Great day, long and rolling terrain that suited us just fine as we looked forward to the big climbing day of Crater Lake.
The stretch of the route on Highway 97 was not very nice from a pavement smoothness perspective, but ODOT did do CO a favor by lowering the speed limit to 40 for the day and coming off a 2-mile section for us to use a complete lane. That didn't stop a wicked crash from happening though as someone crashed at a high rate of speed at the end of the downhill section.
At mile 60, we latched on to a guy and his wife (in a paceline) that were jamming along at over 25 mph. I wasn't sure we could hold the wheel at times because of the grade and the passing cars. We went along at that pace for 15 miles and lost them a mile or two from the rest stop. We caught up with the couple and I could not believe that this fellow was probably in his early to mid 60s and he kind of scoffed when we thanked him for his efforts, saying it wasn't much effort. This guy was a monster and I will look forward to future CO years when I can carry that sort of pace. (Turns out he has ridden in Race Across Oregon, look it up.)
The town of Fort Klamath was very happy to help out with our fun. We stayed at ranchers property that had lots of room for the entire CO community. Susan had a piece of peach pie and we shopped at the local markets that were set up for us.
The entertainment for the night was David Wilcox, who is also riding the route. I have heard him on a KINK Live CD and enjoyed his lyrics that I find very clever. He is also preparing an original tune for us each day at Announcements for the participants.
Lots of Pictures coming - no way to get camera shots to the tablet for posting