Day 72: Riding Incidental: Ochoco Lake, OR to Sisters, OR

47 miles (76 km) – Total so far: 3,939 miles (6,339 km) Today wasn’t so much a ride as it was a series of cafes, pubs, restaurants, and the like rudely interrupted by pedalling on a bike. After yesterday’s blazing time in the saddle Paul, Terry, and myself were all ready for a nice restfulContinue reading “Day 72: Riding Incidental: Ochoco Lake, OR to Sisters, OR”

Day 71: Wildfire!: Dayville, OR to Ochoco Lake, OR

73 miles (117 km) – Total so far: 3,892 miles (6,264 km) This trail isn’t done with me yet. Today’s ride was to be seriously challenging. Two 2,000+ ft passes through the Ochoco mountains. Temperatures over 100 degrees for the eighth day running. No shade, and little opportunity to replenish water. Fortunately, the Presbytrian churchContinue reading “Day 71: Wildfire!: Dayville, OR to Ochoco Lake, OR”

Day 70: Outstanding Oregon… and Outlaws!: Austin Junction, OR to Dayville, OR

60 miles (97 km) – Total so far: 3,819 miles (6,146 km) 100-105 degree heat really smothers all chance of enjoying any pedal stroke made after 11:00 AM. We’ve tried all manner of things to avoid these blistering temperatures: starting early, cycling late, hibernating in restaurants during the worst of it, jumping in rivers, hydratingContinue reading “Day 70: Outstanding Oregon… and Outlaws!: Austin Junction, OR to Dayville, OR”

Day 69: Train!: Baker City, OR to Austin Junction, OR

54 miles (87 km) – Total so far: 3,759 miles (6,050 km) We were up before dawn to race against the heat. The race started with the sun coming up over the horizon and the three of us shooting out of Baker City. We’ve left the arid Hells Canyon behind as we continue to ascendContinue reading “Day 69: Train!: Baker City, OR to Austin Junction, OR”

Day 67: Hot Headwind Hills and Harleys

My destination for the day was Baker City. The ride itself was the kind to just get done. Lots of steep hills, temperatures over 100 degrees for the fifth day in a row and a hairdryer headwind would have made today tough in the best of circumstances. Circumstances, as it turns out, were anything butContinue reading “Day 67: Hot Headwind Hills and Harleys”

Day 66:Final state: Cambridge, ID to Halfway, OR

Oregon Day 66-Halfway, OR Day67-Baker City, OR Day 69-Austin Junction, OR Day 70- Dayville, OR Day 71-Ochoco Lake, OR Day 72- Sisters, OR Day 73- Eugene, OR Day 74-Swisshome, OR Day 75-Pacific Ocean, Earth Day 66:Final state: Cambridge, ID to Halfway, OR 57 miles (92 km) – Total so far: 3,651 miles (5,876 km) TheContinue reading “Day 66:Final state: Cambridge, ID to Halfway, OR”

Day 65: Experimental Eating: New Meadows, ID to Cambridge, ID

51 miles (82 km) – Total so far: 3,594 miles (5,784 km) I had been fearing another scorcher of a day today, so I set my alarm early ready to jump on the bike and race against the noonday sun. Contrary to forecast, a gloomy overcast drizzle hung over us as we pedaled up andContinue reading “Day 65: Experimental Eating: New Meadows, ID to Cambridge, ID”

Day 64: Dangerously Hot: White Bird, ID to New Meadows, ID

Part 1 105 degrees. I wouldn’t have believed it if you had told me. Not heat index… three different thermometers: two at 104 and one at 105. Crazy melting hot weather. We got out of the farmyard early as the town of White Bird has little to recommend staying. In fact, it has much toContinue reading “Day 64: Dangerously Hot: White Bird, ID to New Meadows, ID”

Day 63: Cheating the heat: Kooskia, ID to White Bird, ID

44 miles (71 km) – Total so far: 3,483 miles (5,605 km) Part 1 The mounting heat is becoming enough of a challenge that I’m continuing yesterday’s split ride again today. I plan on riding 40ish miles each morning and then another 20 in the early evening each day as I pass through the highContinue reading “Day 63: Cheating the heat: Kooskia, ID to White Bird, ID”

Day 62: Beautiful: Clearwater National Forest, ID to Kooskia, ID

86 miles (138 km) – Total so far: 3,439 miles (5,535 km) America, I have important news for you. Idaho has been holding out on us. Potatoes. That’s what you think when I say Idaho. But this state isn’t about sodding tubers. No, my fellow citizens, Idaho has cornered the market on pure natural beauty.Continue reading “Day 62: Beautiful: Clearwater National Forest, ID to Kooskia, ID”