biketrip – day 6 – Odell Lake, OR to Crater Lake, OR

Total Kilometres: 328 (204 Miles)
High/Low Temp: 6 Celcius and as high as 31 Celcius (holy, from winter conditions to just the light underarmour gear under my riding gear)
Total Riding Time: 8:30am PST – 4:00pm PST

i’d planned to ride to crater lake and on into california today. instead i spent most of the morning at crater lake, what an amazing place. it’s about 60 miles from the lodge we stayed at to crater lake. what’s really cool about the highways in oregon is they take pumice stone from the volcanic activity in the state and use the red stones to line the sides of the highways.

Breakfast at the Big Mountain Cafe in Chemult, OR - French Toast and Orange Juice for $8.00, Yummy!

Breakfast at the Big Mountain Cafe in Chemult, OR – French Toast and Orange Juice for $8.00, Yummy!

i was totally unprepared for the scale of crater lake. after travelling from odell lake on highway 58, we joined highway 97 for a brief time then on to highway 138 and crater lake. the lake is a circuit, roughly 20 miles to complete a circuit around the whole lake. from the already high altitude we rode up the west side of the loop, gaining another couple thousand feet of altitude to over 6000 ft. the temperature also dropped to only 7 celcius with a biting 40 km/hr wind. very cool for riding, but the surroundings are truly amazing.

Bjorn hamming it up at the sign entering the park – this is the farthest south either have been on our bikes.

Bjorn hamming it up at the sign entering the park – this is the farthest south either have been on our bikes.

the crater that is left behind from the collapse of mt. matazama (the original volcanic mountain) is still 7200ft tall. the original height of the mountain was another mile above the current water level. the water is blue, such a deep blue showing the immense depth of the lake at over 1500 ft. this is much like mt. st. helens, the scale of this place is so immense it really showcases the ultimate and limitless powers of nature to create change. one can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed at understanding how this event actually created the lake over 6800 years ago. very impressive, well worth a stop and the $5 entry fee if you can make the trip.

Crater Lake, OR - Wish I had my tripod, this lake is so large that you'd have to stitch together several photos to show it's true size.

Crater Lake, OR – Wish I had my tripod, this lake is so large that you’d have to stitch together several photos to show it’s true size.

A stitched together panorama of Crater Lake

A stitched together panorama of Crater Lake

we spent several hours gazing and taking photos of the area, at which point we shook hands and went our separate directions – bjorn off to the lodge and eventually working his way back to vancouver, bc, i will continue south and stop for the night in grants pass, or.

Crater Lake from nearly 100 miles away, shows the scale of this mammoth crater, imagine it's original size nearly a mile higher - it's a big daddy!

Crater Lake from nearly 100 miles away, shows the scale of this mammoth crater, imagine it’s original size nearly a mile higher – it’s a big daddy!

i left crater lake and headed down highway 62 a wide open slowly winding road that leads through mile after mile of hundreds of feet high redwoods.

Almost 60 miles of redwood forest from Crater Lake to Prospect, OR

Almost 60 miles of redwood forest from Crater Lake to Prospect, OR

i quick stop in shady grove, or for a pop and gas. a man came up to me at the gas station and asked if “i’d really riden ‘that’ all the way from canada?” and said, “well, if you have you are a great man and i’d like to shake your hand,” which we promptly did. he said he ‘loves’ canada, it’s the most beautiful place he’s ever been. quite interesting. i guess we really do act as embassadors for our country while we’re away. we chatted for a few more minutes and i was on my way to grants pass. i was just going to stop for a rest but after 6 days of all day riding i’m wiped out. i’m crashing for the night here, then tomorrow continuing across the border into california and the pacific coast highway.