24 September 2010

Central Oregon

This part of the country certainly is interesting, geologically speaking especially.  There are so many fossil beds, and cliffs, and lava rocks, etc, and pedaling through it has been such a cool experience.  This post will cover several days of travel, going through some of the small towns of Central Oregon...

A shoe tree...  out in the middle of nowhere.  What is this about???
Another flat.  Hmmph!

Ken fixes my flats for me.  So chivalrous!  
This was so weird!  There's no SS bldg here, just a sign.

I thought I smelled smoke.
One big worm!

This kitty came into our tent while we were sleeping, and spent the entire night cuddled up with us.  Simon likes cats and he seemed to enjoy the company, I think...
He still wasn't ready to get out of bed in the morning, though.
Folk art.  lol
More horses running with us.  I will sure miss that!
Oh oh!  My shifter cable was coming apart.  Those little wires are SHARP.
Luckily we happened upon this place and Mike fixed me up.
And he didn't charge us!  Thanks Mike for all you do for cyclists!
Ken leans just like the sign!
This may be the cutest Post Office yet.  Er, I mean, Pony Express Depot.
This cute store had a new tube that fit the BOB.  And there was a yummy restaurant across the street owned by the same nice folks.
We camped at this church.  There was a homeless hitch hiker staying inside, and in the morning when we came inside to get our stuff, he came out and tried to tell us to SHUT UP and threatened to call the pastor.  What???  Ken told him to go ahead, and the guy left but no pastor came.  We were kind of wishing he would have.  These nice people that offer cyclists such a great place to stay, with showers and wifi and a kitchen, shouldn't be dealing with people like that.  
Einstein.  Our latest addition.  :)

Home for the night.

22 September 2010

Oregon, Our Last State - THIS Year!

Crossing into Oregon was awesome.  More of the same scenery from Idaho went on for many miles, and as we climbed our way through the toughest parts of Hells Canyon we couldn't help but talk about how the ride was coming to an end soon.  Hells Canyon is unbelievable. Parts of it are farmland, but other parts are like being on the moon, or on a movie set or something.  Has anyone else ever been here?  If so, please leave me a comment with your thoughts on the place.
I can't get my mind around how far we've pedaled!!
This was the bridge that took us across the Snake River and into Oregon.
There were places all along here where you could camp.
Ken steers clear of a berry bush.  :)  PTSD

The climb into Oxbow was steep, but not too long.  It wasn't bad.
We stopped at Scotty's Store... great flowers there.

Poor Simon.  He didn't like standing on this thing.
Approaching the town of Halfway we saw some cool barns.

We camped next to this one.  :)
The climb out of the valley was tough, but this is what we saw once we got away from the town and on top of the hills.  So incredible, it felt like we were the only people out there.

We eventually came through some forest, and then out the other side to see this.

Oregon Trail Wagon.
Mo takin a ride.  :)
What a sunset!