Day 28: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Stop to Stop: Baker City to Prairie City
Underway: 7:00 am Off Bike: 3:45 pm Ride Time: 6:34 hrs Stayed At: Campsite
Miles Traveled: 70.9 Total Miles: 1,987.5 Weather: Sunny, warm, calm.
First Things First: First time being interviewed by a reporter on the side of the road; First time sharing 2 quarts of ice cream.
Mile to Mile: Another day, another change in plans. We had planned to do two passes – Sumpter and Tipton, eat at Austin Junction and camp nearby. Well, the restaurant was was closed On Tuesday and Wednesday. We were hungry, hot, tired and thirsty. Our only choice was to keep going over a third pass – Dixie Pass – and drop down into Prairie City. Thankfully, they weren’t closed too.
On the way down one of the passes, a women on a bike going the opposite direction asked us about our trip. She was from Oregon Public Radio. She wanted to interview us about biking through Oregon. The state has tried to be bike friendly with dedicated bike ways etc. Dragon did most of the talking (thankfully) but I might be on a podcast someday in the future. Odd experience in the middle of no where on the side of a mountain.
We finished the day with a less than stellar campground, a decent shower, a great Mexican Dinner and shared two quarts of Huckleberry Swirl ice cream. Just a normal day on the TranAmerica Trail.