Boise, ID -> Ontario, OR Finally, we’ve made it all the way to Oregon! As much as I love my home state, our team didn’t really have the greatest introduction. For the day’s ride we probably had around 30 flats from these little thorns that were everywhere. While riding with Mark, ytowards the end of the trip he actually got a flat in both tires. We did eventually make it to our hosts and actually along the way we met a guy riding across the country with his 2 daughters. I got to ride with them for a little while and that was really cool to ride with other cross country cyclists.
The cross country cycling family
Apparently Oregon is famous for their onions
Ontario, OR -> Unity, OR
Wow Oregon is beautiful. We stayed at Unity Lake State Park and it was gorgeous! Of course I slept outside, which was awesome. Along the way we also met 2 other cross country cyclists and they actually decided to join us at the park which was pretty neat.
Pacific Time Zone
More cross country cyclists
Unity Lake State Park
Unity, OR -> John Day, OR
Once we got into John Day some of us went to DQ to grab a quick snack then headed for the Oregon Solwest Fair. This was an event to educate people about renewable energy especially solar power. It was all in all a pretty informative experience, but not really the most exciting thing we’ve done. I did however have another Huckleberry treat in the form of ice cream.
Huckleberry ice cream
Bike clinic for the church kids
John Day, OR -> Dayville, OR
Since our ride into Dayville was such a short one, Kristen and I decided to attend the church that hosted us. It was great to actually be at a church on Sunday! The best part was the some of the church members rode with us to our next stop. It was great to get a chance to ride with them and hopefully they enjoyed it as much as we did. We left right after church which ended around noon which meant the heat was brutal. Still, as always, we got there. We even got to swim at a swimming hole about few miles out of town.
Something important to mention is that we finished our grant application review process. We officially have picked the recipients and the amount they will receive. Definitely a good feeling donating to affordable housing group.
The church members who rode with us!
Dayville, OR -> Fossil, OR
The ride into Fossil was hot, very hot. The host was unique because it was a home stay. Some of the members of the church was gracious enough to have us stay at their homes. It was also the first time we were separated for the night, but we did get beds!
Cathedral Rock Pillar
Fossil, OR -> Maupin, OR
The thing to note about the day’s ride into Maupin is that I saw Mt. Hood for the first time since I lived in Oregon. It was a great feeling to see something so familiar. We were greeted at the host with the most delicious root beer float! I’m not sure if there is anything better on a hot day.
Oregon is so pretty
Such a pretty ride
The bag for my turkey sandwich, thanks Sarah
Maupin, OR -> Portland, OR
We’re in Portland!!!! Well…we’re in Gresham which is just out of the city. Still its crazy that we’re here. We all psyched ourselves for a tough day of climbing past Mt. Hood, but it wasn’t too hard. I think that just shows us how far we’ve come all the way from the Appalachians.
Our last major downhill