Day #17 Dayville, OR to Baker City, OR
Jul 17, 2013
Aug 14, 2013
! Little to my knowledge there is a statewide Shiner's convention in Baker City this weekend and I got the last room at the Bestwestern! Thanks to God because I was in no shape to go any further.
Thoughts while pedaling today: Why do they call it riding a bike? You ride a horse. You ride a motorcycle. The only time I ride a bike is downhill, the rest of the time I pedal.
Thought #2: My cycling hero Jens Voigt, 41 years old and still showing the kidz whats-what in professional cycling has his motto stenciled to the top tube of his bike: "Mund halten Beine!", "Shut up Legs! I think I should should have this stenciled to my top tube: "Mund halten Arsch!", "Shut up Ass!".
Distance: 113 miles
Ride Time: 9:30 Real Time: 11:30
Vertical Feet: 5500 ft.
There is no amount of chocolate milk that will fix what I did to myself today! Maybe it was the convenience store cheeseburger (under the heat lamp....Ummm) I ate at Prairie City. Maybe it was that last climb that I knew I would have to do tomorrow morning if I camped at Austin Junction. Maybe it was the fact it was raining when I finally got to my planned camping spot. Just maybe it was the "double rainbow" and all of that white water flowing down the Powder river towards Baker City that kept me going. What ever it was I'm going to try and not do that again! What am I rambling on about? I had a "Monster Day" yesterday. I travelled further on a bike than I ever had in the past 113 miles. I climbed 3 mountain passes, and passed a goal of mine on this trip traveling over 1000 miles nonstop as of today. I passed through some very beautiful areas of eastern Oregon today, I think? It's all a bit of a blur hazed over with pain. Don't let me mislead you though, that last 10 miles heading to Baker City and the hope of a hotel room, sucked