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Old 07-20-10, 10:44 PM   #1
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So I went, I slept, and I hurt

So I did my first over nite trip on my bike. I rode from my place to Bagby Hot springs in Mt. Hood National forest. Which is 65 miles with a only one hill, which starts in at mile 25, and ends at mile 65.

First: I did take pics, but still need to crop and stuff, which I never do.

Second:The first day ride was great. The am started with a cloud cover and cooler than expected temps. Not a lot of traffic, and no real big hang ups. I did find a utility road that was open to the public that offered some nice riding, it also detoured a 7% 2 mile climb.

I did not drink as much as I would have liked, I also forgot to eat lunch. It also took much longer than I had thought. I got through it and had a great scenic adventure on my bike. Which is what I was hoping for. The only regret was the place I choose to sleep, a group of youngins shows up with a radio and party all night. So sleep was uneasy, and I was too tried to move. Should have thunk since it is Bagby in the summer on a Friday night.

Whereas, the morning of the second broke with a clear blue sky and a splitting ache in the neck from sleep with my camera bag as a pillow. Was packed, with a full belly and on the road by7:30am. O how my legs where sore. I figured it would be all down hill, and parts where, into a frigging gusty wind that robbed me of the down hill. At one point I was peddling down hill and my computer showed I was going 12 mph. At another point I decided to coast a hill, and it brought me to a dead stop.

I stopped for a snack and than went on. Finally the lack of sleep, wind, and being tried totaled a call to the wife at the bottom of the Mt. for a ride home. Only did 35 of the 65 on the second day. This is my first DNF on any ride and it felt so good I was guilty.

Did see the ciro for the kink in the neck so time to do it all again. I processed the ride and am giving it another shot next month with some changes.

So all in all it was a great and sore weekend

Here are the pictures, well at least the ones that turned out.
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Old 07-20-10, 10:51 PM   #2
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Bravo! Another Clyde joins the ranks of bike tourists!

If I read this account correctly, your one mistake was overdoing it. 65 miles is a big day for your first tour. And what a hill to climb!

Bring a travel pillow next time. It doesn't add that much weight. Or roll up some clothes in a cloth bag.
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Me over due it? Nah that never happens, at least I'll never admit to it.

One of the first thing's I am doing differently is getting a travel pillow. I just never pack that much for clothes, call me dirty but for an over night I just wear the same stuff. I picked Bagby so I could get a soak/bath

I think the big no no was not fitting my seat after getting a new seat stem put on.
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Since I grew up in Portland, then moved to Wood Village, I know exactly your route and I so wish I were there with you~! Depending on the type of bike you ride, you might think of driving up HWY26 to Zigzag, and riding on Lolo Pass RD (used to be gravel only) as it takes you all the way to Hood River around the back-side of MT Hood if you like.

Also, Estacada to Timithoy Lake is great. Or, for a challenge, do Estacada to Timithoy Lake, to Government Camp, and then down the mountain back to Gresham

So many wonderful places to ride out there, and now am stuck forever in Ohio...

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So many wonderful places to ride out there, and now am stuck forever in Ohio...
Yes, of course you are condemned to stay in Ohio even if you don't want to be. Makes perfect sense.
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Of Course it does~!

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Yes, of course you are condemned to stay in Ohio even if you don't want to be. Makes perfect sense.
I plan to stay married to my wife...
My Wife was born and raised within 10 miles of here
My Mother In-Law (legally blind diabetic, 72) was born and raised within 18 miles of here
My Father In-Law is buried 7 miles from here
My Wife's first husband is buried 7 miles from here
We now live with and care for my Mother In-Law
My Mother In-Law is not going anywhere
My Wife is not going anywhere
Therefore *I* am not going anywhere...

Also, the economy in Oregon is horrible right now (has been for some years), and the cost of living is sadly higher there as well - so ya, it does make perfect sense
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You gained some wisdom from this excursion. And it was a mighty effort you started.

Now teach your wife this phrase "HTFU and get yourself home by ursef!"

Just kidding of course! But pictures would be great, Oregon in the summer, good stuff.
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