BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 71 Mitchell to Redmond

Day Seventy One Thane’s Blog: eating peaches

Wednesday July 10, 2013, 67 miles (108 km) – Total so far: 4,035 miles (6,493 km)

We are now just 6 cycling days from the town of Astoria which marks the end of this journey. And like the torrential rains that pelted us for much of the first three weeks of this adventure I was once again a flood of emotions as we made our 68 mile trek from the city of Mitchel to the city of Redmond.


We hit the climb of the day around 7 miles into our morning. It’s called Ochoco Pass. 10 miles later I was at the sign marking the summit taking a photo of Boo and eating a can of peaches in heavy syrup. Had I known the syrup was heavy I might have went looking for a can of peaches in light syrup instead when I shopped yesterday.

I thought the climb was beautiful actually. 6-7% average and winding through beautiful forests of pine and fir trees. It does seem a little odd to me still though. I looked at the back of our map and the topography tells us we will climb several more passes before our journey is over. Tomorrow we get to eat Mckenzie Pass which tops out at 5,325 feet. The kid at the bike shop here in town said I would really enjoy the scenery but the climb goes on forever and it’s steep.

He also told me that the huge pole barn structure on the right hand side of the road that we passed today as we made the climb out of Prineville was the secret home of all things Facebook. He told me of the security forces that are employed there as well as the amount of fiber cable wire in that place. When I snapped a photograph of this airport with a beautiful mountain behind it right there I wondered why the hell anyone would put an airport in such a strange place. I now know why.

I’m really getting emotional these days on the bike. Some crazy ass shit rolling down my cheeks at least a couple times a day. It’s all good though. I’m really glad that we have these serious climbs thrown at us during the last week of this adventure. It gives an old dude plenty of time for reflecting.

I’m truly starting to figure out some of the reasons I ever considered attempting to ride a bicycle across this country. One of these days soon I will tell the world.

ruffy. play time is over.

ruffy. play time is over.

the beautiful pine trees of oregon

the beautiful pine trees of oregon

lake ochoco

lake ochoco

bob and ruffy sharing a laugh

bob and ruffy sharing a laugh

maybe we should go climb that

maybe we should go climb that

 

Day Seventy One Bobby’s Blog

Wednesday July 10, 2013, 67 miles (108 km) – Total so far: 4,035 miles (6,493 km)

Beautiful morning a little chilly but not bad knowing that in a couple of hours it would be near 100 again. We had a brief downhill that led us to the nearly 10 mile climb to Ochoco Pass at 4,720′ The grade was around 6% at the steepest but by the time we got to the summit the sun was high in the sky and very hot.After that we enjoyed a nice descent and 49 miles later we had breakfast in Prineville. After stuffing ourselves and chatting with a couple of other TransAmmers we were off again for 8.5 miles and another stop in Powell Butte for cold drinks and ice cream. I am going to miss that when I get home.Speaking of home I seem to be thinking of that place more and more as the miles melt away beneath my pedals. A mind has a lot of time to wander through those long desolate stretches between watering holes.As I said we spend most of our time foraging for food and or shelter. We are drawing closer to the end and my body is getting tired from the climbs.

Redmond will be our bed for the night. There is a DQ right across the street.