Morning. Crescent Lake Cabins are sweet.
My plan for today was to visit the umpqua national forest and the hot spring located there.
Rode over to crescent from crescent lake to get gas, and again noticed my rear was low on air. At this point my rear tire is looking rough. There's cracks around the knobs so there could be any number of leaks residing on it. Filled it up more than usual this time.
Getting to the spring took me up elevation for a bit and And to a pedestrian bridge leading to springs.
I met a couple on the brief hike over who were on vacation from Arizona. Cece and Shaun had 2 weeks off and were recommending I check out kentucky falls next to Florence. Shaun was a pretty sociable guy. When we got to the spring he would offer every bather there grabs at their tillamook cheese and crackers which they obtained on the factory tour earlier.
The soak was amazing. It made the soreness in my left shoulder from yesterday's chilled ride melt away. There was a total of 6 pools there that got cooler the farther down you descended the Rock staircase. The one above mine was taken a older scruffy looking mountain man and another pool housed under a wooden canopy by a young hippie couple. They were all in the buff soaking and getting out to grab the occaisional cracker and cheese. I brought my swim trunks just in case but decided to hang loose, to save from having to dry my swim trunks.
It was liberating to be soaking in the buff on the side of a mountain surrounded by Trees and cool fresh air with the sound of the river running below. This is the Oregon I had envisioned. It wasn't to be found on the TAT up to this point.
After soaking for 45 minutes and hiking out, I ran into 2 couples who had a flat the night before and decided to camp out. There was another guy, Jimmy was was acting as a fixer, whom I had met earlier getting to the springs. Jimmy at first asked me if I could ride down to a gas station with a Jerry can to get gas since one of the guys truck ran out of gas. The other guys car had a flat tire. I had all the tools needed to plug a tire and inflate it, and so I did. Both of the guys were on military rr from Iraq, so it was the least I could do.
Jimmy was from Michigan, but his playground was in Venice beach Cali. He is a musician there. Somehow he was able to hitchhike all the way to Oregon and would be hitchhiking a ride back at some point. It seems like he had been camping out there for awhile.
One couple, Travis and his girl Alia were both from Oregon and endorsed it over the other many states they traveled to some of which included Montana and Wyoming.
After fixing the tire the group thank me and I roll away. It was around 5 pm at this point and I head south to Crater Lake and enjoy the view.
Did I mention that the last couple of days felt the the end of November? It was chilly. I was getting all sore from the chills. Had to bust out the balaclava.
Crater lake is pretty cool. I enter from the north entrance and slowly make my way south going counterclockwise around the big water filled hole hitting the different vistas along the way.
Click below image for the Crater Lake Expedition Video... The Pig has landed!
After having my fill, I exit through the south at mazama village. There I stop in at annie's restaurant for a dinner buffet before setting out for my cold-as-balls ride to the union creek cottage and rv park.
It's a comfy place to rest my head for the evening.