Day 5 - Prineville to John Day OR
Mileage: 116 miles
Weather: Upper 50s to start. Low 80s to end. Not cloud in the sky. Winds were mostly in our face but too too terribly strong.
Highlights of the day:
We rolled at dawn on what would be a long day. 116 miles with two substantial climbs, all add up to what should be a relatively long day. It was crystal clear and cool when we started. The only complaint was the wind. Not a big complaint, more of a low murmur heard amongst the riders. This route was another one with only two turns. Left out of one motel, and left (or right depending on which one you were staying in…) into another. We started early with all the riders on the road by 7:15. A 15-mile warm up brought the riders to climb #1 of the day – a long 20-mile, but gradual, climb that took us up to Ochoco Pass at 4720’. We fueled up at our first SAG stop and then enjoyed the well earned the 7-mile downhill. A non-technical descent with good road conditions – WAHOO!!
A few more miles into Mitchell and then we tackled the second major climb of the day up to Keyes Summit at 4369’. This climb was a shorter (6 miles) but a bit steeper. The work was well rewarded with a 25-mile descent towards John Day. At the bottom, we entered Picture Canyon, a scenic winding stretch along the John Day River . About 8 miles later we had our final SAG stop and a few staged pictures at the Dayville Mercantile. 30 more miles brought us into John Day for dinner, rap and sleep. I don’t think sleep will be an issue tonight, which is good with more riding and climbing tomorrow. Good night!