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Crater Lake – Part II

Since we left home at 6:00 AM Friday, we have spent 4 1/2 hours on an airplane and 13 hours in a van.  We’ve cycled just over 80 miles: 42 on Friday around Crater Lake, and 40 today, riding from Banks to McMinnville – all towns are in Oregon.  Tonight – Sunday night is the first time we’ve showered an put on anything besides something to sleep in or something to ride in.  It is a great pause.

A little review of the Crater Lake ride.  CL is in a very remote location.  We did not have cell service for over 24 hours.  But it is one of the wonders of the world and well worth the effort.  The weather at CL can be inclement   – and often is.  Many people visit and can’t see the lake for the rain, fog, or clouds.  Our day was weather perfect.  No clouds, and less wind than normal.

Jeff and Tamara eat breakfast at Beckie's before the ride Saturday

Jeff and Tamara eat breakfast at Beckie’s before the ride Saturday

The altitude was a factor in our day.  We maxed out around 7700 feet at  multiple times around the rim.  Not being aclimated to the altitude made it more difficult for some of us – at least for me.

We had a few  climbs of 3 and 4 miles at an average grade of 6%.  Occasionally we would see 8-10%, but fortuantely those were rare moments.  The steady 5-6% grade for miles was enough challenge.

The corresponding descents were taxing as well.  The road surface was uneven and the traffic required constant attention.  There were times where my hands wanted to cramp from gripping the brakes for such a long time.

We started the day at 6:30, adjusting our bikes at Union Creek Resort and we pulled in to our hotel in Portland at midnight exactly.  A long but good day.

Thanks to Dan Greason for insisting we make the effort to add this day to the tour.




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Tell Tamara her jacket looks familiar. 🙂 SO glad y’all are having a great trip, and I really enjoy your posts and photos-keep them coming! Be Safe! Love Nina

Nina Lovel

September 8, 2014

I will tell her at breakfast. She’s done great. Thanks, Nina.


September 8, 2014