I'm up and pulling away from the hippie fest by 8am.
I know I'm taking a gamble and could be forced to turn home at some point, I'm actually not feeling too bad so I head south.
The plan for today is to get far enough south that I can camp near Mt Bachelor tomorrow night.
Crater Lake is my highest priority on this trip so I want to get reasonably close as soon as possible.
I thought Bend was a reasonable goal - I don't quite make it
The Gorge to Redmond OR
My route takes me through Yakima and Goldendale, then down 97 toward Bend OR.
Not really taking photos today - just logging miles.
I'm feeling the burn about 30 minutes into the ride so I stop in Yakima for cash, gas, breakfast, and a dose of Aleve.
I also got to shop for tent stakes since I left mine in the garage at home
That little excercise cost me about 2 hours.
I made a couple of minor changes to the rig for this trip.
I swapped out the stock windscreen for a taller Givi model and wired in a charger adaptor for keeping the toys powered.
The new windscreen really makes a huge difference with helmet buffeting and related rider fatigue.
Charging up the New Drift Cam
I'm playing with the new helmet cam for the first time and came up with mixed results, mostly due to sensitivity issues with the remote.
I'll post results when I get some footage edited.
By the time I get to Redmond I'm in agony.
The shoulder and knee are screaming.
I can't ride another mile so I stop at the first motel and secure a room.
I have the best meal of the trip just down the street at Madeline's.
This isn't your average Mexican American restaraunt.
The menu is more upscale and they really deliver on the service and preparation.
I had the 16 0z Ribeye Steak Ranchero - well, half of it anyway.
It was fantastic and maybe even better for breakfast the next morning
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