96 miles from Sisters to Eugene. Some people in western OR call the eastern part The Desert, and some in the east call the west The Dark Side (as in cloudy). Today we transitioned from eastern to western. The east didn’t look like a desert to me. More like California with pine trees. The dividing point for us was the Mackenzie Pass. The climb was 15 miles long, and started right at Sisters. Beautiful pine forest all the way, and light traffic. The big surprise is at the top; a massive lava field and views of many snow and glacier covered peaks. Wow doesn’t cover it. After a visit to the observatory at the pass, we plunged down a steep descent. Ferns and cedars became common as we entered the wet side. We had lunch near the bottom, and met up with Aimee, who provided the best sag wagon ever. Free of our baggage we picked up speed, and continued downriver to Eugene. For a long time. I think this was the most miles in one day of the transam.
I had a special treat when my old FD friend Tim, and his wife Lynne met us in camp, and brought us a delicious dinner (and an Oregon Ducks shirt!). Quite a day! Tomorrow will be the last one of the trip.
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