Hello. Day 4. Kah-Nee-Ta to Prineville. 61.1 miles. 3,281 feet of climbing.
Not too hard a day. Crossed the Deschutes River in Warm Springs, the a 4-mile climb at 5% grade, followed by flats into Madras where we had our first (and only) rest stop at 30 miles.
Having turning off to Prineville on hwy 26 we were treated to more gorgeous views of the Cascades.
Most of the time we were in the Crooked River National Grasslands. To my surprise, I came along side the smoking aftermath of a small roadside fire. A fire crew was putting out the last hot spots.
Finished off with a long, gradual descent, fast descent into Prineville.
You can see our ride here.
Tomorrow we’re bracing for a long day—117 miles with 5,000 of climbing.
Portland Tom sent his 3rd installment:
The weather was perfect,
The miles how they flew,
Things looked so familiar
Along Sauvie Island slough.
Through Stumptown they pedaled,
Past favorite old haunts,
It tempted them sorely
Not to stop for croissants.
On up the broad shoulder
Of Wy’east they spun slow,
Hurtled down to Kahneeta,
Where the Warmsprings runs cold.
They flew over the Deschutes
Where trout rise for the hatch,
Out onto high desert
They rode with dispatch.
“I’m feeling good about this”
Martin said with a yell,
But Stabler sagely said nothing,
It was too early to tell.
So now listen closely,
The easy parts done,
The Bike Brothers gear up
For climbing, what fun!
Readers note –
For reasons that through the years
Have become quite obscure,
Dave became known as Stabler,
And now there’s no cure.
And Grand Junction Kate penned this:
Today you’ve arrived in Kah-Nee-Ta.
You had some tough climbing
And probably some whining.
And a little bit more of je ne sais quoi.