Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ochoco Challenge Day 6: Nice downhill!

The next morning the folks at Stampede restaurant served us a great breakfast and in preparation for huge appetites they prepared a boatload of food. We have just one short, but steep climb out of Long Creek then we spend the day descending down through Monument, Kimberly and on to Spray. Again, spectacular scenery, a fast descent with twisties. Love riding a bicycle like a motorcycle.
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Morning view
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I wonder where that goes?
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'nother view...yawn
Wade and Dave rode with Ron and I today. Both are much stronger, faster riders than us and we rarely ride together, so It was a treat to share to road with them. Wade has one of the wickedest sense of humors ever. Everyone was taking it easy today, saving up for our big climbs tomorrow.
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The fun stuff - Downhill!
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Still downhill
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Before there were bikes...
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Dave
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Lavender
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Open cab farming...no AC, no windows to keep the dust out
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I can't remember if we came up this or were just starting down
We rented a house on the river and it's a beautiful setting. The two bedrooms were given to Roger & May and Dennis & Mary Ellen, as they did the bulk of the tour planning and deserved to get the rooms. The rest of us crashed either in the house on the floor, or out in the yard in tents. I would love to spend a weekend out this little house.

Chuck has had trouble with his truck this week, so he and Rod will head home and take it to the shop. We sort out essential items to be loaded into the one remaining sag vehicle and send Chuck and Rod on their way. Only one more day...
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The view from the rental house. Middle fork John Day River.
48 miles
261 total
1020' gain

13 comments:

  1. More horses and lavender, please! Beautiful!

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    1. Hi Martha
      I love lavender too. I need to plant some in my yard. I've never seen any quite as big as these were.

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  2. More beautiful pictures. Sure is a pretty area.

    We were thinking of riding home that way but it would have added time and extra miles to the already 450 mile (12 hour) day on the bikes.

    I think you get to see a lot more by bicycle than by motorcycle.

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    1. Brandy
      It would be a nice ride. I'm not sure there are any bad roads at that way. So many routes, so little time! :)

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  3. Beautiful photos. I think my favorite is Dave coming up hill. I noticed that you didn't bring the tandem, too many hills?

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    1. Richard,
      Thanks. We sold our tandem this year. It was just gathering dust in the garage, so better it goes to a home that will use it. I like riding tandem, but we always seem to take the single bikes.

      If I ever get another one, I want a fatbike tandem. It would be so fun at the beach! :)

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  4. Yep, Mr Gravity is one's friend on the downhills when on a bicycle....uphills, not so much. :)

    dom


    Redleg's Rides

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    1. Dom,
      Mr. Gravity is a very good friend!! ;)
      Too bad he insists on doing the uphills too.

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  5. And, before tractors there were horses. Love the view from the rental house.
    ~k

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    1. Hi Keith,
      I loved the view. There was a nice deck in back where you could sit and take it all in. We saw a number of rafters/kayakers floating the river that day.

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  6. Ah, lavender. Reminds me of the Provence.

    Meanwhile all those views must have bored you to death, especially the one from the house with that river view... Bah! ;-)

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    1. Hi Sonja
      lol, yeah it was tough. Next time I want to go somewhere scenic! ;)

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  7. Downhill...yeah!! ;)

    Beautiful pictures. I'll third or fourth the lavender after everyone above.

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