We've found the heat now, there's no escaping it. The freezing rain of the Cascades is nothing but a distant memory. From Paulina we climbed long sweaty miles up through the Malheur National Forest to a high camp at Starr Campground. Initially we had hoped for a delicious stop in Izee, but were disappointed to learn that there was nothing there except an abandoned school house. Our hopes of a general store stocked with cold soda vanquished, we made due with a scrap of shade beneath a juniper tree on the side of the road.
In camp we made the acquaintance of a a very interesting gentleman. Jim Jenson is a 91 year old, retired anesthesiologist. He pulled into the campground late in the evening, and we all got to chatting. He related his story about starting out in medicine in 40's as a GP, then moving to anesthesiology in the 60's. We he started, they were still using ether! Now he's traveling around in his one of a kind RV, moving between California, Montana, and Idaho. Sounds like he's been through many adventures, and still manages to be a hit with the ladies! I think all of us dream to be as healthy and active as he is at 91.
Today's ride was fast downhill 16 miles to the residence of Dr. Holland in John Day. We're thrilled to be here, take showers, and enjoy the hospitality of the Holland family. Tomorrow we present to the John Day Lions Club. See you there!