80 Miles and 3 Mountain Passes

Good day today, again a LOT of climbing, 3 major ascents, 4,850 feet of climbing, but beautiful country! On the last descent, we were traveling along the Powder River for about 5 miles. Aside from being beautiful, and sounding wonderful because of all the rapids, in biking we joke “may the stream be with you”, since that means you are following it downhill, which we were.

Something I haven’t mentioned is the air out here, we have almost always been either in evergreen forest, or the high desert with sage, or near ranches where hay and alfalfa are prevalent, it is wonderful.

We are about to leave the mountains of Oregon where we have spent the last 6 days, and have 2 relatively flat days leading up to our day off in Boise Idaho.  Are my legs happy!

alan

view from an overlook, looking west towards John Day, Oregon

view from an overlook, looking west towards John Day, Oregon

Farm with Blue Mountains of Oregon in the distance

Farm with Blue Mountains of Oregon in the distance

Snow capped Blue Mountains

Snow capped Blue Mountains

Cresting Dixie Mountain at 5,277 feet

Cresting Dixie Mountain at 5,277 feet

Last descent of the day, from Snall Summit

Last descent of the day, from Snall Summit

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