Gilchrist to Canyonlands Oregon
Awesome accommodations last night
I love traveling rural America,the people you meet are great.Our host at the Gilchrist Inn knew we would be in late and called the local restaurant/bar/bowling alley/tourist center(about 100 yards away) and told him we would be late and needing something to eat.
The owner and the cook stayed late and prepared an excellent meal for us,followed with some good conversation and spirits and provided us with free Oregon Maps,a tour of his 2 lane bowling alley in the back of the bar and a free shot glass for everyone to remember the place.......just awesome
Seven days of desert temps and we wake up to 32 degrees....
I had a pair of longhandle bottoms but the the top had got toasted in the saddle bag,so I put on 2 shirts and picked up a set of leather gloves to replace the vented ones I had been wearing,but knew there would be issues with my hands as they have been giving me troubles in the cold for several years.
At least the roads and scenery were nice
Stopping again to warm my hands on the exhaust
Stopping gave the Kiwis a chance to catch up.They got a late start this morning.
Kenny browsing the forest while I'm warming my hands.He is getting used to waiting on me...lol
Whatta think....is Kenny happy ?
At this point he is probably happy the temps have climbed up enough and I don't have to stop and warm my hands every 5 minutes...lol.....or maybe its because we are headed off the trail for a side trip.
Since Kenny has never seen it and we are only 20 miles away...We are headed to Crater lake...
Climbing to the lake we see snow,still on the ground from last winter and its now September and my hands are getting cold...
Last time I was here,we crested the mountain and the view of the lake took your breath away.This year was no different.
Looking down into the lake the blue water is beautiful
Your two studly adventurers again,both sporting classic Arai XD3 haircuts...
Moving along we head south to pick up a road north that will take us back to the trail and pass the Rogue River.
OK,enough of the tourist crap,back to the trail
Back into the woods...
What a beautiful place,the trees are amazing and we are searching for a special one.
I think we found it
Yep,this is it.
I know Kenny has better pic of him by the tree,maybe he will post it?
I'm not bashful....Glad the forest warden didn't show up..
Now I'm thinking who went out and measured the other 5 million trees ..I guess that was on my mind as I took off in the lead and went 20 miles in the wrong direction before I noticed something was wrong.I was having fun.
Well,at least we got to ride the 20 miles we missed going to Crater Lake.lol
At the end of the day after 12 hours in the saddle and 10 miles from the motel,Sam throws a curve.A very nasty,rocky climb up the mountain,that caught us by suprise.Anyway we made it,sorry no pics.We were extremly busy hanging on...lol