Day 7. We are about to complete our first week and what a way to do it, biking around Crater Lake. We started the day in the high 40s and there was some major shrinkage going on as it was cold! It didn't take long to warm up though as we immediately started to climb and that would be the order of the day. What happened to 70 miles of flat rides in 5 hours like I planned. Oh that's right I can't plan.
There was a big debate last night as to whether we ride around the lake or just peak over the western edge and keep riding. We finally decided to "man up" and do the rim knowing that it will be 33 miles of pain but 3 hours of breathtaking views.
For the first 2 hours we were not disappointed. Crater Lake is an absolutely magnificent natural wonder. Majestic peaks and the bluest water you've ever seen. But the last hour during the last climb I must admit I didn't care about the majestic peaks and blue water and simply wanted the leftover pizza in the motor home fridge (does that make me a bad person?)
Scenic Picture Time (you can thank me now for not including the 20 I took)
Here is a view looking north away from the lake up the cascades.
Nope, it's not a post card. As hard as it is to believe, I took this picture. Actually, when you have natural beauty like this even people like me can take amazing pictures.
As you can see from the elevation chart, we had about 13 miles where I didn't need to pedal and we came out in a very cool valley north of Kalamath Lake.