The eastern Oregon citizens take their land rights seriously and I was warned by a ODOT work not to try and bushwhack off the Hwy. or I'd likely get into trouble.
Luckily in Mitchell I met Daniel from Germany he was traveling west on the TransAm route and had almost completed his transcontinental journey. He advised me to push on to Dayville and stay at the Presbyterian Church there. The church has been providing shelter and amenities to traveling cyclist since the inception of the TransAm route in 1976. Great digs, with showers, kitchen, washer/dryer, and even internet. At the Church I met Ariel and Bethany from Maryland they too are west bound cyclist almost finished with there journey. They had started on May 17th.
Thoughts while riding: If I'm already soaked in sweat when I put on my rain gear what am I protecting myself from? More water?
Distance: 78 miles
Ride Time: 6:00 Real Time: 7:30
Vertical Feet: 3900
Todays ride was quite a surprise. Having had regrets about leaving the SCR yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised as I climbed the 16 mile Ochoco Divide, to 4,600 ft. The weather stayed cool with cloud cover and the surroundings became quite lush and beautiful. All in all I'm glad I have left the SCR to explore other landscapes. I had a squirrelly tailwind that sometimes in canyons become a headwind, but mostly it helped rather than hindered. I was chased by a thunderstorm all day with loud cracks of thunder at my rear through much of the day. I got sprinkled on only twice and It took me so much time to get decked out in rain gear that the rain was over 3 min. later. If this were "Deadliest Catch" and I had to get in my emergency water gear I'd be dead!