Day 6 – September 12: Madras to Tygh Valley
“Echoes of the Past” (85 miles) – Map
Today provides perspectives on time and history. Pedal past lush fields of today’s crops back-dropped by Cascade peaks, pass the eons-old agate beds of Richardson’s Ranch, and enjoy the sublime road into Antelope, near the infamous temporary community of Rajneeshpuram. Next up is Shaniko, a ghost town whose heyday was around 1900, followed by Bakeoven Road, one of Oregon’s loneliest spots. Drop into the ancient Deschutes River Canyon at Maupin and then follow the river for miles before climbing up and out to Tygh Valley.