After several days without Chris, he finally caught back up with us after trying to ride the TAT from where he left the group. Needless to say, he was completely exhausted to which we would find out more about later in the day. Our first day in Oregon had us back together as a group of 4. The ride was less scenic than what we had become accustomed to in Colorado and Idaho, although it was still a great ride. It didn’t take long for Chris’s exhaustion to catch up while we were riding. He kept getting slower and slower and wasn’t responding through our headsets. Finally, he pulled over and had to stay behind in order to catch up on sleep on the side of the trail. The 3 of us kept moving to our next destination. We rolled into Prineville, Oregon and stuck up a conversation with a hot air balloon pilot that was flying the next day in a nearby park. She invited us to the event and to assist in setting up the ballon. Richard and I gladly accepted!