Oh what a glorious day, a hard one though, at least the first 30 miles: 2,900' of climbing in 10 miles. Can't train for that in Chicago or even Wisconsin! Put a recumbent on that switch back and it is truly a slow-go, but all the better to view the incredible scenery.
I so wish my pix could begin to do the beauty justice.
The Blue Mountains fill the horizon with a quilt of wheat and green. I guess I had never seen plains before. Thought the plains were what we see in the mid-west. I was so wrong. The only sound for miles was the waving wheat which sometimes whistled. I think only 1 car passed me other than the PAC vehicles for the entire ascent and equally long descent. I might add that the OR roads are in perfect condition. Why can't Illinois even come close?
The permanent Haines, OR greeters 10 miles out of Baker City
I had been wondering for several days how I could buy a stamp to mail a letter. Stamps are not on the complementary replenishment list at Super 8's. The American flag flying up ahead gave me a clue that maybe there was a post office in Meacham, OR and I could buy my stamp there. Although Meacham has only 115 residents whose median age is 50, the general store, that dubs as the p.o., had stamps. Heidi, my letter is in the mail. :)
After the first 50 miles of glorious beauty, we were back on I-84 for a good stretch. Much nicer road surface than yesterday. Don't think we had any flats today.
Yesterday the 18-wheelers were hauling felled trees and potatoes. Today it was onions in open bed trucks speeding along at a minimum of 65 on I-84. Couldn't help but wonder what kept those onions from lifting off. Just hoped I didn't get clobbered my a flying onion. Couple miles down the road what did I see? Yep, road kill onion style.
99% of the time we navigate our route from a detailed route card PAC provides for each day. But there are those occasional tricky places along the way that could cause for confusion. One of the crew will spray "P" arrows on the road to minimize the risk of one of use going astray. ("P" is for PAC)
Have had a couple of mishaps in the last two days. Yesterday Larry's exquisite TI frame cracked clear through at the weld of the head and cross tubes. He's riding a PAC Team bike until his Litespeed is shipped in. And today Lisa crashed on a descent after hitting a pothole and broke her pelvis. Tragic.