Day 3) Mitchell to Dayville


Had a huge breakfast at Little Pine Cafe and then embarked on the 6 mile steep climb. It was a killer and seemed like it was never going to end. But we finally made it after several stops and the rest of the day was mostly downhill, along winding roads with steep rocky canyons around us. Whilst stopping for a rest we were caught up by 2 Dutch guys, Ivo and Robin, who were cycling the Trans America route. We did a small detour (2 miles each way) to the John Day Fossil Bed Centre about 8 miles outside of John Day. The scenery around here was spectacular and the Centre was worth the short detour. We found out that this area used to be populated with rhinos, elephants and tigers to name but a few and the fossil exhibits were fascinating.

We arrived in Dayville and set about finding the Presbyterian Church. We had read online that the church welcomed cyclists and that we could spend the night there and use their facilities, including a hot shower, laundry and kitchen. Dayville is a quaint little town with a population of about 140. There is a 100 year old general store, a post office, a restaurant and the church is at the far end of town up a short hill on the right. Ivo and Robin had arrived before us and the four of us spent a very comfortable night in the church hall.

Total climb:

2403 feet

Passes climbed:

Keyes Creek Pass – 4357 feet

Animal Alert:

2 snakes by the side of the road

Summed up:

A scenic ride with great accommodation at the Church

Elevation Profile

Total Distance:

42.033 mi

Total Time Cycling:

5h 18m 53s

  1. What a blast to read your blog!!
    Well done Ryan and Carli. Wonderful to hear that you reached Baker City and are taking a rest.
    Looking forward to the next episode immensely!!

    Anty Di says...
    June 23rd, 2008 at 1:50 pm
  2. Loving your new blog, guys! It is really easy to use and navigate, gives loads of options and interesting facts – great! I wish I was so computer friendly! That wide and big blue sky …… (sigh). Love the wording, Carly, and Ryan, the photos are so interesting – gives us a real taste of your adventure.
    Happy riding still, take good care, be in touch and we love you loads,
    Mum/Vicki xoxoxoxo

    Mum Musiello says...
    June 24th, 2008 at 1:12 pm
  3. Hi Ryan & Carly,
    We are following your progress and wish you a pleasant journey as your bodies adjust to the paces you’re putting them through. Travel safely, be happy and love one another first and foremost. Call if you need anything @ 970-247-1313. Keep us posted. Much love from us.

    John & Pam says...
    June 24th, 2008 at 7:21 pm
  4. Scenery looks great . Seems like some heavy going at times though!!!

    Keep enjoying it and looking forward to further updates.

    Love Les And Osc.

    Oscar says...
    June 25th, 2008 at 2:01 pm
  5. Enjoying riding the trail with you except I don’t have to do all that darn summit pedalling! Well done both of you, glad you are enjoying time spent along the way too. Alan sounds like a lovely friend on life’s way that has brought you all together! Can almost smell the meadows and feel the heat of the sun. Carry on travelling safely, enjoying your experiences and each other and look forward to the next updates. Leg doing well thank you! Am also loving your diet from the other day, fries, chocolate sundaes and cookies – mmmmm – and no guilt as your are pedalling it all off! No all you can eat buffets then Carly?!! xoxoxoxoxox

    Mum Musiello says...
    July 1st, 2008 at 9:38 am
  6. You crazy kids!!!! Mental – you’re gonna come home with legs & bums of steel!! Keep enjoying the trip – can’t you hitchhike up those passes?! Have fun xoxo

    Toni Musiello says...
    July 3rd, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Not Sure when you will pick up you messages but hopefully you’re having a rest day on your birthday .

    Your trip sounds like hard work. Very impressed with both of your efforts. Scenery looks great. I would have loved doing your trip a few years ago ( quite a few actually !)

    It’s obviously very hot at times. I’m sure your both sensible enough to be taking enough fluid on board but just remember the golden rule – when you stop sweating you are in trouble and need to re-hydrate quickly.!!!

    Hope you have a great birthday.

    We went to see Auntie Bernie today and she wishes you a happy birthday. When we told her you were cycling 2,000 miles she had a job to take it in .

    Lots of love

    Les & Oscar.

    Oscar says...
    July 5th, 2008 at 10:52 am
  8. Enjoying your blog enormously, Guys! Know we have spoken to you since last blog was posted and we were glad to hear, Carly, that you were enjoying an alternative birthday!! Loving the words and photos and makes us feel quite nostalgic for the road trip to similar places we did a year last October – except it was easier for us, we were in the jeep!! (There’s a small part of me that wishes the four of you had not been brought up to be so adventurous – I would probably sleep better at night – (!) but life is always about maximising the safety risk whilst tilting at windmills). Keep on enjoying tilting at yours, look out for each other and stay safe.
    Until next time, love you both,
    Mum Musiello

    Mum Musiello says...
    July 8th, 2008 at 3:32 pm
  9. yeah yeah yeah, your journey looks so great i really wish i was older so i could come!!! yeah yeah yeah
    from matt

    matt truslove says...
    July 19th, 2008 at 2:41 am
  10. The scenery looks awesome and you have been doing SO well! Sure that Sue and I have suffered minor heart attacks looking at you cycling on some of those (very) narrow road shoulders, but it is quite obvious that Guardian Angels are accompanying you. The lady with the water – did you check to see if she had wings? And Tom the Truck Man!! Loved the ‘Animal’ sign instructing: ‘Do not approach wolves or their young’! – Er, ok then, won’t do!! Hope your birthday after speaking with you was a fun one, Ryan, sounded like it. Speak to you soon, happy adventures still and keep safe. Much love MM xoxoxox

    Mum Musiello says...
    July 26th, 2008 at 5:32 am
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