Day 62: Bend to La Pine

We had a short 30 mile ride to La Pine today, so we didn’t start our ride until 8 a.m. We appreciated not packing the van in the dark, as well as the extra couple of hours of sleep.

Our ride today was dedicated to Dianna, a woman we met a couple of days ago. She is a breast cancer survivor and is now battling bone cancer. We are hoping her current treatment is her cure.

We stopped around mile 13 to explore Lava River Cave and the Lava Butte Volcano. Believe it or not, many of us voluntarily climbed 500 feet of an 8% grade hill to get to the top of the volcano. It provided a beautiful view of the Cascades once we got up. The caves were formed by lava tubes, and very fun to explore. The caves were so dark that a flashlight was absolutely necessary, and it was so cold down there that we could see our breath. It was a bit shocking to come back up into the super hot sunshine, but we finished up the remaining 17 miles no problem.

We ate our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the stay over and then actually all packed in the van to go back to Bend. We wanted the chance to experience it a little more, and took advantage of the extra time in the afternoon. We then headed back to La Pine for dinner, because our hosts generously provided lasagna, casseroles, and seven pies. Yes, seven. Apple, blackberry, coconut cream pie…they were delicious.

We are all very excited for Crater Lake tomorrow! Send us strong thoughts as we climb up there!

There is a good chance that we will not have service tomorrow. I will update the blog when I can!

DR

Comments (5)
  • Lindsey's Mom says:

    Here are your “strong thoughts”..\/ \/ \/, And strong thoughts are extended to Dianna, and other folks going through treatments, as well as to their caregivers.
    You are all to be commended for going to Lava Butte. It would have been easy to say nah, don’t feel like it, but you grabbed the opportunity to do it. Looking back, you aren’t going to remember the tiredness as much as a missed opportunity.
    Now that you all could probably qualify for Olympic road races, what are you going to do to maintain this great level of fitness/endurance? Just like there are artificial ski hills, you could create an artificial hill here in the midwest to ride every day, say a 500 foot rise with an 8% grade. Since there wouldn’t be a view of the Cascades from the top, you could have it move every so often to change the view from the top (reminds me of the SpongeBob episodes where they drive rocks…). On a more serious note, perhaps maintaining this high fitness level could be in honor of all the folks you have talked to for Portraits. Working physically hard each day will keep their struggles and triumphs current for you.
    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy Crater lake. Many people are living vicariously through you, me included!
    STAY SAFE! Sleep deeeeep, dreamless sleeps,
    JLR

  • Gail Sabatini says:

    Hello all,

    Before your end this glorious, meaningful and once in a lifetime bike ride, I have a quick question/request? Two of my best friends lost family members in the last 1-2 years to different cancers and they both donated to the cause back in May. would it be possible to have a brief dedication to each of them at beginning of day like I witnessed at the picnic back in June. My girlfriends would be so touched. They didnt ask, it was my idea.
    Pleade let me know and I will provide both if their names and a special blurb.
    In interim, enjoy enjoy enjoy Crater Lake and look forward to your remaining adventures. You all are rock and are always in my prayers!!

  • Gail Sabatini says:

    Hello all,

    Before your end this glorious, meaningful and once in a lifetime bike ride, I have a quick question/request? Two of my best friends lost family members in the last 1-2 years to different cancers and they both donated to the cause back in May. would it be possible to have a brief dedication to each of them at beginning of day like I witnessed at the picnic back in June. My girlfriends would be so touched. They didnt ask, it was my idea.
    Pleade let me know and I will provide both if their names and a special blurb.
    In interim, enjoy enjoy enjoy Crater Lake and look forward to your remaining adventures. You all are rock and are always in my prayers!!

  • Gail Sabatini says:

    Before your end this glorious, meaningful and once in a lifetime bike ride, I have a quick question/request? Two of my best friends lost family members in the last 1-2 years to different cancers and they both donated to the cause back in May. would it be possible to have a brief dedication to each of them at beginning of day like I witnessed at the picnic back in June. My girlfriends would be so touched. They didnt ask, it was my idea.
    Pleade let me know and I will provide both if their names and a special blurb.
    In interim, enjoy enjoy enjoy Crater Lake and look forward to your remaining adventures. You all are rock and are always in my prayers!!

  • Lindsey says:

    Ma, I thought of that Spongebob episode too!!!! We had a big rock at our campsite and I kept thinking about it wasn’t a rock, it’s a boulder!” lol. Some of us are afraid of maintaining the same eating habits after I4K and gaining weight because we won’t be biking as much. We are trying to all commit to a race or triathlon to keep ourselves accountable for working out! Can’t wait to see you in one week!! :* :*

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