Day Two – Mitchell, OR to Dayville, OR

STATS
Day: 2
Day Mileage: 38.1
Total Miles: 118

Day two began after a 10.5 hour nights rest at the Spoke’n Hostel. I woke up just before 7am and I knew I was going to make it a lazy morning. I spoke to Pat, who ran the shop, last night and he was sure that I’d be able to make it to John Day today which would have put me at 70 miles for the day. I had options but both began with a late start. I made coffee, showered and chatted with my bunk mate, a man named Tom, originally from Kentucky, traveling on foot for the past 12 years finding jobs where he could.

Before leaving, I rearranged my gear, adjusting the weight distribution and found my butt butter. I was in a hurry to leave the first day that I didn’t bother to find it only to have paid the price after 80 miles. I made sure to find it this morning. I also made sure to fill up my two Nalgene bottles and my 24 oz water bottle before leaving too. And with my situation handled and water filled, I was off for the day at 10am.

I didn’t quite know how my legs would be initially but I knew I had a climb immediately out of the gate. That climbed lasted all of 6.5 miles of uphill and an hour And ten minutes before I had reached the summit of my second pass at 4,369 ft. After that hour, it took me a little more than twice as long to reach Dayville, another 33 miles, nearly all downhill.

Once arriving in Dayville close to 1pm, I had a decision to make: either continue on to Mt. Vernon or remain in Dayville for the day and cut today’s ride short. I met a guy named James on day 10 of his TransAm trip who was finished for the day and staying at the near by Presbyterian Church where they’ve opened the doors To cyclists for full use of their church, laundry, kitchen, showers and WiFi. Needless to say, I stayed in Dayville.

We had a chat over Budweisers in the nearby park and finished it off with dinner at the Dayville Cafe where James was treated to his first burger off the trip. Were planning on making pancakes in the morning before heading out to our destination tomorrow in Austin Junction, 60 miles down the way.

Day Two Bonuses

  • Coffee. Unlimited coffee.
  • ice cold water bottles. All of them.
  • a tail wind that cools you off going uphill because you are going terribly slow
  • a descent that will make you physically shiver because of your sweat drying
  • energy chews and raw ramen blocks that you eat as candy bars on a ride because you haven’t quite figured out how to fuel properly
  • My first rider to run into

Day One – Tumalo State Park to Mitchell, OR

STATS
Day: 1
Day Mileage: 79.9
Total Miles: 79.9

So I’m an emotional person now it seems. It began at my rehearsal dinner where I lost it. Happened again my wedding night. Happened most recently at a nursing graduation party. And for good reason it happened this morning as Megan left our campsite to drive back to Portland before flying back to OKC. It was a very tearful goodbye. And then I had a whole bike ride ahead of

It started out a pretty straight forward day. I was shooting for Ochoco Lake County Campground, just 11 miles past Prineville, where I would reach as Megan was pulling into Portland.

I sat down to have lunch and could barely eat. My nerves and emotions were getting the best of me. I ate what I could manage. I attempted to eat all of it knowing I’d need those calories, but just couldn’t. I decided then that’s there is just no way that I could arrive at a campground with 9 hours of daylight with me, myself and I and maybe no way to speak to anyone which depended on cell service. I made the call then to push ahead to Mitchell, an additional 47 miles. It was going to be significantly more than I had originally intended. Probably not the best idea to go HAM on my first day, but I needed some semblance of home, even if that just meant cell service.

I’m currently in Mitchell, Oregon at the Spoke’n Hostel, a church turned bicycle tourism advocate with bunk beds, a kitchen and a short walk to town where I had dinner at Tiger Town Brewery. I’ve been able to FaceTime Megan, text my family and message friends. I needed it. It’s only day one, but I remember the mental part of a trip like this is significantly harder than the physical. I hope to be less of a mess going forward, but it still may take some time.

Day One Bonuses

  • The support to go on a bicycle ride
  • A great vacation that included a weeklong bender of pizza, beer and everything else that I leaned on heavily today to get me to my destination
  • Climbing an hour and forty-five minutes for that decent
  • Trail angels right where I needed them
  • My first pass at 4,720 ft
  • The Digital Age
  • Encouragement from a group on motorcyclists at rest stop
  • Showers

Pre-ride Vacay

STATS
Day: T-minus 1 day to send off
Day Mileage: 0
Total Miles: 0

With the bicycle loaded into a cardboard box, checked into Southwest Airlines, Megan and I were off to Portland, Oregon. The flight was a bit bumpy into Las Vegas where we had about an hour before PDX. The Vegas airport, which we think each time we’re there, is.something.else.

Once we arrived into rainy Portland, I discovered that the bicycle box was inspected by the TSA. I can’t imagine they cared for placing it as it was with as much care as I had originally. Our backpacking pack had some new holes as well which was unsettling. We made our way to the Lyft line ordering an XL fully expecting being able to load the box into their larger vehicle. After two drivers declining to put down seats, we had no choice but to take a taxi for the 2 mile ride to Kennedy Elementary School, where we were staying for the night. We stopped here for drinks each time, but never had the opportunity to stay in this school that has been converted into a hotel/brewery/restaurant/theatre/pool. It was terrific.

We were off to Bend, OR the following day. Bend is ~120 miles away but three hours because of the route through Mt. Hood National Forest. We were able to find a camping spot at Tumalo State Park which was just 4 miles outside of Bend.

Once we were all settled, we were off to bed without any trouble. We were able to make breakfast at camp before we headed it to see Crater Lake National Park. It was unreal and very worth the drive down.

We had one more item on our agenda and that was to go see Lake Street Dive and the Avett Brothers which is what set this whole vacation and trip off. The concert was really great though LSD didn’t play You’re Still The One, but still they were great and the Avett Brothers put on a great show also.

Wednesday was the day to relax. We did nothing. It was exactly what we each wanted and so…we did that.

Ready. Set. Nerves.

STATS
Day: T-minus 4 days to Oregon, T-minus 9 days to send off
Day Mileage: 0
Total Miles: 0

In August 2014, I set off from Vancouver, BC on my first multi-day bikepacking trip. I had never done anything like it. I wanted to quit after day 3. I’m glad I didn’t. I finished in San Francisco later that month after 1,247 miles along the Pacific Coast.

Pacific Coast Route | 2014

It’s time for another.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma in July after 14 months in their accelerated program. The next step is to take the NCLEX and become a REGISTERED Nurse. I will not be able to test until early September at the earliest due to timing with graduation, receiving our Ticket To Test, and scheduling to take the actual exam.

Pinning ceremony.

So in the meantime, I will be leaving Bend, OR on August 15th and will need to be in Denver, CO by September 19.

Rough estimate of the route I’ll be taking.

With this trip, I’ve had to plan with a little more attention to detail. Looking back to 2014, I have no idea how I did that ride. Seriously. I feel as if I was unprepared about everything. I have the same feeling this time, but at least I have a little more knowledge about bikepacking. Still nervous. In addition to the actual ride, I feel as if I’m leaving more at home this time. More responsibility. More worry. More love.

Megan and I are flying to Portland on Saturday, August 10 where we will be staying at the McMenamin’s Kennedy School, an old elementary school that’s been turned into a hotel. We’ve stopped here each time we’ve been to Portland to hang out and have a drink, but this time we’re actually staying in it! Their auditorium was turned into a theatre, they have a brewery onsite and the playground is now a courtyard. It’s really terrific. We will then be driving to Bend, Oregon for a Lakestreet Dive and Avett Brothers concert while staying at Tumalo State Park. We love camping as we spent our honeymoon camping down the Oregon coast, but this time, we are checking out central oregon on the east side of the Cascades. Very exciting! Megan will drive back to PDX on Thursday, August 15 where I will take off from Bend on my first day….. nerves, anxiety, emotion….

Now for the details.

Detailed Route with mileage, camping, etc. Continuously updating.

My complete packing list:

All The Gear
Packed Away
Fully Loaded

Bike/Equipment/Tools

  • 54cm Bianchi San Remo
  • Tubes (2)
  • Patch kit
  • Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HV Mini Pump
  • The Topeak Bar Extender
  • NiteRider MiNewt Mini 350 USB Rechargable Headlight
  • Spokes (2)
  • Master Link
  • Multi Tool
  • Chain Wip
  • Surly Front Rack
  • Rear Rack
  • Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cage
  • Bike Bag
  • Bike Post Bag
  • Bike Lock?
  • Zip Ties
  • Extra Screws
  • Electrical Tape
  • Chain Lube
  • Spoke Wrench
  • Pedal Wrench
  • Map Pocket
  • Ortlieb Front Panniers
  • Ortlieb Rear Panniers
  • Camera Bag (Used for easy reach pack on front rack)

Camping

  • MSR Hubba 1-person tent
  • Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad
  • Sea to Summit Pillow
  • MSR Footprint
  • Teton Trailhead +20
  • Tent Stakes

Clothes

  • Dri-Fit Shirst (2)
  • Longsleeve Dri-Fit (1)
  • Quarter-zip Pullover (1)
  • Convertible Pant (1)
  • Under Armour Tights (1)
  • Cycling Shorts (2)
  • Undies (2)
  • Board Shorts (1)
  • Patagonia Nano Puff (1)
  • Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket (1)
  • Light Gloves (1)
  • Heavy Gloves (1)
  • Neck Buff (1)
  • Beanie (1)
  • Arm Sleeves (1)
  • Smart Wool Ankle Socks (1)
  • SmartWool Mid Socks (2)
  • Westbrook Jersey (1)
  • Tevas
  • Bicycles Shoes

Kitchen

  • MSR PocketRocket 2 Stove
  • MSR Strike Igniter
  • Snow Peak Titanium Trek 900 Cook Set
  • GSI Outdoors Spice Rocket
  • Sea to Summit Alpha Flatware Set
  • Lighter
  • Hario Mini Mill Slim Hand Coffee Grinder
  • Onyx Coffee Camp Mug
  • Snow Peak Coffee Drip
  • Plastic Spork
  • GSI Outdoors Nesting Bowl & Mug
  • Coffee Filters
  • Canister Fuel

Electronics

  • iPod Classic
  • GoPro
  • Cell Phone (Google Pixel 2)
  • Garmin Fenix 2 GPS watch
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad Charger
  • iPod Charger
  • Cell Phone Charger (2 adapters)
  • Mini USB Charger
  • Garmin Charger
  • GoPro Charger
  • USB hub (2)
  • Petzl Actik Core Headlamp
  • Power Bank
  • SPOT Tracker
  • JOBY tripod

First Aid

  • IBUprofen
  • Bandaids
  • Antibacterial Ointment
  • Blister Bandaids
  • Body Glide
  • Tylenol
  • Cold Patches

Toiletries

  • Shampoo
  • Body Wash
  • Face Wash
  • Floss
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Gold Bond
  • Cleansing Cloths
  • Eye Drops
  • Fingernail Clippers
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Chapstick

Misc.

  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses Mirror
  • Knife
  • Bear Spray
  • Dry Bag (1)
  • Life Straw
  • Nalgene
  • Water Bottle
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Bungee Cords (6)
  • Nylon Rope
  • Butt Butter
  • Krazy Glue
  • ACA Maps (2-6)
  • NCLEX Drug Guide
  • ClifShot Bloks (6)
  • Bug Spray
  • Nuun (3)
  • Pen/Paper