Posted by Kelli Greene
Hi All! I received a letter from George yesterday, dated August 20th or 21st and mailed August 22nd. So this post is a few days behind his latest posts. I tease George about his penmanship
...to date...it hasn't changed for the better...
...so I'll do my best!
"Left Bend Monday am. cruised to Redmond with a tailwind onto Prine Ville where I stopped to get some lunch fixings. While in line to check-out I got talkin to a guy with bad knees walking with a cane. He mentioned he wished he could ride a bike and I told him about the guy I'd met on the coast with no legs at all, riding a customized trike and pedaling with his hands and arms. I could tell this guy was thinking about that as we parted company.
On to the Ochoco Resivoir. Found a place to camp with a good view of the lake. I was expecting cold temps at night, but it stayed comfortable. The tent seems to be better than the other one I had, but is more complicated to set up and the door seems too small and hard to get in. And because I don't bend well with the plates and screws in by back. But is a lot lighter and packs smaller.
Got started by 8am. I met a guy named Pat or Pete, can't remember...But he was headed west. He started his ride in York Town PA, and will end in Florance in about 3-4 days. He's been on the road 80 days, I could feel his excitement to be near his goal. He asked and I gave info to him about Florance. He in turn gave me info on the road ahead of me and particularly the area of a wild fire I am headed to in the next few days. He mentioned some smoky areas but no real threat, this could change though.
This evening I caught a weather report. Big storm hitting the coast, lots of rain. The storm is expected to track East, bring rain to the cascades and maybe to Eastern Oregon. That would help the fire efforts but would also get me wet. Sounds like the guy I met today (Pete or Pat) will be making the climb over McKinzie pass in a storm similar to the one I had a year ago.
I climbed Ochoco pass today. 4,270 Ft. The decent was fast and fun. ended up in Mitchell Pop. 200. Went to the city park to have lunch had 1/2 a sandwich left and an orange. There was 2 retired couples from Georgia there pickniking. They rented a car and were seeing the pacific northwest. They gave me some peaches, cheeze and crackers. I took their picture before we parted.
I'm into some back country area now. Phone doesn't work, can't find a computer. In 3 or 4 days I'll be in Baker City, pop. 9,750. Will resupply and get ready to cross Hells Canyon into Idaho!"
Good luck Cat! I'm thinking about you out there living life! Be safe! I'm looking forward to your next post!