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Day One in the books: Sisters to La Pine

Posted by on September 9th, 2007 at 4:24 pm

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(All photos by Jonathan Maus)


Our first morning started out with a stinging chill. It didn’t take long though, before folks were shedding their layers and enjoying the warm sun.

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The Three Sisters provided
a gorgeous backdrop.

As we headed south from Sisters (en route to Bend) we skirted around Highway 20 to enjoy nearly car-free backroads. We rode in the shadow of the Three Sisters mountains and rambled by ranches with names like El Rancho Horso Manuro (not kidding) and B-Bar-B.

The route was an ideal first day. Flats and gentle rollers; just right for stretching the muscles and clearing out the cobwebs for the tougher days to come.

I’m enjoying the camaraderie and spirit that infuses Cycle Oregon. It seems like every few minutes of riding I bump into a friend or an old acquaintance.

I chatted with Jeanette Kloos, President of the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway. You might remember my story about her effort to rebuild the Historic Highway. She shared good news about her first-ever Gorge Ride. 379 people participated and she plans to make it an annual event.

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Joe “Slow Joe Recumbo” Keenan
and Marilyn “Tweety” Hayward.

Just before our first rest stop I met Beaverton resident Jim Athey. Jim is a co-owner of Eola Hills Wine Cellars in the Willamette Valley. He told me about his Bike Oregon Wine Country rides that happen each weekend in August.

Heading south, the wide-open ranges and ranches of the Sisters foothills gave way to a growing sense of surburbia just north of Bend. I was amazed at how much new development is happening there.

We lunched just north of Bend’s Old Mill District. It was quite a spectacle to see so many bikes and colorful jerseys buzzing about. The infamous bathroom line was in full force…

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Need to go? Gotta wait.

We made our way onto Highway 97 near Lava Lands State Park and up and over Lava Fields Pass (elev. 4,510). We couldn’t really enjoy the scenery too much though. Not only were we close to high-speed traffic, but there was a man-eating rumble strip that occupied about 25% of the width of the shoulder. I noticed one crash and heard later that a woman hit the strips and bashed into someone else. Why can’t they put those things on the other side of the white line?!

This ride is heaven for bike geeks. I spotted some cool rigs today…

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A 30 year-old Hetchins from England.
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Polka-dot special with a big Free Geek sticker!
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A custom Mike DeSalvo. Check those naked welds.

Tonight we’re camping on the fields of La Pine High School.

I’m hungry and I’ve got some Hot Lips Pizza with my name on it. For more shots of today’s ride, check out the slideshow below…

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Stay tuned; I’ll post as much as I can as long as I can find a good signal. Hope all’s well in Portland!

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  • peder horner September 9, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for the photos Jonathan. Glad to know you\’re having a great time!

    Enjoy it for all of us stuck back home working in Portland!

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  • Mark M September 10, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Please keep an eye for fixies or single speeds! Very curious and near willing to ride mine next year. Thanks!

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  • Tankagnolo Bob September 10, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Don\’t know how you do it, one day meeting with city officials, next day watching a film at a festival, then it is off to Cy Or. This man Jonathan is always \”on\”. Great work is all I can say !!! – Mr Bob

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  • Jeff H September 11, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    A couple friends are on the ride for the second year now. I\’m not inclined to ride that far, but I think this year\’s route is even better than last years. However, why in the world were you riding Hwy 97 south from Bend? Why not use the new trail that runs from Sunriver to Bend or go out Century drive?

    Also, the route map gives incorrect information stating that you were lunching in Sunriver. Would have made more sense than in DT Bend.

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