|Cache at Bridgeport|
I awoke to a cold morning – 37 degrees. To make matters worse, again because of the dampness, my heated grips weren’t working. I wore my rain coat over my jacket to keep warm. My first cache of the day and my last California cache was at Bridgeport about an hour out. It was an old tractor in front of a Napa store and the cache container was the tractor toolbox. The heat buildup with my bike stopped apparently dried out the moisture allowing my heated grips to once again function and I was very thankful for that.
|Lunch break on mountain side|
In the afternoon I was on Hwy 447 which eventually turned back into California. This was Modoc County but I didn’t need one there as I had logged one in 2010 when I did Oregon. I got into Lakeview, OR, mid afternoon which was my shortest day. I would have gone further but there was nowhere to stay within 100 miles along my route.
I stayed at the Interstate 8 Motel which was old but comfortable. After checking in I went out and picked up a cache in Lakeview at the IOOF Cemetery. I then gassed up and picked up some milk and granola bars for breakfast the next morning. I actually watched TV this evening for the first time on the trip. I saw the movie “All The Way” and if Bryan Cranston doesn’t get an Oscar for his performance as LBJ, something’s wrong.
I had a quick breakfast in my motel room and got an early start the next morning. It was 41 degrees when I left but very soon dropped to 34-35 degrees. However, the sun was out and my heated grips were working so it wasn’t too bad. I took kind of a back roads route to Pendleton going through Mitchell, Spray and Heppner. However, somewhere along the way, Mitchell I think, I took a wrong turn and ended up doing some of the route twice. It wasn’t the end of the world because this was absolutely fantastic motorcycle country. I stopped for a few caches along the way and had lunch at a restaurant in Mitchell as I had exhausted my carry along food supply. This was to have been my longest day even without the extra miles. It was nearly 7:00 when I arrived home having traveled 627 miles that day.
|About the Silvies cache|
As a side note - I received just the other day an invoice from the Golden Gate Toll Bridge for $7.50. It even had my picture on it from the back. Ain't technology great! M/W