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  • Day24

    Crater Lake - we made it!

    October 1, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    What a day...! The tortures of camping in below 0°C were totally worth it!
    So we woke up this morning, - 4°C, cloudy, tent frozen... Difficult to make breakfast as our hands were freezing cold... Luckily, we had to start with a climb of 500m which warmed us up a little. The North entrance road up to Crater Lake was closed, but we could pass anyways with our bicycles. This was actually pretty cool as we were all alone - no cars or people! - on the way up. And it started clearing up, so we rode through a winter wonderland 😀
    By the time we reached the top, the sun was out and we could enjoy stunning views of Crater Lake, surrounded by snowy cliffs of the crater. Absolutely amazing!!
    We met some National Park officers and expected some trouble. However, they didn't seem to care that we cycled on a closed road, waved and wished us a great day. So we continued our exclusive semi-circle around the lake and stopped at every viewpoint.
    Once we got to the historical Crater Lake Lodge, we got a coffee to warm up. We must have looked completely frozen as the waiter wouldn't let us pay for it. Nice guy!!
    We then rolled downhill towards Prospect with great views of some nearby volcanoes, Rogue River Gorge, rivers and lakes. Kind of crazy that it took us about 1.5 hours to lose all the metres we had climbed during the 3 days before... But we are actually happy to be in lower altitude again. At Lost Creek Lake where we camp it's about 13°C and sunny 🌞
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  • Day26

    The freeway adventure

    October 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    This morning started nice and warm (indoors) and Geoff spoilt us again with a Shakshouka for breakfast. Afterwards, we were ready to climb a pass along an old highway for about 20km. At the top, we ate some of the delicious homemade bread we got from Geoff. We could also see California already and - as we had heard before - the weather was indeed nicer and warmer!
    We then had a bit of an adventure ahead of us: we had to cycle on a freeway for about 10km as there was no decent alternative route South. So we courageously turned onto Interstate 5. Straight away, there was construction work going on and only one lane was open. So instead of taking the shoulder, we had to share the road with the cars and trucks. Luckily, it was all downhill (about 6%), so it was over quickly (we could go about 60km/h). What an adrenaline rush! We thought about likely radio news in Germany about 2 crazy suicide cyclists on an Autobahn. But here, the construction workers even waved at us happily.
    The rest of the day was relatively easy up and downhill with flat part and finally set up our camp in the National Forest near Weed.

    We also completed the 2000km today. So far:
    2035 km
    117h on the bike
    21304 m uphill climbing
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  • Day25

    Cycling to Ashland

    October 2, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    When we got up it, was again pretty cold (5°C) but luckily the sun came out fast.
    We cycled through a calm and beautiful valley along some typical American farms. As marihuana is legal in Oregon, we passed lots of marihuana fields. On all fruit orchards we've seen before the pickers were from Mexico or some other Latin American country. Not so on the weed fields. All pickers were white skinned and more or less kind of surfer guys 🤔
    We arrived in Ashland early afternoon. After a short stop in the city center, which is really pretty, we continued our trip to our warmshowers host Geoff. He made a very delicious pasta dish and told us about his boat trip around the Eastern part of the US.
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  • Day23

    Heading further South

    September 30, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 4 °C

    After a relaxing Saturday that we spent watching a cross country race and having a family dinner, the weather was good enough to head further South. So we packed up our stuff and left Bend. It was actually pretty cold (between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius), had snowed during the night and didn't get any warmer all day. The landscape was still nice and we cycled for about 100km before pitching our tent for the night, cooking dinner and crawling into our sleeping bags to warm up again.Read more

  • Day43

    Short stopp in Portland

    August 4, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

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    After a workout and stop at Cannon Beach 🏝 we went to buy new sleeping pads. Our mattress (RIP) is gone... 😫 and for the rest of the trip we definitely needed new ones. After getting two pads at the sales 🤩😅 we took of for the next stop on our road-trip - Portland. Just south of the city we found a nice rest area to sleep. And thank good the new pads are still working!
    In Portland we visited the UPS store to send the broken mattress back to amazon. We have never done something stupid like that! Amazon is paying 160$ for the shipping of a 75$ worth broken mattress, to destroy it anyway, instead of relaying on our pictures and just refund us the money for the mattress 🙁😂. Weird story - welcome to the world of online shopping 😨.
    After that we went through town, saw the Pioneer Courthouse and Square, the Steel Bridge and a market right at the waterfront.
    We weren’t flashed by the city, so we decided to head back to the coast towards Lincoln City and further south towards Florence 🏝😍.

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    Nach einem kleinen Workout und Zwischenstopp am Cannon Beach 🏝, haben wir uns heute eine neue Luftmatratze gekauft. Unsere Matratze hat nun für immer das Zeitliche gesegnet 😫. Da wir für den Rest der Reise unbedingt neue Matratzen brauchen, fuhren wir los. Nachdem wir zwei Pads im Sale 🤩😅 bekommen hatten, machten wir uns auf den Weg nach Portland, der nächsten Station unseres Roadtrips. Südlich der Stadt fanden wir am Abend einen schönen und kostenlosen Rastplatz zum Schlafen. Und Gott sei Dank funktionieren die neuen Pads auch noch nach der ersten Nacht!
    In Portland besuchten wir zunächst den UPS Store, um die kaputte Matratze an Amazon zurück zu schicken. Wir haben noch nie etwas so Unnötiges und Dummes gemacht! Amazon zahlt uns lieber 160$ für den Versand der 70€ teuren kaputten Matratze, um diese dann sowieso zu zerstören, anstatt nach unseren Bildern zu urteilen uns einfach nur das Geld für die Matratze 🙁😂 zurückzuzahlen. Seltsame Geschichte - willkommen in der Welt des Online-Shoppings 😨.
    Danach fuhren wir durch die Stadt, sahen das Pioneer Courthouse und den dazugehörigen Square, die Steel Bridge und einen Markt direkt am Wasser.
    Wir waren nicht von der Stadt selbst Mega begeistert und beschlossen daher zurück an die Küste nach Lincoln City und weiter südlich nach Florenz zu fahren 🏝😍.
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  • Day43

    A shower and another night at the coast

    August 4, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

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    After three days without a proper shower and the possibility to clean ourselves and our belongings properly, we finally found out, that some State Park Campingareas offer 2$ showers for non-campers 🤩. That’s us!!! The guy at the reception also told me other important things to know when driving down US-101 and camping along the way. He told us about a Rest Area north of Florence, which is our destination for tomorrow, where we can stay another free night car-camping. We arrived at 10pm and the place was absolutely empty - not one other car, kind of creepy but we stayed anyway. Right by the coast, sleeping in we heard the sea rushing 🌊.

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    Nach drei Tagen ohne eine ordentliche Dusche und die Möglichkeit alle Klamotten und das Geschirr ordentlich zu waschen, fanden wir endlich heraus, dass manche State Park Campingplätze für Nicht-Camper Duschen gegen einen kleinen Betrag von 2$ anbieten! 🤩 das waren eindeutig wir!
    Der Mann an der Rezeption des Campingplatzes informierte mich ausserdem über alles weitere Wissenswerte für einen Roadtrip die Westküste und den Highway 101 runter. So hilfreich! Er erzählte mir von einer Rest Area kurz vor Florence (unserem nächsten Zwischenstopp), wo wir kostenlos schlafen könnten. Um 22 Uhr kamen wir dort an, stocken düster und menschenleer 😂. Etwas beängstigend aber dennoch verbrachten wir dort die Nacht mit Meeressrauschen im Hintergrund 🌊.
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  • Day19

    In and around Bend

    September 26, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    In the morning, we had a tough decision to take. As the weather forecast predicted snow for the weekend and we had planned to camp at about 2000m, we decided to rest in Bend for a few days and wait for a good weather window at the beginning of the week to continue our way South.

    It's actually not a bad area for some rest days, as it offers countless outdoor activities. So first of all we went hiking along Deschutes River with Jen, our host, and her dog Luke. We also got some nice views of the nearby volcanoes (Sisters, Broken Top, Mt Bachelor).
    In the afternoon, we explored Bend with its Breweries and parks.
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  • Day42

    Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach

    August 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

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    After a night at a Walmart parking spot in the car 🚘 without air in our mattress we head down to the beach to get some workout and body stretching 🙆🏼‍♀️. We also enjoyed a nice view of the Oregon Cost as well as a “sea-shower” - backpacker’s life: camping in the car, no real showers and no cold drinks or hot food 😂

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    Nachdem wir unsere erste Roadtrip-Nacht im Auto auf einer kaputten Matratze auf einem Walmart Parkplatz verbracht haben, mussten wir erstmal Richtung Strand um ein kleines Workout für den steifen Körper zu machen. Zusätzlich hatten wir eine tolle Aussicht auf den Haystack Rock und nahmen eine kleine Meerdusche 😍😅. Das Leben eines Backpackers: schlafen im Auto um Geld zu sparen, keine wirklichen Duschen, weder kalte Getränke noch warmes Essen 🙈😅.
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  • Day18

    From rain to sun

    September 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Today we cycled great forest roads - pretty hilly and exhausting, but not much traffic. It rained all morning which didn't make it any easier. Luckily, it cleared up so we could take off our rain clothes for the climb in the afternoon. We passed Detroit, OR, a nice little town next to a beautiful lake before searching for a campspot again. As many campgrounds close by end of September, it's getting more and more difficult to find a nice place for the night.Read more

  • Day15

    Trout Lake to Hood River

    September 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    The trip from Trout Lake to Hood River was fast, basically 40km just rolling downhill. After the downhill part, we got to the bridge crossing the wide river from White Salmon, Washington, to Hood River, Oregon, our second state in the US. It's an old steel bridge and neither cyclist nor pedestrians are allowed to cross. So we had to catch a ride. Luckily, a guy stopped to give us a lift. He had seen us standing in the rain (it rained again all day), with our bicycles and luggage, so he had gone home to his 2 kayaks, he had on his pickup, came back and picked us up. There's really some amazing people here!!
    We liked Hood River in general. It has so many outdoor sports opportunities like kite surfing, mountain biking, skiing plus people were relaxed. As it was still raining, we had a long coffee break to warm up again first. Afterwards, we did extended grocery shopping as we needed to fill up and then went to our warmshowers hosts Sarah and Jon. Both were great company, so we shared some stories before going to sleep comfortably in their guestroom in the shed.
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