. Much of the day traversed Mt Hood National Forest and involved about 5,000 feet of climbing, with a technical descent toward the mesa. The landscape evolved from mountain forest, then quickly flattened out, turning into mesa and arid desert terrain. It’s all very beautiful, and there was little traffic on the roads. The weather was most agreeable, and the backdrop of Mt Hood against the pristine blue sky was awesome. I much enjoyed the smells of pine, sage, and juniper along the way. Kah Nee Ta is a resort on the Warm Springs Indian reservation. I cycled through the casino. We also biked across the 45th parallel, the midway point between the equator and North Pole. Today, on the descent, I also swallowed a bug. Nasty.
Scenes from today:
Day 3 Route: Welches to Kah-Nee-Ta, Oregon
Day 3 mileage: 65 miles
Cumulative mileage: 210.9 miles
Elevation: ~ 5000 feet of climbing
Terrain: Mountain forest evolving to mesa and desert