We started in Umatilla (Oregon) but were riding in the Evergreen state Washington all day next to the Columbia River. The first 80 km until lunch at 10am were easy as it was under 25 C and only a weak wind. After the lunch break and a bath in the river we bought fresh cool water, but it did not last long. After 120km at 2pm we felt lucky that there was no headwind despite so man windfarms along the way! But without wind it got unbearable hot: the air temperature was around 40 C but the last two hours climbing slowly uphill our velocomputers displayed temperatures around 45 C. A second bath in the cool river felt like life saving before the last 5 km uphill which were the toughest on the tour so far. Finally, after 135 km at 3 PM we were so happy to find one of our first fruit stands were we were eating fresh, sweet & cold Peaches in the shade!
Umatilla – Biggs Junction