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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Day 84: Sisters, OR to Eugene, OR (100 miles, 4201 total)


Century ahoy! We blasted miles today, 100 miles in six and a half hours with a mountain pass. Not too shabby. Anyway, Rebus will have the pleasure of writing the journal tonight. Ha, free labor! --Jeff

We got up early today because we knew it would be a long day, I think the alarm went off at 5AM but I am not sure because I usually go back to sleep after telling Jeff what I would like him to make me for breakfast. This morning was poptart surprise. The roads were nice and empty this morning and the temps were cool. We started climbing right out of Sisters. The 2-lane road wound through pine forests, and we climbed and climbed and climbed. The rises were actually not bad and the scenery was pretty. The best part was the light traffic; I think we were passed by 5 cars during the entire 15 mile climb. When we got to the top, the trees opened up and we were surrounded by huge lava fields. With the wide open views we could see multiple snow capped volcanic peaks running up and down the Cascade Range. The views were amazing, and we climbed up to the mini castle for more information about the geography and geology of the area. After some pictures, we began the last descent of the!
trip. From the top of the pass it is basicly all down hill to the beach. The descent was curvy and fast and the west side of the mountains are much more lush than the east side. It reminded Jeff of the Moon of Endore. I think I saw some Ewok roadkill, but it may have been a racoon. We met up with the McKenzie River and Highway 126. After a great lunch at an idyllic garden cafe we headed out. The road was in fact down hill but with a headwind the speeds were not as fast as we would have liked. The other problem was that the traffic was super heavy and at times quite stressful. After about an hour of post-lunch riding, we had the much awaited reunion with AK's mom and dad, Joe and Jean Alice, and Jeff's mom, Charyl. They brought us some cold drinks and we agreed to meet up again further down the road. We pressed on through the heat, wind, and traffic and followed the river down towards Eugene. We made a couple of short stops for snacks and Jeff picked some plump berries fro!
m the roadside, but we really wanted to get to the hotel and hang with
the padres. Once into town the traffic got worse and so did the potholes, but in the end we all made it in safe and sound. After much needed showers, we headed to a great dinner at a nearby BBQ restaurant. We are looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow and a mellow day on the road. So to recap, 100 miles today!

reeb

4 Comments:

At August 06, 2005 9:06 AM, Anonymous said...

100 miles and ewok siting.... Very coolio. -Jen Yen

 
At August 06, 2005 2:09 PM, Anonymous said...

word on the street says- you may be planning a Forrest Gump. Earl

 
At August 06, 2005 2:10 PM, Anonymous said...

I can't believe ya'll are almost done!!! I have loved reading the journal...it's almost as good as OLN's coverage of the Tour De France...only no Pictures!!
Keep Cranking...love, chams

 
At August 06, 2005 8:35 PM, Anonymous said...

good job, you guys. almost there!

-norm

 

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