Using advanced satellite technology and on-the-ground reconnaissance, scientists have confirmed that Crater Lake remains in it’s current location. “Yep,” said USGS Senior Geologist Stan Goodman, “it’s still there.”

There were no breakfast options within walking distance of my hotel so I had to resort to McDonalds for morning calories. Their mochas aren’t that bad but I’m sure they taste the way they do because of a dozen different lab-grown ingredients only a savant biochemist could pronounce. It’s only in me for about 24 hours anyway, so what do I care?

The road up to Crater Lake from Grants Pass is scenic enough but too straight for my tastes and crawling with ADL members. My butt gets sore when I ride in a straight line. When I stopped at the national park entrance the mosquitoes were swarming my face looking for a quick meal. Blood-suckers! There’s still quite a lot of snow at the Rim Village but I managed to get up to the edge and take a look at the lake.

Yep, it's still there
Yep, it's still there

After grabbing a quick snack and some souvenirs for family, I descended the eastern slope and made my way to La Pine for a cobb salad and second mocha of the day at the Red Rooster Cafe. They have a sign on the mens room door that says, “This door to remain closed at all times / By order of the Management.” Funny.  They actually decorate the lower-half of the walls of their cafe with chicken wire.

Not wanting to get to Bend at noon, I headed back west to take the Cascade Lakes loop. I stopped at a small lake-side campground and posed my bike for a picture with the lake and Mt. Bachelor in the background.

Damn, that's a sexy bike!
Damn, that's a sexy bike!

As I was getting closer to Bend I noticed that once again I was getting to my destination way too early. So I stopped at a small scenic overlook and chilled for a while. Wanting to goof off a little I posed my camera on a tiny tripod and used the timer to take this photo of myself and the bike (that’s actually how I take all my own pictures on trips).

Tripods and timers are handy
Tripods and timers are handy

Once I got into Bend I used my GPS to find my way across town to the Westward Ho Motel. It’s old and kind of a dive but it’s clean and super cheap. Tomorrow I continue heading north to visit my sister at her horse ranch outside of Goldendale, Washington. Of course, I’ll be taking the twisty way there.

Update: The Westward Ho Motel in Bend is “Cheap, and not even worth it.” It’s a truly classic example of ‘you get what you pay for.’ I paid $32.80 for my room and that should tell you something. I won’t be coming back.