Day 5 – Prineville to John Day, Oregon

116 miles, 5417 ft climbed

Today is the second longest ride on the tour. We started early, loading luggage at 6:30 am. The first climb was a moderate grade of 1 to 2 percent, with 3 to 4 percent for the last mile. The second climb began gradually as well, but finished in the 5 to 7 percent range. Both downhills were fast, with light traffic. After the second descent, the road was ever so slightly up into John Day. Everyone made it in, though one rider did have 3 flats.

The Route trace
The Ochoco Reservoir, not very far to the east of Prineville
Looking up the road to the Ochoco Pass summit
Looking back at the climb to Keys Cr Summit
Yours truly from near the top of the Keys Cr Summit
At the summit
Last look back at Fossil Beds National Monument
A meadow along the way