Thursday 14th July
Start & End: Bend
I have decided that Conrad needs to be fattened up – he looks so skinny! So the day started with a breakfast at a place I was recommended to by a local called La Magie Bakery. There he started his drinking early, had a hot brekkie, a pastry, and an eclair! So far my plan is working well.
We borrowed bikes and rode a short way south to the Old Mill District to visit our favourite shop – REI. It has become an internal joke now at how often we find ourselves in REI on this trip. We were there to buy some dehydrated food for the next section and to return my broken shoes. It wasn’t fun. It wasn’t a quick trip, but I finally came away with a different pair of shoes! Poor Conrad.
Cycling along the Deschutes River and through Drake Park, I have decided to add Bend to the list of US towns that I would like to live in. I love this place. It is busy without being crowded, has an excellent position for outdoor access, and is full of independent stores and food choices.
- Roast chicken (me)
- Rib-eye steak (Conrad)
- Chocolate cake
After a fantastic dinner in a local Cajun American restaurant called Zydeco, we are incredibly tired – it’s as if our bodies are shutting down whilst not hiking. Tomorrow we plan to spend less time on our feet and relax even more!