We woke up to a nice cool morning, broke camp and set out on the road again. We immediately started climbing. Several peaks later we reached a new high of over 4700ft. We were again in alpine region, and the weather was perfect.
Shortly thereafter we dropped back down into the desert heat where we again faced temperatures close to 115F. Out turned into another brutal, grueling day. Fortunately the scenery was still incredible.
We made good time majority of the day, but eventually heat took its toll. I slowly started to fade. I reached my limit, and having suffered severe heat illness before, I opted to back it down and not risk it. We were out of cell phone range, and would have been hours getting help.
Around dinner time we stored for food and discussed things. We decided on a closer goal than originally intended. Our chosen camp site was out of my reach. We decided to hit a hotel instead.
Decision made we set out again, but now Jr was struggling too. It became quickly apparent we made the right call. Added bonus was AC, showers, real bed, and beer.
Stayed at the Historic Prairie Hotel in Prairie City, OR. Amber, the person on duty, and Donna, the hotel owner made us feel totally at home. It was a beautiful hotel, and I highly recommend it.