|Mt. Hood looms over the Sandy River valley|
The next 11 miles were on Lolo Pass Road, ascending to the pass. The first four miles was a moderate grade, and the last seven was a pretty serious grade, about 8%. While the grade was steep, I just got into the low gear and kept going. The road gave me great panoramic views of Mount Hood and the Sandy River valley. Of course, the reason I was getting these great views was because of all the open land needed for the giant high tension power lines overhead. Ah, well.
|Lolo Pass in the distance|
After winding through the national forest for hours I re-entered "the real world", which meant traffic. OR 281 had a good deal of traffic as I entered Hood River. I'm guessing it had something to do with "rush hour". I reached my Warmshowers host around 6 pm. After a big dinner, I relaxed for the rest of the night.
9.7 average speed
5:00 saddle time