Posted on September 18th, 2006 at 10:18 am.
Today’s route: 49 miles, 1,300 ft. elevation gain
Today we packed up for the last time and faced a stiff headwind for a short but sweet ride back into Umatilla.
The route rolled through wheat farm country dotted with old barns and back through the Walla Walla onion crops I remembered from our first day.
At the rest stop in a tiny town called Helix (population 183), I noticed this wheat farmer talking with one of the riders. This interaction between spandex-clad cycling city-slickers and tough, old-fashioned farmers is a great part of the Cycle Oregon spirit.