Tuesday 19 June, 2012

Days Four and Five – Bend, Oregon


The weather forecast was for rain, the first of the trip. The slight mist that was falling didn’t worry me, but the ominous clouds to the east did. My friend Kevin lives in Bend and was flying in that morning. I would start out in Eugene and we would meet there around noon. I battened [...]


The weather forecast was for rain, the first of the trip. The slight mist that was falling didn’t worry me, but the ominous clouds to the east did.

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My friend Kevin lives in Bend and was flying in that morning. I would start out in Eugene and we would meet there around noon. I battened down the hatches and set out.

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I needn’t have worried. The small amount of water that did reach me around the fairing didn’t last long in the windblast. Eastbound 126 meanders through several small towns and rural areas, making for a low key ride. After turning into 20 south into bend I stopped to stretch and walked into a large hillside that had recently been burned. It was great to see the forest floor covered with health new growth amongst the older dead trees.

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I rolled into town and helped a good coffee shop, Thump. As if we had planned it, Kevin pulls up on his motorcycle. We had some great coffee and headed to his place on the outskirts of town. It was down a two mile first road and the Yamaha did a great job for such a heavy bike.
Kevin has a very capable 4×4 and he took me to Tumalo State Park off road and then to the falls.

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Returning to town we had a great meal and a beer at Jackson’s Corner.

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For afters we had a nice bourbon at McMenamins, a really cool food, entertainment and drinking compound in an old reconditioned catholic school.
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The next morning we went to Smith Rocks national park, an awe inspiring rock formation west of Bend. We did a loop of the rocks, about a three mile hike.

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When we got back to the property, Kevin let me ride a friend’s dirt bike. It was the first time I had ridden off road and the sensation of have both wheels constantly loosing and regaining traction was unnerving to say the least. On a street bike this feeling usually precedes a crash. Learning to be ok with sliding one or both ends of the bike was really challenging, and I only did it a little bit, but it was really fun and rewarding. Unfortunately, no pics of the ride. Tomorrow,the ride to Seattle and two amazing mountains, Mt. Hood and St. Helen’s.

2 Comments

  • Jack VanHesteren says:

    So enjoyed our phone visit yesterday, Scott. Does look like some beautiful, mountainous country. Hope your visit with Kevin was great, and that you will be blessed with pleasant travel weather. As you know, I’m green with envy, having wanted to travel all those areas for decades. Looks like I’ll have to do it via your eyes. You are in our prayers daily, and we certainly wish you lots of awesome sights and warm, memorable experiences. Please contact us, if you have any questions about anyone in our family. Between Marilyn & I, Gaylene, Bruce & Joyce–I feel certain that we should be able to answer all of them. Love, Jack (& Marilyn, of course).

  • Scott Nelson says:

    Say hi to Kevin for me, wish I was there. I sat on my ass in meetings all day yesterday and again today. Good you got some hiking in too! Hey, what’s with Krakatoa in the 1st pic? I was looking for dragons.
    BTW it’s an R6 day. Nice to look at the parkIng lot and say, “I think I’ll wear blue today”. I’m hoping to make an Alice’s run for lunch Thursday with a colleague from Germany- putting him on my ST1100.


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