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We arrived in Sisters, Oregon, a place I had been wanting to visit for a while. A city with a cool name. The landscape of the small city and Deschutes County was beautiful. While bicycling here we were on a more frequented established bicycle route, The TransAmerica Route, so had been seeing more bicyclist, mostly passing us traveling east to west. One was Bruce Moore who blessed us with including us in his blog "Westbound on the TransAm: 93 Days Discovering America" here. He was fascinated with the SatRDay, which was fascinating to me as we had just spent a lot of time on that bicycle's maintenance and road repairs. His blog has great pictures which I appreciated as I had decided to not bring a camera, desiring to spend my time enjoying bicycle touring and not the slow blogging I have done up until now (as this blog post is October 27, 2011, more than a year after finishing my Summer 2010 bicycle trip) and in the past.

The Roster Rock fire was very present, and had posted updates in town. The fire was problematic for us specifically as we had had plans of being in Bend, Oregon, as we needed to pick up a specific thing in that town, being delivered on a fixed timeline. We were significantly diverting just to go there.

In Sisters, we were directed to camp in the city park Sisters State Park. This tradition was apparently well established as there were many bicyclists traveling through. The campground was fair and convenient, but had a lot of motorhomes.

As we were heading into the "high desert" and were definitely in the leeward side of the Cascade Range, in the rain shadow, I was wanting to find greater water storage capacity.

We headed out of town along U.S. Route 20 going southeast toward Bend, Oregon, a city I had heard, in my proposed move to Oregon, four years ago, as the aversive comparative, ".. well it's not like were moving to Bend Oregon!" so my expectations were mixed. A city with a 'reputation', yet also a new city for me.

The passage through the leeward side of the fire was smokey. Occasional stoppages of traffic flow. The views of the Three Sisters volcanic peaks was beautiful, and different than the views I had gotten from the northern aspect from Oregon Route 126 and Santiam Pass. I could definitely identify the three "Faith", "Hope", "Charity" especially as there was signage and markers.

We planned on couchsurfing with Griffin while in Bend. We passed a Flashback Cruz car show which was very crowded and popular (with others) after making our appointed connection. I enjoyed getting to know Griffin and had a great time there. He had arranged for a 'Mexican Night' so his friends came over and shared food.

We left going northeast avoiding U.S Route 97 toward Redmond, Oregon. We saw rural farms, lots of lava rock architecture, and some lamas and alpacas.

Had I know the "Horse Lava Tube System" or the "Redmond Caves" of Redmond were here I would have wanted to explore them, but we didn't. You may see links to them here and here. What I did hear about was the Redmond Canyon, and hearing it was a landfill was not that interesting from a tourist standpoint, but sad for me from a environmental standpoint. We also had logistical difficulty trying to find camping as I was feeling more and more tired, unable to think or plan, and we had to turn around on Oregon Route 126 east, as we found there was a military base east of Redmond, which equalled 'no camping'. Apparently this was the historical site of the "Oregon Maneuver".

The next day, after looking for camping refill supplies and bicycle supplies we took Route 370 to get to Prineville. We went through a beautiful valley with high edges.

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