Bend to Prineville

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Soma Saga

Stage 1 of the Loop Tour. I camped at Tumalo park the night before so I got 7 extra miles. Hot day and a great ride.

Started out of Bend in a group and headed south a few blocks before getting out on the Alfalfa Market Road. This part of the ride was a repeat for me as I had come this way on my Northwest Passage tour in 2010. On that ride I camped up on the top just past the Prineville Reservoir, but on this ride we continued all the way down the Crooked River to Prineville for our first camp.


Alfalfa Store
The Alfalfa store. Alfalfa, OR is a place. Great stop for something cool as the day was hot. By now the riders were starting to get spread out as people found their own pace.


The Crooked River
Following the Crooked River from the Prineville Reservoir. What a great descent. Fast in places and windy, and very scenic.


First camp
Our first camp was on the grass next to a covered area with restrooms. It was a big change for me to be camping is such close quarters. I'll have to get used to this social touring.


Blueberries and ice cream
We had a big treat the first night with fresh blueberries and ice cream.