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Day 6: 81 miles from John Day, OR → Baker City, OR

It was another day of riding through beautiful mountainous countryside on good roads in perfect weather. I’m not gonna lie, though, it was tough. It started with a 22-mile climb out of John Day and included two more 5-mile climbs along the way. After yesterday’s longest ride and longest climb ever, this was just plain hard, and I sometimes saw as much of the pavement 3 feet in front of me as I did the beautiful scenery. Fortunately, though, my riding companions Scott, Matt, Jim and the rest of this group I’m riding with were upbeat and fun, which carried me through.