We woke up this morning to frost everywhere. It motivated us to get moving and on the road. We got out of camp within an hour and went to the nearby post office to pick up a package. We will be enjoying the goodies for weeks! Thanks, mom!
Then we headed south on highway 97. We had been anxious about the 30-mile stretch of this big road that we could not avoid, but it wasn't so bad. We had a decent shoulder and even a tailwind for some of it!
The miles passed quickly, but we were still relieved to turn onto a smaller road up to Crater Lake National Park. We ate a quick lunch at the junction then headed up the road. We were greeted by a big hill up to Cascade Summit at about 6,000 feet.
It looks steep, but it was really just very straight. At the top we turned onto another road and, tired but excited, we entered the park! The lake is only 7% of the actual park, so it took us awhile to reach it. On the way, we talked with a touring cyclist who had come from Maine and spent the day riding the 33 mile road around the lake, and we passed through the Pumice Desert, which looked exactly as it sounds. Up and up we climbed.