Dayville to Mitchell- Scenery, Predator Skulls and More Yodeling - Undaunted Porridge - CycleBlaze

August 1, 2018

Dayville to Mitchell- Scenery, Predator Skulls and More Yodeling

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After a pretty warm night in the church we got up at the crack and left at 0545 to start the long 27 mile, 2900 foot climb to Keyes Creek Summit and then on to Mitchell. The past several days in Oregon have been very lumpy, with Sumpter,Dixon, Tipton and now Keyes passes to climb.  And when you climb a  pass, you usually get to descend. So,  in keeping with my apparent trend of yodeling videos, enjoy this Insane Yodeling Descent video:

Oregon has been my home state for almost 20 years and I've seen a lot of it,  but it's amazing to see it slowly by bike. 

It was cool this morning and was expected to remain at least until noon, which we felt was plenty of time for us to get to Mitchell before it got hot. I hate getting up early in the mornings but we almost always finish before noon. 

A Double.
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This flat butte makes me think of Sgt. Carter. Or Ed Harris.
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Picture Gorge
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The lack of traffic and excellent light made for great riding through Picture Gorge
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The ride through Picture Gorge was stunning and almost traffic-free, mostly because of the ungodly early hour. 

A predator carcass. I thought coyote, but someone else thinks it's a wolf. It could be a wolverine, humanzee or pteradactyl.
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Bill ShaneyfeltComparing it to images on google search, looks like wolf...
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Bruce LellmanI just hope you put this in your pannier for me. If not, could you go back to get it, for me?
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Ron SuchanekTo Bill ShaneyfeltThanks Bill. I thought it was too big for a coyote.
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Ron SuchanekTo Bruce LellmanBruce, A few mileas after I passed it, I seriously began regretting the fact that I didn't pick it up. Yesterday I looked at the image location and it's 63 miles from here I am now. If it was closer I would ask our friends here to drive me back. Aarggh!
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Dee Forteyou must find a humanzee skull!
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Ron SuchanekTo Dee ForteI'm looking....
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We arrived in Mitchell at about 11:45 and went in to the hostel, where we were immediately greeted by Lish. She gave is a quick tour and, because we were early our room wasn't ready. So we made lunch in the back yard (peanut butter and bagels) and talked to Pat, one of the owners and then we checked in. It wasn't long after we arrived that we decided to stay a second night. We also met Shad, a touring cyclist from Phoenix. He was doing a route of his own design, starting in Boise, and had another couple of weeks before he was wrapping it up and returning to his teaching job. 

The three of us had a great dinner and beer at the brewpub in town, Tiger Town, and then hung out at the hostel later that evening. 

Jen is writing a post on our time at the hostel which I'll publish in a day or two. 

The Spoke'n Hostel
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Today's ride: 38 miles (61 km)
Total: 1,991 miles (3,204 km)

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Bruce LellmanGreat descending video to music!
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Ron SuchanekTo Bruce LellmanThanks!!
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