Portland - Junction City
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
119.4 @ 17.3 = 6:51'10, max: 42.9, trip total: 510.5
54° - 76°, sunny with a nice tailwind for part of the day
pop-tarts, croissanwich, tator tots, chicken select, fries,
m&m mcflurry, cookies, roast beef sandwich, fries
Guest House Inn, $27.25 p/p
Were we fresh coming out of Portland? Or was there another reason
we were doing 16mph uphill? There might have been a tailwind, and
we might have been ready to go- a day off does that I guess. We
climbed 600 - 800 to get out of the city with ease- as if we were
rolling down the river. The temperature was great, the sky was
clearing the morning fog and the promise of a wide open day after
the climb was toying with our expectations. It was a great
start to a great day.
We started right in town from Ian and Kate's house. We cruised through
the city from bike lane to bike lane- Portland has to be one of the
bike-friendliest cities anywhere. And with the amount of bike commuters
we mixed into the fold and where able to gather some insight on how
to get over the bridge to west side of town (downtown). Easy enough.
Really each bridge had more than one walkway.
Anyway, we flowed with
the morning rush and easily got to the other side when the climbing
started. The "west hills" of Portland looked like terrible mountains
on the elevation chart but once we took 'em on there was no stopping
us. They were actually moderate incline so we kept a good pace up
Psst-psst-psst. "Damn IT!" For some of us
the start was better than for others. A flat at mile 8 or so
slowed us down a bit- but we were able to get that fixed in no time.
The miles surely added up faster than any previous day. It was good
to get some miles under our belt. And we were still figuring out
the total mileage for the day as we went. Not knowing the final
stop in terms of where we would be staying kept us guessing. As well
as not knowing how much we had in us to push forward.
By the time we stopped for breakfast it was about 10:30am but we
had done about 30 miles which also was more than our usually pace.
Looking back a couple days we had something like 18 miles done by
noon. So we were in much better shape to tackle a long day.
video clip: paceline #1 »
stop was lunch - sure it was about 3pm, but after about 70 miles
it didn't really matter what time it was- hunger was setting in for
everyone. And that's when we found out that dinner might still be
about another 40+ miles away. No time to waste- it was already like
4pm when we got back on the road. Of course that was after another
flat. Aaron really wasn't happy with his bike at this point. Two
for one day. And I haven't been counting but he's had maybe 5 on
this trip already. We switched out his tire to see if that would
help. We'll see.
Bill in the drivers seat was so natural- all the experience made
the day that much smoother. The stops and the turns all planned out-
one step ahead of the riders so we could focus just that much more
on the ride. Sure we didn't want to pass up our turns but for the
most part it was taken care of.
I felt strong all throughout - and enjoyed the great
landscape. Rolling to flat - a really quick ride. A good amount
with smooth transitions. It was the first day we could really stretch
our legs and go for a 20 - 25 mile section at a time without having
to look for directions or stop.
video clip: paceline
There really wasn't any monumental stories today- it was smooth.
The ride went fast. And we were cruising into the heart of Oregon.
As the miles added up we grew eager to get to our destination. After
about 120 miles we were finally there, ready to get off our bikes
for sure- but also in good shape. The day went well and it was time
to celebrate a bit. It was a long day though and now it was already
after 7pm. We weren't able to find a campground and the police didn't
want us to spend the night at the city park, which by the way, was
the perfect spot. So motel it was. Not the best option since we were
ready to fit some camping in. But the choices were limited.
video clip: wheel to
There was some motel that had a "basement room with 17 beds used
to make movies". Not sure who was first in the group to veto that
option but everyone seemed to agree in short order. And the "boat
ramp you can camp on" was never found. Probably for the best- some
good sleep is in store for us.
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