16-06-15 Day 80 McKenzie Pass – Mark Trail Bikes

Biking the Trans America

2 Wheels, 6 Months, 1 Adventure

Kirk was up early and so was I.. Bacon and eggs for breakfast, my favorite. And a pound of bacon at that…. It was so nice to meet Kirk… I heard so much about him from She-ra it was nice to put it all together.

She-ra drove me back to Sisters and I was on the road by 8:30 am Awesome!

Roger, a touring bicyclist rode up just as I was riding out of town and warned me of the dangerous condition on McKenzie Pass.. Snow, Wind, and Ice.  I asked if he rode it.. “No”  Humm?????  It was a beautiful day and I was pumped to climb the 2,000 ft to where I hiked over the pass in 2012 while hiking the #pacificcresttrail (PCT). The road is still closed from the winter season so the climb was most enjoyable (No Traffic) .. John, from Portland,  rode up along side and asked to ride along… Sure..  The climb went by quickly and an expansive view appeared at Windy Pass. .. Mt Washington and lots of Cascade Peaks. WOW.. Although there was snow on the ground the weather was perfect!!!! Glad I didn’t listen to Roger, sooth sayer of DOOM…..

We took lots of pictures savoring the moment… John rode back to Sisters and I to McKenzie Bridge. . I stopped at a cafe and heard that Jerry had stayed there last night having been frozen going over the pass the day before… Sad.

I was planning on visiting Mark and Kim, Warm Shower Hosts, in Corvallis, Or on Thursday so I needed to ride some miles. Since I was biking down hill from 5,000 ft to 1,000 ft I cruised.. I stopped a few time to shove in some fuel and soon was in Walterville as it started to Rain.. Sure rain in the North West. Absolutely! !!   Camped at the Walterville Pond parking lot…  as it rained all night…

Thank You She-ra and Kirk for hosting me and  a restful visit. So nice to connect.

Sisters, Or to Walterville, Or

78 miles