Day 1 – Portland to The Dalles

Finally the first “true” PAC tour day starts. At last we as a group are under way – only 3476 miles to go to Tybee Island.

The day dawned warm and clear.

Breakfast today was taken in the lobby of the motel and then we brought our bikes down from our rooms (yes – bikes are kept in our rooms overnight – as much for security as anything). In total we have a team of 22 people doing the full coast to coast plus 2 who are only riding half way. This should make for a good trip as most people seem to be gelling well already. The nationality split is 1 from the UK (me), 2 from Australia ( Jonathan and Melissa both veterans of previous PAC Tours), 1 from Canada (Elenore Turner – a PBP veteran), the rest are from various parts of the USA (Oregon, New York, California, North Carolina, Conneticutt, Washington, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Colorado and New Hampshire.

After breakfast we partook of the next part of a morning ritual which will become familiar over the next few weeks. Luggage to be brought down from rooms and loaded onto the motel trailer ( the one with the white van), fill water bottles with Gatorade and then depart at leisure (not en-mass) This ensures that their are no large groups riding down to the road together as this could cause concern with local traffic and the police.

Todays ride from Portland to The Dalles was 103 miles. A middling distance for PAC Tour but a good amount of climbing (8300 feet) for a first day would allow us to get used to the rhythm of things. We basically followed Interstate 84 (I-84)pretty much all the way. We climbed up out of Portland and then turned off to head towards Mt Hood – a magnificent landmark in this area at over 11000ft. Our route climbed up and up as we folloed the route which circumnavigated the mountain, past all of the ski resorts.

Getting ready for departure on Day 1

Getting ready for departure on Day 1

All ready for the start of Day 1

All ready for the start of Day 1

Looking back down the climb up towards Mt. Hood

Looking back down the climb up towards Mt. Hood

Near the top of the climb to Mt. Hood (L-R, Greg, Me, Ann, Dan and Brian)

Near the top of the climb to Mt. Hood (L-R, Greg, Me, Ann, Dan and Brian)

Our lunchtime stop was in a ski car park with a magnificent back drop of Mt .Hood.

A view of Mt. Hood from near to the lunch stop - awesome!!

A view of Mt. Hood from near to the lunch stop - awesome!!

After lunch we carried on up the highway until we reached the watershed at around 5300ft. Once over, we had a long decent downwards which was like dropping onto another planet. Gone were the lush forests of the sea ward side to be replaced with far more arid brushland.

We decended all the way to The Dalles which was back on the edge of the Columbia River basin. A great days riding with stunning scenery.

Details for the day:-

Distance: 103 miles

Climbing: 8300ft

Temp: 95F

Punctures: Nil

Wildlife sightings: Raccoon, Deer, Snake (all road kill), Ground squirrel – alive!

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