Day 2 – September 9: John Day to Burns
“Highland Fling” (71 miles)
You’re moving up in the world today. After an easy 10-mile warmup, head skyward on a classic alpine ascent, complete with panoramic views. Then drop down into Bear Valley, home of both Seneca and the coldest temperature ever recorded in Oregon (-56° F!). Soon after comes long, narrow and flat Silvies Valley. After a bit more gradual climbing, enjoy a spinnable descent through forest and then rimrock, on through to the highlands of Burns.