To the South
Eventually we dropped down into the little town of Dee, just South of Hood River. Dee is home to a giant apple orchard with an incredible views of Mt. Hood to the South and Mt. Adams (I think) to the North.
To the North
We moseyed North from Dee to Hood River, the temperature rising with every foot of elevation lost. Mid afternoon at this point, we stopped to wander around and find a bit of real food. I was getting tired of granola bars and redbull so a decent sandwich from a cafe really hit the spot.
We saddled up, crossed the metal grate toll bridge into Washington and headed up onto the ridge on the North side of the river to be treated to an excellent view of the Hood River valley and about 100 kite surfers in the river below.
A few miles later we came to a small intersection - it was decision time.
Take the road into the mountains knowing it was getting late, or head for the main highway.