Posted by: Mark Wollemann: On the move | June 19, 2016

Day 7: A new friend and a long ride

Yoram and Mark at cafe

Yoram and Mark in front of the Sidewalk Cafe in Mitchell, Ore. “Classic burgers” were the order of the day. And a milk shake for me.

Day 7
Destination: Dayville, Ore.
Today’s mileage: 88 miles. Total: 392

This will be short. It was a long day. I met and befriended a guy from Israel, Yoram Ephraim, and we rode together. We crossed two peaks of about 4,500 feet or more. We rode 86-88 miles, depending on the device used. We finally, FINALLY got some great weather. For the first time in a week I applied sunscreen. And we watched Oregon transform from rain forest to high desert. We followed trickling streams and water falls. We saw birds of prey soaring over our path. And we caught the attention of cattle, who would ignore the cars and trucks passing on the road but raise their heads in curiosity — and sometimes alarm — as we passed on our bicycles. It was a magical day. It was an exhausting day. It was a great day to make a new friend. And now, it’ll be a good night to get some sleep.

John Jay River

One shot along the John Jay River during a day of spectacular views.


  1. Now THAT sounds like a good day!

  2. One new friend, one milk shake and one hamburger every day, that part of biking I can do! Sounds like a good one…

  3. Getting to the eastern side of the mountains does wonders for the weather!

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