The three of us awoke a bit on the sleepy side because we’d stayed up late chatting, but it was worth it! We packed up and checked out by about 9am, eager to get on the road.
Breakfast was at the Wagon Wheel Cafe and we were sadly underwhelmed by the blasé food. There was plenty of it, but the strawberries on my waffle were canned, the syrup was cheap high-fructose corn syrup, and the sausage was very greasy and full of gristle. Steve and Andy were equally unimpressed. This is the only place in town for breakfast which explains why the food was so bad. Oddly enough, they are rated highly, but everyone mentioned “large servings,” which I guess influences people’s opinion on the quality. Oh well, maybe the regular cook wasn’t working that day!
The distance from Alturas to Medford is only about 3 hours and all of us were thinking of home. We missed our dogs and parrot, and Andy missed his wife and daughter. With that in mind, we high-tailed it towards Oregon, heading through the lovely Modoc National Forest. Although we were thinking of home, the beauty of the ride was foremost in our minds and we enjoyed the sights on the way.
Unfortunately, It wasn’t long after we entered the forest that we passed signs that warned of road construction and delays ahead. Soon we found ourselves slowing to a stop behind a long string of cars. Alternating between completely stopped and crawling along, we began to get very warm with the sun beating down on us. Opening our jackets and taking off our helmets, passed the time watching dumptrucks and other service vehicles driving down the road. Eventually our group of vehicles was escorted through the construction area and dropped off on the other side.
Lava Beds National Park will have to wait
By the time the traffic eased up, we were most of the way through the Modoc National Forest. We wasted at least an hour waiting to get going, and now we really wanted to put some miles behind us. We’d originally planned to visit Lava Beds National Park as an option if we had the time, but the delays ate up that time. We actually started heading down the road to the park before we got the math worked out. It would be 30 minutes in plus the time we spent there, and another 30 minutes back out. It didn’t make sense to rush, so we all agreed to pass on the visit this time. We would make plans to return another time when the park was the focus and not an afterthought.
We rode through picturesque Klamath basin and then up past Lake of the Woods. It was such a lovely ride! Stunning country which ranged from lakes and tree-dotted glades to deep conifer forests and mountain passes. Winding roads were fun to ride and the weather was perfect!
Parting ways and home!
After a razzle-dazzle of a ride on lovely Hwy 140, we left the woods behind and passed an unending stream of beautiful farms and barns with accompanying cattle, horses, sheep and goats to look at. It was wonderful. And yet, we eventually arrived at Eagle Point where we said our goodbyes to Andy and parted company. What a fantastic companion he was!! Steve and I had a super time, and a lot of that had to do with having Andy with us. Great memories and a special bond to last a lifetime. Traveling by motorcycle will do that. 🙂
We got home by about 2pm, fetched the animals and soon we were relaxing and getting used to being home again. It was an awesome trip, and will always be a favorite memory because this was the trip that I learned to take pictures as a passenger on the back of our motorcycle!
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