Monday, August 20, 2007

Disaster, narrowly averted.

Leaving Bend, I approached La Pine at about 6pm, while I considered
whether to stop there or continue on to Gilchrist, the next town. A
Best Western billboard promising a pool and spa sold me. I could
already feel the hot water on my poor tired legs.

The Western, a rather upscale one with a conference center, was
booked. This was rather shocking, as La Pine is a town of 1585 people
and this was a week night. Hotel #2 (of 3), also booked. (It's too
soon for burners, so Shriners must be in town.)

Only the Westview Motel had any vacancy. I balanced the Westview vs
Gilchrist; 15 miles, could be one hour, could be three, depending on
conditions. I chose the Westview, as the day had been windy and rainy.

I was checked into La Pine's last vacant room (a charming 70s era
kitchenette with green shag) by a socially awkward, stuttering teen
named Reno.

Afterwards, I chatted with Reno and another guest about my bike, which
had caught their interest, and my trip. I was talking routes with
Reno, specifically mentioning how I was headed on along 97 for
Klamath, when he observed that 31 was a better route for me. I
consulted my map, and realized that I had jumbled the 3 Wally Glen
approved routes in my mind. I had actually reached my turnoff, but
was preparing to continue along 97 to Klamath, which would've put me
100 miles off course.

Whew! So let me just recommend the Westview Motel in La Pine. Charming
70s decor, and friendly owners who know their neighborhood.


Doug said...

Wow... everything happens for a reason. That was very fortunate that you ended up there and you and Reno got to talking. Kalamath is a nice place. I visited there years ago when my car had a frozen water pump (I didn't know it at the time), but I know that's not on the agenda. I realize I should have a map at my desk to follow your route. The online maps are crap for this kind of browsing.

August 21, 2007 6:58 AM  
Aaron the Truck Driver said...

Hey Ivan.
Saw your posting on the camp denile yahoo group.
Good luck on your journey. Your a good writer, im enjoying reading this.
Hyw 31 is pretty desolate. So, be careful and don't get eaten by any bears!

August 21, 2007 3:07 PM  
katia said...

this blog would be so much cooler with accompanying photos.

August 22, 2007 3:10 PM  

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