Monday, July 30, 2012

Ochoco Challenge Day2: Dayville to John Day

Ochoco12 - Day 2
Presbyterian Church in Dayville has been hosting bicycling tourist since 1976 
This was supposed to be an easy day. A short route. No big climbs. Easy-peasy. Twas not to be, at least for a few of us. I was slow and unenergetic. This should be easy! What's the deal??
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Morning skies outside of Dayville
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Beautiful Eastern Oregon

We stopped at Clyde Holliday SP for lunch. This is a lovely park, and I wouldn't mind camping here sometime.
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Clyde Holliday State Park
Once in John Day everyone was able to get a room at the Dreamer's Lodge. It must have seemed like some dicey bunch of cyclist taking over the place with clothes lines of drying bike clothes hanging from lines and balconies. Do you know how ugly bike shorts are inside-out, drying in the breeze? We were thrilled to have AC in our rooms.
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More road porn
 We had dinner that evening at The Outpost, a local restaurant where we chowed down on dinner and pow-wowed over tommorrows ride. Many of us were demoralized from the last two days, and tomorrow was to be one of our toughest days, if not the toughest. 60 miles and lots of climbing. Some of us were looking longingly at the short route (hwy 26) straight to Prairie City. In the end we agreed to try the long route with a super early start to beat the heat and promises to use the SAG vehicle when needed. All righty then...
Ochoco12 - Day 2
Roger and May

32 miles
76 miles total
906' gain

10 comments:

  1. It would be a beautiful area for a bicycle trip and with a sag wagon as well to carry most of your gear. The distances sound pretty modest at least for now.

    Sounds pretty nice.

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    1. Hi Richard,
      The distances were indeed modest. Our longest day was a little over 60 miles. Most were 30-ish. The route we took would make a fine motorcycle(day) trip.

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  2. Ya know, they make these things called engines and drive trains for two-wheeled conveyances......

    Kidding of course, hope you find your rhythm tomorrow!

    Dom

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    1. I had an engine! It was just painfully slow!! ;)

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  3. Eastern Oregon looks lovely, but hot. Ugh. Hopefully you don't have humidity to contend with, too.

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    1. I don't think west coast humidity can even come close to east coast humidity from what I've heard. Excepting thunderstorms, it's a dry heat. It was just a shock coming from 65-70 F temps. But we prevailed! :)

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  4. Hey, we thought about stopping at that park for lunch on Friday. Nice to see a picture from inside the park.

    Having just ridden those roads on a motorcycle I can say I don't think I'd like them without a throttle.

    Kudos to you and Ron for getting out there with pedal power.

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    1. It's funny, but last year when we rode through the area with Bobskoot I saw lots of cyclists and knew I wanted to go back with my bicycle.

      Next time I want to go back with a full kit of camera gear and spend some time photographing the scenery. Pretty sure I won't do that on a bicycle!

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  5. Thanks :)
    I think it would be a good spot to base camp and do rides out from there...and if you had a dual sport, well, we saw plenty of nice gravel roads that begged to be explored!

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  6. Sometimes it isnjusthard to shrug off the sleep, isn't it? I hope you overcame and enjoyed.

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