Day 25: Bend Birthday Zero

Thursday 14th July

Start & End: Bend

Miles: 0

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.

The Deschutes River
Tonnes of people tubing down the river

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.

Today’s food has been amazing!  Since breakfast we have had:

  • Pizza
  • Gelato
  • Cherries
  • 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!

2 thoughts on “Day 25: Bend Birthday Zero”

  1. Wow! And, my wife thought she was in luxury last night at Elk Lake! She’s getting closer and will be at Koko Lake Saturday night. I feel the crux of Oregon is after that, especially ascending from Jefferson Park. Will be interesting to know how much snow you encounter on the climb up and over. Should be “smooth” sailing by Breitenbush all the way to the Bridge.


    1. At this rate Larry your wife will get there before us! We plan to take the Eagle Creek alternative route down to Cascade Locks, so will update the blog with conditions along the way (data signal depending)! Thanks for your message.


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