Today’s journey took me through some very cool wagon trails from almost 200 years ago. More than 500,000 emigrants took this trail in their wagons and on foot between 1851 and the 1870s. It was really cool to ride a bit on it and imagine my ancestors (some of whom did cross our country in covered wagons). The heat was staggering.. about 98 with very little wind.
It was also definitely another wild weather day with two big thunderstorms along my route. I descended through the one behind me in (picture 2) onto Route 31 leading through some really remote areas. I didn't see another car for several hours as I headed northwest on route 31, but I did see a slew of motorcycles! You owe it to yourself to ride this road if you get the chance.
Fuel stops were hard to come by on this stretch of road but the Chewaucan Garage was just what I needed. Pronounce it just like it looks and you'll get the name....and guess what the guys working there did instead of smoking. Small town America is still very much alive and well!
Then, it was into the wind again. My goal was to get beyond the butte you see behind me (picture 4) and up into the mountains beyond. I stopped ultimately in Redmond, Oregon and immediately went for a cold shower and an ice cream bar to take away the 96 degree heat. I'll be tracking 97 north again in the morning.
The journey is not long from here! Check back in tomorrow to see where the roads take me.