Day 13: Grants Pass, OR to Concord, CA

Sometime last night I left the hammock and crawled into the tent. A good thing as it was drizzling rain by daylight.

Although we had planned on an early start, packing up in the rain is not high on either of our lists of things we can’t wait to do, so we slept until around 10 when it had quit raining. We packed everything up wet and then stopped at the resturant next to Riverside Inn Resort for lunch. One of the best lunches that I had on the trip. They cooked the salmon perfectly! Which I could remember the  name.

By noon it was hammer down. And I mean hammer down. If you haven’t ridden I5 between Medford and Shasta Lake, it is just packed with great riding. I even manged to mostly keep up with Jeff.

We pretty much just stopped for gas, until we reached Fairfield where we would split up. We chose the Blue Frog Grill for the traditional last meal and only photo of the two of us on the journey.

To a great day, a great ride, and a great friend. Until next time…

Today’s Ride: 377 Miles

Day 12: Portland, OR to Grants Pass, OR

I woke up inexplicably this morning at 5 am. Well perhaps not inexplicably, it was clearly trash day in Portland.

The only rooms when we booked the hotel were cowboy style: one bathroom at the end of the hall for the whole floor. Not particularly my cup of tea, although both the room and the bath were well appointed and clean. Regardless, I prefer a hot shower, so got with it lest the hot water heater was small. Then I read until about 8 and then went down to feed the meters so we wouldn’t get a ticket before we had to check out at 11 am. Jeff had already beat me to it.

He wasn’t in his room, so I packed and snuck in a nap till 10 when he called to see if I was still alive. Breakfast at Kenny & Zuke’s Deli landed me a Reuben sandwich with a couple of fried eggs on it. I really just wanted the sandwich, but they were still serving breakfast. Turned out to be delicious!

A quick stop at Powell’s Bookstore was enough for me to commit to coming back when I have more time on my hands. What a place. I need a few days to explore it.

Time to turn south. And really the only way south, is I5.

Only stopping for gas, we got to Grant’s Pass a little before 4 PM, and decided to eat out before locating our campground. Dinner was at some “Bear” restaurant which was all-in-all unremarkable.  Overdone stuffed chicken with an underdone bacon wrap. We should have ordered the steak.

A quick stop at the grocery to get set for the night and then we made our way to Schroeder County Park since they allow tents to rent their powered campsites. I paid and Jeff went in to find a site. The campground was almost entirely empty, and proving that great minds think alike, he picked the exact site that I chose on my first night out on the 2007 trip.

We pitched the tents, strung the hammock, and then settled in to drink some beer, work on the blog and review the trip.

I relaxed in the hammock and watched the last of the coals burn down till I fell asleep. It’s a good way to spend the last night out.

Today’s Ride: 251 miles