Traveling on the Edge of a Primal Reality

Day 04

DAY 04: August 29, 2011 (Monday)

Tyee Campground, Oregon to Glide, Oregon: 36 miles (107 thus far)

Pleasantly cool and overcast from campground to Sutherlin, Oregon on Interstate 5. Coast Range now behind us. Stopped at Taco Bell. Gary got a broiled chicken burrito. I ate a late breakfast of Kashi 7 Grain Nuggets, raisins, and All Day Energy Greens. Nice rest after mountain ascent and descent. Stopped at Sutherlin visitor center and chatted with volunteer host. Remained cloudy next 5 miles to tiny town of Wilbur, along I-5 on parallel country road. Got bananas at Wilbur country store. Set out on County Road 200, called the North Bank Road, towards town of Glide, 17 miles distant. Road very curvy, with steep upgrades and downgrades in rolling barren hills with occasional oak and pine trees. All clouds disappeared as we began this section along Umpqua River. Turned hot in afternoon. Tough triking terrain and weather took toll on Gary’s knees. We sought shade anywhere we could find it. Pedaled into Glide early evening at sunset. Bought some food at convenience market. Told about motel up the road, which Gary opted for, passing up offer by local man to pitch our tents in his yard. Motel office closed by time we arrived, so ended up pitching tents behind local business building on east end of town, out of sight of Hwy 138. Circumstances caused Gary concern, and I slept fully clothed atop my sleeping bag just in case, but no hassles all night. Need a shower after today’s ride.