BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 72 Redmond to McKenzie Bridge

Day Seventy Two Thane’s Blog: is that lava hot

Thursday July 11, 2013, 63 miles (101 km) – Total so far: 4,098 miles (6,595 km)

I would have to say that the climb up Mackenzie Pass was one of the most incredible climbs of this entire journey. I had actually chatted up a young bike mechanic yesterday and he told me to be on the lookout for the “lava” rock formations along that road.

What he neglected to say was that after the first couple miles of the climb which were heading up through an incredible forest of pine and juniper trees the scenery was absolutely breathtaking. About half way up the right side of the climb I started noticing a few large rocks that were black. Not long after that the entire side of the mountain looked exactly like photos I had seen of old lava flows. It was an amazing sight to see especially with the snow covered mountains behind all this beauty.

I have been making several video clips of my “random thoughts of the day” and posting them to my Facebook account over the course of the last month of this trip and today the top of the pass inspired me to broadcast from there.

The ride down off the pass was first filled with the lava rocks and the mountain peaks and then it seemed to magically turn into a lush forest of green. Giant pines at least 6 feet in diameter were the norm. Lush ferns in various colors graced our descent as well. What a magical place to ride a bicycle through.

At this point we are not sure where it is that we are heading off to tomorrow. Maybe Eugene. All we know for sure is that on the 16th we will be dipping our front tire into the Pacific Ocean.

boo checking out the summit

boo checking out the summit

ruffy cycling through the lava

ruffy cycling through the lava

the three sisters mountians

the three sisters mountians

incredible forest of pines

incredible forest of pines

Day Seventy Two Bobby’s Blog

Thursday July 11, 2013, 63 miles (101 km) – Total so far: 4,098 miles (6,595 km)

Day 72 Redmond to McKenzie BridgeWoke up this morning thinking of two things. Home and McKenzie Pass. And breakfast too. That’s nothing new. We went over to the office of the motel to get our bikes(the nice lady let us keep them locked up there for the night cause we couldn’t fit them in the room with us) She said nothing should should be left outside locked up or not.

23 miles down the road we pulled in to Sisters and a quaint little diner for some eggs,bacon,toast,and coffee to get us ready for (the climb) When we left out of there we began to get our glimpses of snow capped peaks on both sides of us.

About four miles out of town the road turned up and we climbed for the nest 11 miles to the summit. What a beautiful ride early in the morning. The average was about 5% a little steeper at first but doable.

We were greeted by a large that said cyclists may use full lane. What a treat that was. These climbs are long so one must just find the right gear and a comfortable cadence and settle in for the long haul.

When we summited we were greeted by this enormous lava field. Not much growing up there. I can’t even explain what this looks like just total devastation that goes on for quite a while. There has to be millions of tons of this volcanic rock strewn all over the summit. We hung out and had a few snacks then began the descent which is always my favorite.

I do love the way these loaded tour bikes handle on a fast switch back descent. Hope my wife doesn’t read this. Had a real pleasant ride into McKenzie Bridge and had yet another bite to eat at a delightful deli then on to the RV park where we will overnight.