Day 8-Fire and Water

We were lazy this morning and left late…around 9:00 am.  Sleep felt good.  We left Redmond and climbed yet another summit.
At first the ride was through the familiar farm scenes but with a backdrop of the mountains known as the Sisters.
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We had to cross the Cascade Range.  What a spectrum of landscapes we were to see.  We took the scenic route over McKenzie Pass which was a lush road lined with ferns, wildflowers and wild Rhododendrons.

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We soon encountered nature’s rath.  At the top of the summit, was a volcanic flow from Mt. Washington.

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Our poor bike is so dirty but looks great with the forest background.
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A crow seemed to be following us along the winding road.
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We reached the Oregon coast at Newport.
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We made our way down to Bandon, a beautiful seaside village.
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Our hotel has a great view of the harbor. Our room is on the second floor all the way on the right.
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We had a delicious dinner of crab stuffed mushrooms and clams in a garlic butter wine sauce. Yes, Tom ate seafood! We finished the meal with a beautiful sunset and a new dessert-Russian cream. We have got to find this recipe.
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We took a long all along the pier and took the pic below. Yes, it’s grainy because I refused to use a flash.
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A beautiful end to a beautiful day.

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