Day #6 Quincy to 13 miles from Mt. Lassen NP Gate

Trip Start Jul 17, 2013
Trip End Aug 14, 2013

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Monday, July 22, 2013

It's amazing what can be accomplished when the temperature is only in the mid 90's! I finally had a day that was as long as I had planned back ages ago before I had begun my tour. It was still hot but not unbearably so. It helped that my 3400 ft. of climbing began at 3000 ft. and only got as high as 5000 ft. where I crossed the PCT about 8 mile east of my present camping site. There is defiantly a difference when your climbing starts to go over 6000 ft. above sea level. Which brings me to tomorrow, I get to tackle Mt. Lassen pass 8,500+ ft.. I have done this portion of my ride before, but that was back when I thought it was hard on my 14.5 lbs. Cervelo road bike. Tomorrow I get to wrangle Betty and gear up the mountain. I believe that Mt. Lassen is the highest point on my journey, but that still remains to be seen, as I'm not really sure where my wandering will end. I have some time yet, as the decision to turn east and head toward Glacier NP or continue north towards Mt. Rainer NP and Seattle comes at the little town of Sisters Oregon (just north of Bend). As I said I have time, I'll not be to Sisters for at least another 8-9 days (The Lord willing). That's all in the nebulous future, something I'm learning not to look to closely at during this expedition. All in all it was a good day of riding I saw a doe and her two fawns, many ground squirrels, and some very bold chipmunks. Beautiful scenery, and wonderful giant Jack Pines, and Cedars. I also got to eat some of God's bounty as I spotted some ripe blackberries at the road side early this morning.
I finally saw some other Cycling Tourists! The first fellow was heading south as I was traversing the Indian Valley. We waved but as I was going fast down hill we didn't stop and swap stories and intel. Then as I was wandering around Greenville looking for some shade to eat my left over pizza I ran into Paula and Dave. They are traveling south from Crater Lake and plan to end their trip in San Diego. We swapped stories, took pictures, and made appreciative comments about each others bikes and gear. Then we moved on, travelers sharing a moment only to continue on with our own travels. It was kind of bitter sweet, but they were heading south and I north, never to meet again.
Thoughts while riding. When your hungry eat, when your thirsty drink, and when your tired rest, but in between those times just keep pedaling, just keep pedaling, pedaling, pedaling. Thanks Dory!

Distance: 61 miles
Ride Time: 5:20 Real Time: 7:30
Altitude (Vertical feet gained): 3400 ft.
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