Hello. Day 5. Prineville to John Day. 116 miles. 5,141 feet of climbing.
It was a long, hard day.
We passed a notable landmark—the “Shoe Tree” which has dozens and dozens of shoes hanging in it. Colrain Bill and I stopped to check it out several years ago when we were en route to our annual meet-up with P-Burg Peggy and Ed.
Started our day with breakfast at 5:30, loading at 6:30, then on the road (again). Channeling Willie Nelson.
Two big climbs in the first 50 miles, then a long, very gradual ascent into John Day.
Three rest stops.
You can see the profile on the ride video. Please note I’m using Dave’s video because I haven’t yet received the email with the link from Relive.
Arrived at our Best Western at 3:40.
Distance aside, it was beautiful ride.
It’s gonna be an early night for the Stabler boys.
Another short poem from Grand Junction Kate:
With today’s major climb
Here’s an a propos rhyme …
Big wheels kept on turning,
Powerful legs kept on burning.
Keep on, bros, you’re hitting your prime!
And this is from Portland Judy W:
I Did It!
Over hill, over dale
Let my legs and brakes not fail
And on my back a gale
Never a tire with a nail
Please, not nightly, kale
Across this land I sail
No Midwest storms with hail
Smooth, paved roads, no shale
Observing many a beautiful vale
A ride of epic scale
This happy cycler’s tale
At the Atlantic dip I wail
I did it! With glorious exhale