Day 5 – Destination: Bend, OR

Got off to another late start today. In the mornings we end up sitting around the campsite making coffee through various methods (none of them working that well) and looking at maps and opining on various routes.

Anyway, finally got on the road and the routes we wanted to take, mainly the 89 through Lassen National Park was closed…due to snow. Like I said, there was so much snow in CA this year that even though it’s mid-summer, they haven’t cleared the roads yet.

We ended up spending some time on Interstate 5 and made some good time on our way north to Bend, OR. It was nice to finally get into another state and we stopped to congratulate ourselves in Klamath Falls, OR (which, much to our chagrin, doesn’t actually have any waterfalls).

From there we motored all the way into Bend – it was a long day of riding and the last 50 miles really wore us out (see pic of Tad laying in grass). Getting into Bend was awesome though – what a cool town! I think any city where you pull up and people are floating through the middle of town on innertubes and drinking a beer says a lot.

Geoff has a cousin in town (Shauna) and her family happened to be away for the weekend so there was room for us to crash. She was a great host – we had dinner at 10 Barrels Brewery, saw a big bike race downtown, and then went out for a few drinks.

Now, it’s Saturday morning and we’re getting ready to leave for Tad’s house in Portland.

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