After a quick boogie down at the local “Dollar Store Discoteca y Mas” for a morning warm up we were ready to tackle Emory Pass, 4000 feet (1220 m) above us.
We started the long grind up. We met a group of fellow bike packers, a Dutch couple and an American traveling the opposite direction on the Southern Tier route. We swapped locations to get water, coffee & beer; some of the primary food groups for fully loaded tourists.
Hillsboro offered a welcome distraction and water stop. I had some delicious apple pie, but Sarah was the clear taste bud winner with a delectable slice of rhubarb, strawberry, blackberry and blueberry pie. A picture would not have done it justice.
We crawled along all day at 3 to 6 mph (~5 to 10 kmph) as the air thinned out (we were above the mile mark). At a break we reminisced at our first day out of Houston, that was about the same distance, an elevation gain of maybe a hundred feet (~30m) and remarked at the strength we both acquired.
About two hours before sunset we enjoyed the view from the top and then it was a quick downhill to the Forest Service campground for dinner and a well deserved slumber.