Big THANK YOU to our WarmShower host, Mark, for providing a place to stay in Hermiston Oregon last night. It was nice to come in from the heat, get cleaned up and do laundry. Our clothes were starting to stand up on their own with all the salt they had accumulated.
It’s the first day in a week that the temperature isn’t over 100 degrees. It’s only in the low 90s. Still hot, but this is the difference between just being hot and feeling like you’re melting into the pavement. There is a forest fire to the north of us causing considerable haze. The air quality is poor but at least it’s blocking the sun.
We have learned that our friend, Mike, will be in Portland on business next week. We rode with Mike cross-country in 2002. Like us, Mike and his wife Maria, also met on that trip. ♥ Love was in the air that summer!
We were planning on making Portland in 4-5 days, but Mike has convinced us to do it in three. All it took was one text, bribing us with tasty treats, breweries and a hotel room. Mike is one of us, he speaks our language. He knows how to get our wheels turning. We’re 200 miles from Portland at the start of the day.
Sixty miles later, we pull into Roosevelt Washington, a dried up little town of about 150 people. We eat a half gallon of Oregon Umpqua ice-cream at the mini-mart. There hasn’t been a whole lot of cowboy camping opportunities and the closest campground isn’t for 34 miles. The headwinds are picking up and we’re running out of daylight, we’ll never make it. We’ve heard Roosevelt has a park run by the US Army Corps of Engineers down by the river that allows camping for free and it has showers. Sounding too good to be true, we go check it out.
As expected for a Saturday, it’s a little busy, but it’s big enough for everyone to spread out and have their own space. We’re impressed that the showers have hot water. The wind along the river has the added benefit of drowning out the noise. It’s perfect.
We spread out the picnic blanket, break out the bottle of wine we picked up in the Walla Walla wine country and call it a day.