Sep. 23, Day 72: Over the Cascades

Today was one of the easier days I’ve had on this trip. 

We started out going mostly downhill to Sisters for 20 miles. The scenery was gorgeous.

We stopped in Sisters to buy a few sipplies. I went to the Blazin Saddles bike shop looking for a patch kit but also got a tip about a camping site in Willamette National Forest from one of the bike shop guys.

We ate lunch at Dairy Queen and bought some groceries for the evening.

Our work for the day consisted of climbing up and over the Santiam Pass. At this stage if the trip, it wasn’t a problem and we knocked it out in an hour.

After that, it was mostly downhill the rest of the day. And once you’re over the Cascades it becomes so green everywhere. After weeks and weeks of sage brush, it was sweet relief to be in greenery again.

Twenty-seven miles beyond the pass and we found our campsite for the night and it may be our most scenic campsite of the trip. Thanks to the bike shop guy’s tip, we were right next to the river surrounded by huge trees.

We’re almost done! All told, we rode 67 miles today from Bend almost to Mackenzie Bridge.

Sep. 23, Day 72: Over the Cascades

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