Because it’s only a 35 mile day, I was in no hurry to get going. I was even still in camp when Steve rolled out of his tent! And, I took time for a cup of tea.
I needed a few groceries, and was going to wait until Grants Pass, but in Selma (4 miles into the day) there was a Ray’s grocery store, so I stopped (even though I knew I had a climb coming). Since I got a later start, I was able to eat in Selma (some yogurt from the store).
Sure enough, not far out of Selma, the road started going up. It wasn’t bad though. In fact, before I knew it, I was at the summit of Hayes Hill.
Coming down the other side, I was grateful I was heading north. The descent was much steeper than the ascent was!
I came to a weigh station that was closed, but the scale was on. Steve and Clement has weighed themselves with their bikes at other weigh stations, so I decided to do the same.
I don’t think 200 is quite accurate. I think it should be about 225.
As I started getting closer to Grants Pass, I noticed there was a bike path parallel to the highway. I hopped on, of course.
It was noon when I spied a Red Robin. I thought to myself, I haven’t eaten at Red Robin in ages! Well, I fixed that! In fact, I spent over an hour there. It was a good lunch break.
I left Red Robin, and resumed riding on the bike path. I knew I had to get from 199 to 99. The bike path went off from the highway onto a regular street. I thought it was no problem as I was still heading in the right direction. I came to a busy street thinking it was 99. It wasn’t. It was 238. I looked at Google maps to see the route to Valley of the Rogue State Park. At that time, I got a text from Steve saying he was there, where was I? I told him I was still heading toward the park, that I’d spent a long time at Red Robin.
When I got to the park, I asked if they had a H/B site. They didn’t, so I said my friend Steve was here and I would be sharing a site with him. The gal had no record of Steve. I had seen he left me a voicemail, so I checked it. When he said he was there, he meant Red Robin! So, I checked in and sent Steve a text letting him know which site I was on. They only have 7 tent sites and they are full, so we are on a full hookup site for $29. At least we have electricity so we can charge our stuff. I asked the gal what would happen if they were full. She said she doesn’t know where they would put us. I told her that Oregon has a law that state parks can’t turn cyclists away. She was unaware. She said she would have to call the park ranger. But, no worries, as we have a site.
Oh, and I had to sing “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road” three times today!