Steep grades, gravel, and nearly 80 miles were staring riders down from the map of Day 6 of Cycle Oregon. Once they left camp in Powers and headed to Riddle they found a different story: beautiful views, smooth riding, and a generally pleasant day. When I asked riders how they thought they’d do on the night before Day 6, most thought they’d never make it and would need a ride all the way up and down the 3,750-foot climb. But at the end of the day everyone who rode agreed that it had been a fantastic day.
The route went along an official bike route and although the roads were narrow without a shoulder, there was almost no motor vehicle traffic. The thin line of pavement cut along cliffs and gave everyone a great view of valleys and waterfalls.
There’s only one day of Cycle Oregon left, taking the riders back to Sutherlin. It’s an easy ride along roads with wide shoulders that should cap off an already perfect week.