2008 Gourmet bicycle tour, Day 5

Looking down in valley with stream and giant rock

Thursday June 26, Tumalo loop

Elevation profile for day 5
58 miles, 1952 feet of climb (200 ft/division)

Map for day 5

Looking over meadow with mountain in distance framed by trees We re-hung a set of still-damp cycling clothes in a sunny spot as soon as we got up and they were dry enough to wear by the time we got dressed for the ride. Breakfast was Claudine's special oatmeal again this morning which is good fortification for a day on the road.

The route today was through pleasant countryside with awesome views of the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Field full of alpacas with some looking over the fence We stopped and ate part of our lunch in front of the Crescent Moon Alpaca Ranch on Lower Bridge Way. I've never seen so many alpacas in one place. One of the other riders reported that they saw a newborn taking its first steps.

Sue riding on gravel road Tetherow Road has about three miles of gravel. We stopped and ate the rest of our lunch by a bridge over a stream. Sue had trouble riding the newly-laid gravel on the second half so we ended up walking much of it.

By the time we got to Cline Falls we had already eaten so we skipped the park and headed right back down Cline Falls Highway. We stopped for a bit in the village of Tumalo and bought sodas and fruit smoothies. It turned out that the town was too small to have a laundromat, so it was good we didn't try to find one yesterday.

Bob on the guitar, Dave on the fiddle That evening we had one of our traditional concerts with Dave Allen on the violin and Bob on the guitar. While there is considerable overlap in their repertoire, Bob likes folk and traditional American tunes while Dave seems to prefer Celtic music. I recorded a short video (.avi) sample. For examples of the two of them playing together, refer to last year's tour.

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