Aroundegon Day Nine: Catching Up in Bend

This bike rack in downtown Bend doubled as a Piper-sized pull up bar.

When I originally started planning this trip back in February, I figured I could make the whole, Aroundegon loop in about ten days straight of riding. After I looked at the elevation profiles I stretched that out to twelve, and then I added a couple rest days, and then a couple more. Now the whole thing will be about twenty days long. I'm not in any hurry to have the trip over with, so why rush?

It's funny to think that I hadn't originally planned to spend a full day in Bend, because it turns out that that was exactly what I needed. Not only was I exhausted from climbing the McKenzie Pass yesterday and in need of some rest, it also felt really good to catch up with my old friends, Mike and Liz, and their daughter Piper.

Tomorrow I'll continue east to the Ochoco National Forest, the first day in a five day journey to Pendleton.

This post is part of a series on my bicycle tour around Oregon. You can find my other posts here.