Today was an easy 40 mile stretch to Sisters. It was no fun because we were on a shoulder while trucks roared by us. We both contemplated: which was worse? The North Dakota interstate, or this? Tough question. Sure felt safer on the interstate. I guess we have gotten spoiled by the scenic roads. Today being Friday, I think we had all the business traffic plus hordes of huge camper-trailers.
The 3 sisters mountains loomed in the distance but frankly our eyes were on the narrow shoulder.
Sisters is a vibrant tourist town, packed for the weekend. There is a lot going on here. We're staying at the Ponderosa Lodge Best Western, and they have llamas on the property, just for fun. The view from our balcony:
We had dinner at a wine bar/art gallery named Open Door. Arugula lettuce, goat cheese, beet salad, at last! Washed down with an Oregon Pinot Noir that was very substantial. No salt & pepper shakers on the table and no ice in the water. Yes! Points off for asking us to keep our fork instead of giving us clean silverware, but otherwise, it sure was nice to be in a place this nice.
We have to laugh about our tan hands. You can see the glove marks.
I use suntan lotion but not in the gap between my watch and the glove, and not on the ends of my fingers.
Tomorrow we will spend the first 15 miles climbing the highest, and the last, pass in the Cascades, rising 2,000 feet from our current altitude. McKenzie Pass is 5,235 feet high. According to our route profile map, it will be all downhill from there, all 150 miles to the ocean. We are only doing 45 miles tomorrow but I'm sure it will be a full day.