where to start… okay, first – yesterday was HARRRDDDD! Last night was warm thanks to Tristin and her family in Le Grande. Thank you! and after yesterday, we decided to take an easy day and just ride 55 miles or so to Baker City, Oregon. AND we took the easier route to get here. AND we stopped at every single town, place, roadside attraction that we saw. Including the hot lake outside Le Grande.. 250 degrees. Crazy!

We went through North Powder and had some lunch (giant sandwiches) at a totally awesome diner. Then we went through Haines, where the Cattle drives used to meet up. Such an amazing tiny little town. Photos coming.. so awesome. THIS is where andy and i decided to mail our post cards and i handed mine off to andy to drop in the box and rather than dropping them in the box, he decided to go in and talk to the post office lady. this is great BECAUSE she told us about Bev at Bella’s Kitchen/cafe shop in Baker city. Bev is also a cyclist and she gave us all sorts of tips, called camp grounds and motels for us and told us her cycling stories. Now, we are in Baker City, a cute little town with a bowling, good beer and high winds. Its supposed to go down to the high teens/low twenties tonight so we opted to get a super cheep motel room at the Bridge Street Inn. I’m gonna jump in the shower (yes!) and then we’re gonna get some beer and meat and maybe do some bowling. Tomorrow we’re headed to either Ontario (70 miles) or to Boise, Idaho (approx 120 miles)… Once in boise, we’re going to stay with two more fantastic warm showers folk for a couple nights.  This will be our first actual rest day where we go to the hot springs and do lots of off-the-bike-relaxing things.  and we’ll celebrate ANDY’S BIRTHDAY!  sweeet.

so, im tired. my legs hurt. but this is amazing so far. so many beautiful things, great people, and new challenges.

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Haines post office and store fronts..

Haines post office and store fronts..

steak shop.. library next door. awesome.

steak shop.. library next door. awesome.

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get yer gold samples..

get yer gold samples..

next to the hot lake...

next to the hot lake...

enjoying the easy day. wind at my back. giant snow covered mountains on either side..

enjoying the easy day. wind at my back. giant snow covered mountains on either side..

bike rack outside Bella's

bike rack outside Bella's