Blogs from Oregon, United States, North America - page 18


North America » United States » Oregon » Grants Pass July 2nd 2013

Got on the road at7:30 a.m.and 57 degrees with lots of sun. Heading to Oregon today, just an overnight stop, then on to Florence, Oregon for 4 nights and some much needed cooler weather. On the way we see so many Pole Pines, Jefferey Pines, White Fir, and Ponderosa Pines trees lining our travels. The Cascade Mountain Range in sight and lots of snow up there. Drive through Clayton, Cali. So, another one does exist. Entered Oregon at 12:30. Mount Shasta looms in the distance, snow covered and just awesomely beautiful! Arrive our campground at Valley of the Rogues SP at 1:45 pm. At 3:30 Joel and Cortney Leachman and their sweet, almost 2 year old daughter Riley, come to visit us. We chatted for awhile and then we all went out to dinner at TapRock ... read more
Mt. Shasta in Distance
Mt. Shasta in Distance
Peak Close

North America » United States » Oregon » Seaside July 2nd 2013

Happy Canada Day Eh! Today's ride was fairly uneventful other than we turned over the 20,000 km mark! I can't quite believe I have still have feeling in my butt. Newport, Lincoln City, Cannon Beach and Seaside are all quaint little towns that we like to visit in the wintertime. We definitely dilly-dallyed along today, not wanting the trip to end. We also stopped for a couple of hours at the Lincoln Outlets. Surprise, I only bought workout gear. Oh dear. As we start to wrap up this adventure and these blogs (last one will be tomorrow), we have been thinking about what we would do differently if we were to do the same trip this time next year. Here's what worked well and what didn't, starting with things that drove us crazy that we simply ... read more
Scala rider intercoms
Too bulky

North America » United States » Oregon » Dundee July 1st 2013

Today our adventure took us through the Willamette Valley wine region for visits to numerous vineyards to sample their award-winning wines. It was easy to find our way after several tasting…we just followed the arrows to the next winery. We were feeling no pain by noon. The rolling countryside of Willamette Valley has row upon row of grape vines as far as the eye can see. Each winery was unique...and we enjoyed them all. Mom wanted to stay longer at the last winery, but we convinced her it was time to move on.... read more
Rex Hill
Rex Hill Winery
Rex Hill sculpture

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland June 30th 2013

Busy, busy day today! First stop was the Pittock Mansion built 100 years ago on top of the highest point in Portland - - - tremendous view, spectacular garden, and opulent interior. Also visited the Rose Test Gardens, a gorgeous 4 acre park which is home to over 400 varieties of roses. Next stop was the Japanese Garden, said to be the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan. The garden is over 5 acres of peaceful tranquility. Then off to Portland’s China Town and the Lan Su Chinese Garden, nestled within the hustle and bustle of the center of the city. Following our tour today, we indulged ourselves in Chinese beer and great food at the Golden Horse Restaurant. After wandering about in China Town, we briefly joined a pub crawl and stopped for desert ... read more
Pittock - Music Room
Rose Garden
Rose Garden Arbor

North America » United States » Oregon June 30th 2013

Well, stopped at place unknown to the travel blog. Great trip down 101 in Sunday traffic. We were not the only people who decided to use this road by a long shot. Needless to say there were a lot of motorhomes & trailers going home after the weekend. Local LEOS were out in force, I would guess practicing for July 4th. We stopped for the night at the Battle Rock Motel. Nice enough and the nice Korean lady collected sales tax on the room. Somehow I thought Oregon had NO sales tax.I would guess if you are the only game in town you can make up your own rules. I am always amazed to see cyclists peddling up hill with full packs on front and back fork tubes. I did 1523 miles but with a motor! ... read more
Rocks at Port Orford
Green Rock

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland June 29th 2013

Can't believe it has been a year since our trip to Paris. It only seems like yesterday when we were being serenaded on the steps of Sacre' Coeur, Basilica of Montmartre. This year we decided to keep our adventure state side...continuing on a Pacific coast tour that Mary & Mom began several years back. While we are going to meet up in Portland, we will pick up where they stopped, Florence Oregon. We will then continue down the coast to the Redwood Forests in California. On our way back up, we will tour through the mountain and lava fields of central Oregon, and then end our trip along the Lewis & Clark Trail at Mt. Hood. Planes, Trains, and Automobile. That is how our adventure begins. Nancy & Mom fly from Michigan. Mary takes the train ... read more
Oregon Trip
Nancy & Mom

North America » United States » Oregon » Springfield June 17th 2013

Greetings! Once I knew I was moving to China, I often debated when I should write my first entry. Should I start 100 days 'til I leave? 88 days sounds lucky. Eventually, I determined that 46 days was appropriate since it's the day I graduate from the University of Oregon (Home of the Ducks). Graduation is the time the ducklings finally spread their wings and attempt to leave the nest and view the world. Since, I left high school, I haven't seen much of the world (beyond Western Canada, Florida, Hawaii and the Western United States). I longed to study abroad in the UK or China, yet never had the funds to support such a goal. It wasn't until recently, I learned that I could get paid to teach abroad. It was that very idea that ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » North Bend June 5th 2013

$300 later and fingers crossed, I think we have a fixed bike. Bodged anyway with a bit of welding. The rear wheel drive gearbox had stripped a spline, ideally requiring a new assembly, but that was too expensive with a long wait to get the part. After a short debate, it was agreed that they would take the rear wheel out, take the shaft assembly out and disassemble the gearbox and weld a sleeve onto the spline. They tested it and it seems good - but time will tell. So we leave North Bend tomorrow bound for the big Redwoods. I quite enjoyed the pampering of hot showers, use of hairdryers, coffee machines, internet etc etc., not to mention a bit of shopping (more glasses!), but have missed being out there on the bikes, the best ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » North Bend June 4th 2013

After spending the morning in the library, we set off in the sunshine towards Mitchell on route 26. It has become obvious to us that Oregon was designed purely to ride motorcycles, they are the best roads yet and we did the best days riding you could possibly ever hope to do. We took a detour of around 30 odd miles and found a lovely campsite by the John Day River, again right by the river, it really doesn't get much better. Out for a meal a walk away. Its generally excepted not to travel after dusk, a lot of the land is 'open range' and the animals tend to wander more in the early morning and at dusk, and obviously they are difficult to see. There are also young ones around now, we had to ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Medford June 1st 2013

We are having the time of our lives. We went to Crater Lake today and needed our snow gear. It had been snowing all week but today was absolutely perfect, clear skies, no wind and unbelievable scenery. I don't think even photos could do it justice, it is such an amazing place. It is about 2 hours or so from Hollie and Mikes but the trip was so lovely with lots of stops on the way. We came across some guys fishing in the Rogue River just outside of Shady Cove and one of them had a gun on his hip....can you believe that. It seemed the most natural thing for him to was a glock hand gun in a holster. Made me feel a bit naked without my gun....ha ha! They were after the ... read more

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