Oct 5, 2008

8000 feet of climbing

A five day bike trip around the crater lake and diamond lake area, carrying everything we ever needed and then some more things we didn't need. Blissfull. There is not much that I love more than bike touring. Coming back from a broken navicular bone in my foot, this kind of riding was a real treat. We climbed from about 1000 feet of elevation to over 8000 feet of elevation, where there was still snow on the ground, and a warm lodge to stay in. I didn't miss the tent on the night we had a warm bed and a nice shower. Playing scrabble in front of the lodge fireplace wasn't half bad either. How many cups of free organic coffee did I drink the next morning? The Umqua National Forest, Umpqua river, and of course Crater Lake itself, were stunningly beautiful... or as Katy said "sick"... over and over, ever mile, sick, sick, sick.