I was discouraged that my saddle sore had not gotten any better. So much of my focus had to be on relieving the pain instead of thinking about the scenery or my performance on the bike. I felt like I wanted to ride faster, but couldn't because I kept having to stand and coast to provide some momentary relief.
hill. Now you can get a sense of how scenic this climb was.
Here are a couple more views during the descent:
PAC Tours waited until we reached our destination, after 98 miles of riding, so serve our lunch. I was VERY pooped during the final 20 miles since I could not manage to eat enough cookies and bananas at the three rest stops during the day. Once I reached the motel, I was so tired I just lay down in my cycling clothes for an hour or so before I could even muster any energy to go eat the lunch they were serving.
Our lodge tonight is famous for its elk sightings in the big lawn behind. On three separate occasions, I saw two does and one buck. But I never had my camera. They were so majestic!
We have an early day tomorrow since we will ride 127 miles south through and over peak in the Cascades, cross the Columbia River, and stay in Hood River tomorrow night.