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Saturday, July 24, 2010

July 24: Baker City OR to John Day OR

Alpaca. The sign at right indicates they are for sale, but it's too hard to carry them on the bike.
An old logging town USED to be here, complete with railroad, at the top of this pass. No sign of it now, except for this sign.
Beth celebrates the end of the third (and last) big climb of the day.
The team from BikeAndBuild.org gives a bike clinic for kids at the Church of the Nazarene in John Day, OR.  This is such a nice group we were glad to run into them again.
86 miles

What a difference a day makes! Without the wind, the day was beautiful. There were 3 major climbs (Snall Pass, Tipton Pass and Dixie Pass) but great downhills after them. This is an isolated area and we saw only one store/restaurant/gas station the first 69 miles, until we got to Prairie City.

The alpaca were a plus, and we can add them to the list of unusual animals seen.

In John Day, we once again saw the riders from www.bikeandbuild.org . They were running a bike clinic for the local children and staying in the Church of the Nazarene for the night.

Despite the 93 degree temperature, it was one of those wonderful days that make this a great trip.

I ended the day with a Blizzard at Dairy Queen, just before it closed. Not quite the perfect ending to a perfect day, but close enough.