Three days ago, we rode about twenty miles up the Silvies River, to its source near the base of the Aldrich Mountains – at least, as near to its source as you can get from the road. Yesterday, we started from the same spot and biked about twenty miles down the Silvies, south toward Burns.
A lazy river, indeed. Once you drop down from the divide near its headwaters, it pretty much runs flat for the rest of its short life until it arrives at Malheur Lake. The stretch we rode yesterday only dropped 200 feet in twenty miles. Pretty surprising for a mountain stream that runs above 4,500’.
Great, wide open country. Snowy mountains, for a few more weeks anyway. Thousands of cattle, very few folks, a few sandhill cranes. No dogs. You’d like that, Em.