Why on earth would I be looking forward to spending Memorial Day bicycling in Pendleton? Here’s one reason:

Blue Mountains (near Pendleton, OR)

This is a different view of the gorgeous terrain seen while climbing over Pendleton’s best view, Thorn Hollow road. I found this particular spot when visiting a geocache named “A Woman’s View.”

This year’s Century Ride of the Centuries (aka “CRoC”) features the return of the overnight camping stop at the Bar M ranch. The ranch had closed down a few years ago before (apparently) being bought by a church.

And then there's the Oregon Trail...