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Out of the Deschutes National Forest

The underseat steering attachment bracket was cracked through. I applied a couple of hose clamps to stabilized it enough to move the bicycle without breaking it further.

The water at Wickiup Reservoir was labeled hazardous because of blue green algae growth so our time here was limited. Though beautiful and peaceful, what we were looking for, camping out here would not have lead to a fixed bike, so we tried to wave down passing trucks as they drove by the south eastern end of Wickiup Reservoir.

As we attempted to hitchhike a ride, we called a number of friends. My cellphone had reception and we were able to call Better World Club to be picked up. They had trouble trying to find where we were located. We were in a national forest.

After about three hours of phone negotiating a tow back to the Chemult Amtrak to get a train to Eugene, we constructed a plan to get a tow to Chemult than a pickup from a friend coming from Lost Valley.

The towing service had never picked up a bicycle tow before. As we rode in the cab, we also learned that tire blowouts from semi-trailer trucks happen regularly and the ODOT then picks up the pieces of shredded tire as the truck driver is supposed to just keep going. We learned the name of the Davis forest fire of 2003, and saw more of the lava fields, now from a higher vantage point from within the cab of the tow truck.

There are beautiful lava flows in Oregon, which I am guessing is identified as A'a by the descriptions I read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lava#Volcanic_morphologies and what I saw here: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=43.636696,-121.809196&spn=0.070194,0.113297&t=h&z=13&lci=com.panoramio.all,org.wikipedia.en&layer=c&cbll=43.636647,-121.809297&panoid=u2_Ynfu4ncjnK-VNfdgPJg&cbp=12,351.82,,0,21.27 at here http://maps.google.com/maps?sll=43.629288,-121.766694&sspn=0.1,0.1&ie=UTF8&ll=43.64651,-121.79821&spn=0.13937,0.226593&t=h&z=12&lci=org.wikipedia.en and just throwing in a random internet photo of the lava flow, (though we didn't climb it to see the flow from this photo's perspective). I had not ever seen such uniformly black craggy outcroppings stretching over a wide expanse of land, relatively flat, yet appearing sharp and rough, surrounded by coniferous forest.

In the tow truck we quickly passed by what had taken the past few days to bicycle through. It had taken so long to bicycle this route: from Chemult northeast on Highway 97 then we bicycling northwestward up the Williamette Highway (Oregon Route 58) to then go east at the the Crescent Cutoff Rd. / Co Route 1351 then turned north onto Co Highway 1352 then continuing on Co Highway 46 / National Forest Development Road 850, all part of the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway as I noticed I was getting sleepier and more fatigued, not physically fatigued, but mentally fatigued and subsequently more irritable, becoming myself irritable at my lowered threshold of irritability.

By dusk, we saw our friend, R which was a welcome sight to see as he arrived in his pickup truck pulling into Chemult minutes after we arrived.

It was well near midnight when we got to the community of Lost Valley, near Dexter in the foothills outside of the City of Eugene. I was glad to have an easy to pitch tent to set up in the field.

I collated and computerized some photographic slides of permaculture sites for R assisting him for his next permaculture class and imminent travel for him during the next few days. I enjoyed being at Lost Valley, revisited many aspects of it as we stayed there camping for the next three days.

BikeFriday assessed the damage to the bicycle and, multiple phone calls later, needed "special steel shipped from Seattle" to perform the repairs. Having been at Lost Valley for a couple of days, we said bye to R and others and moved to our other friend R's house in nearby Pleasant Hill as BikeFriday continued working to complete the repairs. I had fun seeing R and S, the last time seeing then was at the Buckeye Gathering. I give credit to R being the one who started me on making things like this:

There at R's house we had some peaceful raw food dinners and enjoyable quiet. We also had a couple of visits to the City of Eugene to resupply for the trip and to be at a birthday party.

Roughly a week after being rescued from the middle of a national forest, "BIKE POWER !!" was surprising shouted to us from community as we pedaled away and up into the foothills of the Willamette Valley.

The road going eastward out of the Willamette Valley up into the foothills of the Cascade Range through Lane County by way of Highway 58 was here forested, shady, narrow, hazardous, with little shoulder to navigate the bicycles on as contrasting with when we were going westward on this same highway where the route was hazardous there because of the highspeed truck traffic, sunny, hot, and dusty. I appreciated here the ecosystem contrasts of the wet lush forest here v. the drier rain shadow on the leeward side of the Cascade Range.

Next was the Aufderheide Memorial Drive and over the Cascade Range in to high dry eastern Oregon.

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