Ochoco Challenge 2012: A bicycle Tour of Eastern Oregon
This is a brief write up of our tour, the Ochoco Challenge. Seven days, July 8- 14 2012, in Eastern Oregon riding some of the most beautiful, rugged and remote areas in Oregon. The club last rode this tour in 2007. At that time I was really wanted to ride it, but afraid I wasn't strong enough to attempt it. It was a big regret that I never did this ride, and I wasn't going to pass on the opportunity again.
Ron climbing Keyes Pass
Adrienne and Julie into Picture Gorge
Most of the players assembled in Scio for the journey to Mitchell where we would begin our ride in the afternoon...in the heat...up the big climb out of Mitchell. Barbi and Julie rode over with Ron and I. I loved being in Eastern Oregon once again.
Rugged Scenery and Dramatic Skies
Three or four of us (me included) would be nauseous and heat exhausted before the end of the climb. Coming from mild 65F plus temps to over 100 F temps to ride a bicycle up a big hill is not the best plan, but it's the way it had to be. I rode about 4 and a half miles of the 6 mile climb over Keyes pass, then caught a ride with the SAG. From the top of Keyes I was able to finish the ride. The rest of the day was overcast with thunderstorms. Ron and I had a few refreshing sprinkles of rain, some of the other riders were pelted with hail. Beautiful country and dramatic skies. Gotta love it!