Four Corners Tour – Ride Day 15 – Tour Day 12 – July 29, 2015 – Wednesday
Start Time: 6:38 AM PDT
Stop Time: 5:45 PM PDT
Start Location: Crescent City Harbor, CA
Stop Location: Goldendale, WA
Lodging: Maryhill State Park
Breakfast: Campsite (bagel with cream cheese)
Lunch: Crater Lake Visitor Center (burger and cold slaw)
Dinner: Campsite (you know the drill by now, PB&J on flour tortilla, peach)
Miles Traveled Today: 432
Weather: 55-95, Clear and Sunny Skies all day long
Route: US-1, US-199, I-5, OR-99, OR-234, OR-62, OR-138, US-97
Got an early start this morning, and the ride from Crescent City to Crater Lake was just one or two notches under the Pacific Coast Highway. Lots of sexy roads, beautiful Red Wood Forests, and at times I was riding along several rivers, so the roads followed the curves of the water.
Pretty early during the ride, I crossed the Oregon state line. Oregon apparently has a great underachiever designing their state signs.
When I jumped off I-5, I was off and on following the path of the Rogue River, so again, great riding.
The ride up to Crater Lake was awesome, I’m really hoping the GoPro videos I’m taking most days turn out good.
Crater Lake is all everyone cracked it up to be. There is blue, then there is Crater Lake Blue (needs its own name).
When I left Crater Lake, I had less than a 1/4 tank of gas, but the Miss. Zumo said there was a station within rang.
When I got to the station, I was pretty close to running out of gas, but the station was closed, and had a For Sale sign out front.
Miss. Zumo said there was a Pilot Station in 5.5 miles, at about the same time I read that on Miss. Zumo’s screen, I looked up and saw a billboard that said the same, so off I went to see if I could run out of gas again (having a 3 gallon reserve tank in the trailer makes you feel invincible).
I was just sure I was going to run out, the first time I ran out I had 187 miles on the trip meter, the second time, 197. This time I has 222 miles, which with a trailer is pretty impressive.
I could see the station long before I got to it, so I coasted most of the way.
So for those of you that don’t know, a Gold Wing has a 6.2 gallon tank, so apparently I used every drop (plus a little).
I was surprised to find myself riding through a desert again, and once it turned into desert, it never turned back. At one point I could see Rocky Mountains in a desert on my right and snow capped mountains on my left.
I tried to take a few photos, apparently the mountains were too far away.
On the other hand, when I arrived at the camp ground, I was pleasantly surprised that I could go for a walk in the Columbia River.
Oh, and more windmills (looking down on my little home away from home).
Also love these pull through campsites. It’s always harder if I have to back in and/or out.
Thank You Lord for allowing me the opportunity to see all these wonderful places. Keep me safe, and keep me from the evil one. Tomorrow I’m off to Blaine, WA via the Columbia River Highway. Bless me Lord, bless me indeed. Show me what you want me to see.
Those are incredible photos! (Except for those nasty feet. Thank goodness you had shoes on, knocked a little of the glare off….). Serious business, enjoying every minute “with” you on this journey. Please be safe. Praying for you each morning….
Thanks Walter, appreciate your prayers for sure.