Day 4 – Madras to Prineville, Oregon

47 miles, 1535 feet climbed.

Today was a recovery, take it easy, day sandwiched between yesterday’s 5k+ feet of climbing and tomorrow’s 116 miles with, oh, by the way, more climbing. As I explained yesterday, this day used to be longer. To keep it interesting and keep us off of highway 26–the direct route between the two towns–staff rerouted us to the west of 26 on a southward trajectory and then eventually east into Prineville.The traffic was generally light but we did have our share of gravel trucks to deal with near the end on a stretch where the shoulders were narrowest. Those drivers were polite for the most part.

The possibility of thunderstorms at the beginning and end led me to pack my point and shoot camera again. Here are today’s shots–

Day 4’s route. Before this year, we would have gone straight down Highway 26. This new route is longer but with less traffic and more scenery.
Southwest of Madras, looking southwest
Alpacas, recently clipped
Looking west up the Crooked Creek gorge
And to the east
At RAP, Karen was talking about a mountain along the route that is a favorite of climbers from the Bend area.. This may be that mountain.
The view down the road from where the above photo was taken