At this juncture in time, it just seems to be a horse race, if the cardiac event doesn't get you, the meds will. I guess thats why the third leading cause of death in this country is " seeing a doctor ", the house really stacked the deck on that one, only an accident drives me into that den of snake oil salesman, if you have cancer or heart issues, you just upped the ante by a third, by walking into the appointment room.I've been trying to get back in condition for some bikepacking/fishing. Hard to find anyone like-minded who would put up with an old (66 in Sept) slow rider like me, though. Thought I was getting back into better endurance cycling by last Dec, but then my cardiologist upped the dosages on a couple of my meds and lowered my blood pressure too much. In early Jan, I fainted inside my own house, fell over and broke my neck. I didn't ride for over 5 months. Neck brace has been off for 6 weeks now, and I'm doing PT, and have been been riding my fat bike on the beach, and getting back into shape.
There's a couple of cutthroat spots off of logging roads near here that are gated, but ok to walk, cycle, or ride a horse in. I plan on riding into one for a day trip within the next month.
Your pics of the Deschutes makes it look like the trail along the river isn't too steep. That's to my liking. I still want to avoid any steep climbs on my bike. I need to get my bikepacking camping setup squared away, too. My sleeping bag is too bulky, and my backpacking tent weighs over 5lbs.
I have some vague ideas of biking into logging roads on the OP, too.
Right now I'm in the kayak fishing mode, and gearing up for paddling local rivers for salmon, as well as my local tidal creeks for searun cutts.
JW you might have read this article: http://www.bikepacking.com/plan/guide-bike-fishing/ thinking of getting a Mukluk are you familiar with them or have any thoughts?LOL! Sometimes, in my darker moments, I think that the medicos just want to keep my carcass generating a continuous revenue stream for them.
I went for a fast bike ride this evening on my 29+, on trails. About 5 miles or so in 40 minutes. Like I said, I'm slow, but my bikes are now geared low, and with Shimano Alfine 8-speeds. That bike's rolling on Vittoria "Bombolonis"...which is Italian for "jelly-filled donuts." I figure that once I ditch the tubes and put sealant in 'em, they'll live up to their name.