In North Powder, Oregon we ate some greasy food. This was one stop on a long list of awesome places on our first easy day. After three straight 100+ mile days, it seemed like a good idea to chill out a little bit and ride something like 50 instead. This let us hang out at Hot Lakes, diners, historical towns and the like.
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Oregon has four condiments!

Oregon has four condiments!

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In Baker City, just about everything seemed awesome. Including Bev from Bella’s, who we regrettably do not have a picture of. Just keep in mind that her wine store sponsors the annual Elk Horn Classic stage race in Baker City so that the female racers get equitable prizes to the men. Bev, you seriously rule, and if you check out this blog, we want to tell you something: “You seriously rule”.

Bev recommended motels and food for us. It was sub-freezing that night, so not camping didn’t feel like copping out. She also pointed us to Barley Browns, who’s home brews and ample meat selections had us at near-food-coma status by the time we were ready for dessert. Our server recommended the giant chocolate cake. We acquiesced, easily. Andy then suggested she prepare it however she saw fit. So she brings out this heaping mound of chocolate awesomeness, smothered with whipped cream, a shovelful of vanilla ice cream, and a whole patch-ful of strawberries.

nom nom nom. We'd already had steak, wings, and ribs...

nom nom nom. We'd already had steak, wings, and ribs...

Moments later, it was gone.

We had to skip karaoke at the shady bar on the wrong side of the tracks, because we were too stuffed to even get our legs over our bikes

We had to skip karaoke at the shady bar on the wrong side of the tracks, because we were too stuffed to even get our legs over our bikes