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Friday, October 4, 2013

Oregon Trail, Day 3

Correction to the map- I started Day 3 in Lincoln City (red dot), finished in Roseburg.
It was cold and foggy when I woke up and hit the road for breakfast from my KOA cabin. It was nice to not have to setup and take down the tent considering the previous day and overnight intermittent rains.
I didn't feel like setting up the stove for oatmeal and coffee at the campsite, so opted for a local diner (Otis Cafe) instead.
Typical diner food- good, but gotta return to lighter fare at home & get more exercise!
Although I'd charged all my electronics in the cabin overnight, I left the GoPro in my luggage and just rode through the fog up to Portland, stopping for coffee to thaw out around Forest Grove.
I continued to Portland and fueled up (43 mpg on 10% ethanol, must be the lower speeds?) before meeting Paul Smith for lunch. Note the chicken above the saddle in the pic, anyplace that has a chicken wandering around in the front yard is a safe place to park the motorcycle.
Paul's work neighborhood reminds me of the Garfiled Ave. neighborhood in NE Mimneapolis. Kind of hip & funky, some gentrification but with a modern utilitarian spirit. I like it! Lunch at the Oregon Public House (a non-profit pub funding community causes) was delicious with good atmosphere. I like the floorboards in the Stickeen office too, pine boards recycled from an old barn.
After lunch and a discussion of features on the new Kinn bicycles. 
I did a little souvenir shopping then got on the road toward Eugene. I dries through downtown to check it out, but chose to continue as I had more daylight and wanted to make my final riding day a little shorter. Eugene downtown is cute and obviously the university is a big factor here, I just didn't see anything I wanted to stop for.
Back on 5 south I made good time, choosing to stop at Roseberg for the night as the sun was getting very low and the air was cooling. Motel 6 there had great Yelp reviews and really was pretty nice for a Motel 6. While checking in I struck up a conversation with a couple traveling in an RV. Chuck and Kim had been living in their RV for 4 months over the summer, something I'd like to do someday as well. We ended up having dinner together at the diner next store and swapping stories of military life (Chuck is a fellow Army veteran) and talking about Kim's growing up in Alaska. They were charming dinner company! One of the things I enjoy about travel is the people I meet. Of course, meeting people involves talking to strangers; fortunately that's never been a problem for me!

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