Posts by: Rich

Finito

On August 28, 2011 By

86 miles from Eugene to the Pacific at Florence Oregon. Wrapped it up with a nice river side ride to Florence, then a little north to find a real dang beach to make it official (Florence is on a river slough).
I’m not sure if I can, or even need to, sum up the [...]

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The path to The Dark Side

On August 27, 2011 By

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 [...]

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Hammer time

On August 26, 2011 By

86 miles from Mitchell to Sisters OR. We squeezed out an extra 19 miles today, ending at the base of our last big climb. This means we can now reach Eugene tomorrow, and the Pacific day after. The pull to finish is getting pretty strong, and the daily mileages keep creeping up. As Peter says [...]

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Disaster town

On August 25, 2011 By

81 miles from Prairie City to Mitchell OR. This was another long day. Due to the spacing of towns in eastern Oregon, once again it was either a very short or long day. The day took us through some interesting volcanic and fossil rich geology. Unfortunately the roadside signs explaining it were mostly missing. After [...]

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Hat-trick of hills

On August 24, 2011 By

Baker City to Prairie City OR. We couldn’t fool ourselves about today; we knew it would be a tough one. 69 miles with three mountain passes to get to the next town. The only “services” along the way was the pipe spewing spring water just East of Austin Junction.
We started with a partially [...]

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Halfway to Baker City

On August 23, 2011 By

Tough day today. 53 miles, mostly uphill. Eastern Oregon is pretty warm and dry.

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Here’s your sign

On August 22, 2011 By

80 miles from Council ID to Halfway OR. We started out with a goal of Oxbow OR, but we made great time on the first half of the ride. After a big climb and a screaming descent to the Snake River we entered Oregon. Then it hit 100 degrees and kinda reminded us of Kansas. [...]

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Riggins to Council, ID

On August 21, 2011 By

A classic example of “It looked good on paper” 60 mile ride with one big climb, a lot of river grade riding, and a coast right into town finish. Turns out the river was much steeper than previous, and it hit 100 degrees today. Also the coast into town was mostly pedaling through heavy traffic. [...]

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River Grade

On August 20, 2011 By

That’s what the locals refer to when roads follow rivers. A consistent, barely perceptible grade that goes for many miles. It makes riding in these mountainous areas very easy. As long as the wind cooperates. 72 miles from Kooskia to Riggins ID. We did 88 yesterday, mostly downstream along the Clearwater River. Today we started [...]

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The hardest day

On August 19, 2011 By

People along the way often ask us, what was your favorite part? What was the hardest? I think the next few days will be the hardest. One of the things I gave up to come on this adventure was the chance to take Kelly away to college. She will be leaving this weekend with Barb [...]

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