|Two human sisters in front of two mountain sisters; McKenzie Pass|
Abby and I climbed up to McKenzie Pass in the Cascades just out of Sisters. This was a beautiful climb with lots of forests, wildflowers and then surprising lava fields that reminded me of the island of Hawaii.
Abby and I then descended and then Beth and I finished up the day. So I did 94, Abby did 37 and Beth did 57. Beth and I had a lot of traffic on SR 126 and not a lot of shoulder, but enjoyed the beautiful, lush McKenzie River valley.
I continue to have problems with these Panaracer Tserve Protex for Messenger tires. Three flats today: one glass, one a small nail, and one a pinch flat from running over a large pointed piece of gravel. The pinch flat may have been more likely because the mini-pump we have with us on the road won't get fully up to 110 pounds of pressure. I might add that Beth has had no flats all trip and I'd only had one until I switched to these tires. I think the three flats today put me at more than one per day average for these tires. I will never buy another Panaracer tire. These are "messenger" tires, and have kevlar belt(s) that should result in few flats.