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July 10, 11 - Oregon
On a Tuesday morning, I started my journey, heading south into
Oregon. I first noticed the temperature exceeding 100°F as I passed
through the small town of Maupin, where Oregon 197 winds down and
crosses the Deschutes River.
Oregon 197 later merges into Oregon 97, and then crosses the
Crooked River on one of three bridges spanning a dramatic 300 ft.
gorge. The other two bridges include a railroad bridge, and the
(abandoned) old two-lane road.
I spent the night in Bend, Oregon, after having dinner at the Deschutes Brewery.
Wednesday morning, I checked out Lava
Butte, just south of Bend.
After La Pine, I headed southeast on Oregon 31, pausing to
investigate an interesting spot I found in my DeLorme map
called "Big Hole" — basically a mile wide depression in the ground.
A little farther south, at Summer Lake, I spent a few hours trying
to find a road marked in my DeLorme map as detouring through the dunes
on the east side of the lake.
I was asked if I had any fresh fruits or vegetables. Well, I had lots — so I admitted to this. But, it turned out that they were only interested in cherries, and I had none.
I spent the night in Alturas, California, where I discovered I had the first of what would turn out to be many flat tires. The rain produced strange bubbles on the parking lot.