Day #10 Mt. Shasta to Ashland, OR

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

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Today I wrecked myself! No I didn't get in a wreck what I mean is I turned myself inside out. I'm not sure if it was the bad day I had yesterday on Hwy. 89, or if I was just sick of High Desert California. Either way I managed to get on the road early 7:25, and point my 2 wheels north. That might be a better name for this blog, "Two Wheels heading North". Oh well I'll have to think on that for awhile, back to my day. I thought that maybe I was wrong and California wasn't all that bad for the first hour or so, having left Hwy. 89, and was paralleling the I-5 from a distance. Then I broke out into the high prairie and started to slowly roast alive. I had discussed it with Suzi the night before and decided to go all the way to Ashland, OR, in one shot. Suzi was skeptical as it was over 80 miles much further than I had ridden in a day so far, but I was motivated by "Shorty's tales of better roads in Oregon with shade and lower temps. The day went well even across the high prairie, averaging speeds around 15-17 mph. Unfortunately I had to get on the I-5 for about 8 miles to enter Oregon. Between the unrelenting grade and the noise but at that point someone should have slapped butter on me because I was toast. So I ended up with the hardest part of the day after it soared well over 90. It felt like I was trying to push my way through hot taffy, as I climbed at 4 mph.
On the up side I stopped at a lodge just past the summit and met "Backup" another PCT through hiker. Backup is in his 60s and was just as glad as I was to put California in the rear view mirror (I have one by the way, he did not). He had been hiking in CA for the last 1700 miles! The remainder of the PCT is only 900 miles from the southern Oregon border. We talked for awhile and it turns out he was an old cross country bicycle tourist crossing from Seattle, WA to New York, NY back in 1975. I guess long distances are in his genes. We parted ways as I began to reap the benefits of cycling with a long and well deserved downhill into Ashland.
Back to my "wreck". I got to the Holiday Inn Express (Thank you Jenna!) and preceded to lay on the bed sweaty for the next hour enjoying the AC and trying to decide if I was risking fainting by taking a shower. I opted for a bath, it's safer! You know your tired when the thought of food, or a shower can't motivate you after a hard day on the bike.
Thoughts for the day: Roadside signs are not to be trusted........yesterday south of Mt. Shasta, CA I saw 3 signs over a 2 mile stretch claiming that Mt. Shasta was 12 miles away! My theory is with gas in the engine and your foot on a gas pedal it doesn't matter much how accurate such signs are. Though with a broken cycle computer it matters allot!

Distance: 81 miles
Ride Time: 6:40 Real Time: 8:00
Vertical Feet: 3500 ft.
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