Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 64

Friday, September 9

Miles: 43
Prineville to Sisters, OR

Ben had a flat tire when we got up in the morning, which was foreshadowing for the rest of the day. We ate breakfast at a diner filled with a ton of Harley riders in town for the rally. To say the least, I was happy to get out of Prineville.

We rode about 10 miles out of town and Ben's back tire went flat again. We were on a pretty busy road so we found a patch of mulch to fix the tire. When we sat down we realized the mulch was full of tiny splinters, which got all in our hands and shorts. We actually had to change our shorts because the sprinklers were too tiny and too many to get off. Anyways, Ben patched the tube and we were on our way.

We got into the town of Redman and got some ice cream. About 10 more miles and Ben's tire went flat for the third time today. We just felt like giving up. We didn't even find anything that would have caused the flats so it kind of felt hopeless. This time there was some splintery mulch left in the tire so that might done it. After patching the tube again, we kept our fingers crossed that it would hold.

Finally, we got into Sisters. We decided to stay there because immediately leaving town is the biggest mountain pass we will climb in Oregon. We didn't feel up to that climb at the end of the day.

When we tried to find a spot at a campground in town, we found out there was a folk festival this weekend and every campground and hotel was booked solid. We figured we had nothing to lose, so we asked a motel if we could pitch our tent in the yard. The owner there was awesome and let us put up our tent for free. She was originally from Vermont, so it's no wonder that she was so cool. We went out for pizza and then called it a night. The motel owner even turned off the sprinkler timer for us, so we avoided a repeat of our night in Unity!

160 miles to the coast- can it be true!?

Location:Sisters, OR

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