Monday 26 July
You didnt get a letter yesterday from
on account of we arrived there late after a big day in the saddle. Bend, Oregon,
I was in the dogbox for getting us lost in a town called
trying to dodge the I-5 interstate freeway with the GPS doing its best to put me on it
the worst part about it being the 2 bikes in our group with pillions doing stop-starts around city streets
while trying to stay on the track of a headless chicken leader.
I finally gave in to the GPS getting on to I-5 but heading in the wrong direction
and I woke up I was in exactly the same predicament as last year
but this time was able to get off the freeway quicker without the u-turn I pulled last year.
Neither GPS option of fastest time, or shortest route, is convenient at times
and this situation does indicate a rare case of deficient road signage
and was given the same off-beam pointers
its a waste of time asking an American for directions.
Eureka up the coast in the fog but lifting a little for the run through Redwood National park to then the duck inland to Crescent City, Grants Pass and Crater Lake.
Went past the turn-off to
, and was told by a gas station attendant it was something to see Oregon Caves
Interesting to hear the comments of the others, discovering what we did last year
how civilised the road traffic is
and how our great scenic asset is but a postage stamp compared to whats here.
Fast run on straight roads down to
where I scuttled away to the McMennamins pub to throw down a handle or two.
The group were a bit shocked by the heat that day, but at 85F I had to tell them, like the scenery
it gets better........
Bend to Astoria through where some fellow-riders wanted to go to the Harley dealer. Salem
|From the Willamette ferry|
Out through Sisters with the 3 mountains on our left in clear blue skies at 7000' asl
and an ice-cream and right on the button at the Harley shop Detroit Lake
which was closed......
after weekend trading many businesses take monday off.
Reliant on the GPS we headed for McMinnville on the fastest route setting which took us to a ferry crossing the
to the Evergreen Aviation and
for a couple hour visit. Space Museum
Highlight exhibit is the Howard Hughes "Spruce Goose", a monolithic seaplane that was designed to carry troops to Europe during the war, but only did one test flight at 70' off the water.
The wingspan is greater than a football field is long, and a man can stand inside the wing
the avionics are noted for the leverage of effort from joystick to aileron control.
Then down through some more shady forest winding road to Tillamook
where we dodged the aviation museum there, opting for the farmer co-op cheese factory
another example of local industry turned massive tourist attraction
glassed walkways above the production line, cafe, souvenir shop, and a huge icecream bar.
Light fading so quick rip up the coast and within 20km of
, we spot a 2 block retail outlet complex open 9am-9pm, Astoria
, down to Wayfarer Inn to check if the 14oz steak still lives Astoria
we've been in pine scented fresh air and blue skies nearly all day, (except for the last 30 odd km up the coast in cold fog)
like last year you have to think there's little wrong with US CO2 sequestration and emission ledger.