16-06-13 Day 78 Ochoco Pass – Mark Trail Bike
Biking the Trans America
2 Wheels, 6 Months, 1 Adventure
It was six miles all downhill to Mitchell.. Whoopee…. I like getting into town early for breakfast.. It was fifty miles and Ochoco with a 1,500 ft climb to Prineville. So I stopped into the grocery store… Oh boy, it was like stepping into a black hole. I asked about a sandwich and I couldn’t get out of the store quick enough…. You wonder about life and why people are so grumpy…
Down the street to the Sidewalk Cafe, Daleen was shining bright.. Well with a little help from the big Smile on my face and a hungry stomach.
Jerry was there biking WEST…. wow the first Trans Am biker to past me. I had no idea there was a west bound race also… So crazy.. I congratulated him and asked a lot of questions. Did you see this? Nope… Did you see that?…. Nope….. I thought I was rushing across our country…..
I charged up, filled up, got a sandwich to go and started pedaling up hill… When I was two miles from the top, a pick up truck passed so slowly. …. It was Ken, from Portland, who I camped with along the Snake River… He stopped and told me all about his adventures with a bear and camped on top of a mountain with a expansive vista. He asked if I needed anything and off he drove..
As I started the descent down, the wind increased up…. kind of a balance.. Then the freshly chip sealed road….. That’s means … Freshly Graveled… When I reached Prineville with 16 mph head winds I called it a day. First Taco Bell, then Crossroads Grill, IGA for ice cream and to the city park for sleep.. All the tent sites were taken so I slept on a cabin’s porch… Nice…
Keys Creek Summit to Prineville, Or