I actually was trying to minimize my stops, and I even skipped the rest stop at Mile 42, because I was trying to meet Jeff at Lake Cultus at 10:00. The evening before, Jeff said he wanted to do a ride out to the Byway we would be on, and we chose 10 am to meet and ride together for about 9 miles. I was running behind, so I hurried to get there and ended up just 6 minutes late (but he was 15 minutes early, so he did have to sit there a while and told some of our group who passed by that he was waiting for me).
Once at Hwy 97, I did not like the bike ride very much. We had a strong, hot, dry headwind, and the road surface was the rough chip-seal. My saddle sore had worsened. During the entire 19 miles on Hwy 97, I looked forward to when we would turn west onto a different road for our final 23 miles. I remember feeling the same way on Day 3 when we also rode south on Hwy 97 in Washington along the Columbia River, and that day also had a hot, dry, strong headwind. I don't do well in headwinds due to my upright, non-aerodynamic position on the bike. Seems like everyone who had been behind me passed me during this section.
Once we turned due west on Hwy 138, on this Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, I had a resurgence! The road was smooth, no headwind, and we had a rest stop after just three miles. My final 23 miles saw me speeding up and passing several riders up the hills after they had all passed me back on Hwy 97.
It was a relief to finally reach our destination at Diamond Lake, hazed over from the wild fires farther to the west.