Quote of the Day - "Climb no hill that you have already climbed"
Such horrible news to get this morning regarding the plane shot down over the Ukraine. It's kind of nice to be out of the loop on this type of stuff for the most part.
However as a counterbalance to this it was nice to see Gary leave for golfing at 7:30 this morning with this:
Yes it was posed because I couldn't get the iPhone out fast enough but it was a re-enactment of the real deal. Married 57 years!
Just a bit chilly this morning - will be wearing 100% wool leggings up the mountain for at least part of the way. Cold muscles on this 22 mile 4000 foot ascent up to through McKenzie Pass will not be good. APPREHENSIVE!!!
Sandrine had a second person that offered to host us in McKenzie Bridge so we decided to go and visit her as she lived just down the road by about a mile.
This is the turn off point for 22 miles up to McKenzie Pass.
Lovely Joyce met us up at the half way point with some fruit and 2 gallons of water. She also brought Sandrine's panniers and my two front panniers. Sandrine was ready two throw out all of her stuff at this point - "I'm so done with this stuff". I became rather concerned with my "bike wife" and told her to talk to her "bike husband". We must communicate - right?? I thought we were "breaking up" at this point but she told me to just let her have her tantrum and to ride on ahead.
Strangely we both got stronger after this point which was actually steeper and we were now fully loaded.
View from the pass.
We have heard from a number of experienced cyclists that this is the most intense climb we will have so we are pleased with the relative ease that brought us to top. We do need to be mindful of the perfect weather we had regarding temperature and wind direction.
Also back to my quote of the day.... "Climb no hill that you have already climbed"...
The climb up to 5300 feet is relentless - you never stop climbing, but this is good as you are always making progress to the goal. The day before on the ride from Eugene to McKenzie Bridge we only gained 300 feet in elevation but we climbed that 300 feet about 25 times. If you have to climb I prefer the relentless climb. However it was so continuous a ride that it was difficult to safely take your hands off the bars to grab the water bottles and there where very few places where you could stop to drink and get going again easily. It was like trying to launch a standard shift transmission vehicle on a steep hill. If there was ever a place for a camelback it was here!
Couple (Justin and Carmen) at the summit that wanted a photo with us when they found out about our involvement with Soldiers Best Friend. Got to switch to different shorts tomorrow when we get back into civilization - sorry:):):)
We took a "flight" down into Sisters OR - a total of 10 miles of wild decent and then another 8 miles of more gentle decent.
Jim and Jill's place in Sisters OR (our Warm Showers hosts for tonight)
View out my bedroom window:
Jim ran us into town to go to dinner with Jonathan and Jerry who were on the Trans America route in the west bound direction so they almost done and will be dipping their wheels in the Pacific soon. We enjoyed them immensely and got some good tips regarding a forest fire that may cause us some issues as we go over Ochoco Pass.
Jonathan and Jerry:
Thank you so much Jim and Jill!!!!
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