Friday, November 21, 2008

Madras - Spray Permanent

Cathedral RockCathedral Rock, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (24-Jun-2008)

This is a super sized 223k permanent that connects Madras and Spray. It is pretty far out there, even by Oregon standards. Route sheets are provided for each direction, starting from Madras or starting from Spray.

Madras to OR-19 on US-26(108 miles)
The first 30 miles between Madras and Prineville have the heaviest traffic. The traffic thins out east of Prineville. This is a beautiful section of road on the Ochoco Highway. The small village of Mitchell is 48 miles east of Prineville and 62 miles west of Spray. You have to take an easy detour off of US-26 to access the truck stop or cafes in Mitchell.

US-26 & OR-19 jct to Spray (31 miles)
This is a beautiful section with hills and rock outcrops following the John Day River as it meanders it's way north making for awesome scenery you won't see very often. You will pass through The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center has water and restrooms. There is a large landing strip 20 miles south of Spray, a strange place for a long strip of asphalt.

RUSA Permanent #579: Approved

Ride History:

Starting Location: The starting locations are any business in Spray or the River Bend Motel. Spray is very small and there are very few businesses. In Madras the starting location is the Budget Inn, downtown Madras. You can get a receipt or ATM receipt to document the start in Madras.  
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Route Profiles:

Spray-Madras Elevation gain 6,317 feet
Spray-Madras Profile
Madras-Spray Elevation gain 5,875 feetMardras-Spray Profile

Route Sheets: There are spread sheets or html sheets for each direction. Use the spreadsheet tabs to select the desired route.

Bikely Map: is here

Route Map
Spray-Madras [Madras-Spray] 2 in 1 Map
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