Richard and I woke up early and started the day helping setup and inflate the hot air ballon named “Obsession”. The owner and pilot, Ingrid, educated us on all aspects of what it takes to setup and operate a hot air balloon. It was really a special experience from an incredible pilot and her family. Even with the hot air balloon experience, we were able to get on the trail fairly early. The ride for most of the morning was wide and fast. As the day progressed the road surface began to change from white sand, to red clay, to black sand and back again. One of the sections of white sand was easily one of the most enjoyable sections of the entire trail. It was full of whoops and small jumps with lots of twists and turns that were fast and sweeping. We had an absolute blast riding through this section! We ended up in Crescent, Oregon at the Mohawk Restaurant. This place is a sight to behold. It is full of incredibly odd items that someone collected over what would seem to be a great length of time… the pictures speak for themselves. Since we were so close to the 4th of July, all of the hotels were booked up. We had to ride another 25 miles into another town just to find a place to stay.
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