Dayville, OR to Mitchell, OR
Today 38.7 miles
“Patience and persistence have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish” John Quincy Adams
If patience is a virtue, then climbing hills by bicycle is virtuous. Today’s ride included a 2,400 foot climb to Keyes Creek Summit and resulted in our calling it a day after only 38.7 miles and before an even greater climb which we all agreed to leave until tomorrow morning. When riding along flat terrain, my partners and I talk and sing while traveling wheel to wheel in single file. But when hills are encountered, speed drops, separation increases by hundreds of yards and silence prevails. It’s a solitary struggle moving uphill with a full load. I’ve learned that my balance only stays with me to 4 mph so I have to keep up a constant cadence. At that speed, the miles uphill crawl by and, more than physical endurance, a sustained climb requires patience. There is virtue in the climb!