Day 8 - 6/11/17 - Mitchell, OR to John Day, OR - 70 Miles
Average Speed - I'll need to check that
Hammock - I'm going to stop tracking this
Lodging - Grant County Fairgrounds - $15/2
Today started with a steady 6 mile climb up Keyes Creek Pass. The temps were in the mid 40s but I was sweating profusely up the climb. I hated to stop and rest because I would immediately start to freeze.
Once at the summit, I stopped for a quick pic and then pointed my bike downhill...and what a downhill it was...I'm talking 32 miles of downhill...did you get that...32 MILES!!! This jewel of a downhill followed Mountain Creek as it meandered through what I will call a canyon with towering mountains, cliffs and rock walls that were beyond my grasp of the human language to describe...
After lunch we followed the John Day river through a valley that was surrounded by rolling hills, dotted with small pine trees. It was a slight uphill grade with a tail wind. It was a pleasant ride. 20 miles down the road I stopped, dug out the spork and ate the pie.
Raspberry, Rhubarb pie vs a Cliff Bar...we aren't really going to debate that are we???