Day 64 – Redmond, OR – Rest Day
Day 65 – Redmond to Rainbow, OR – 65 miles
Who knew when we approached Sandy and Gretchen in Carey, ID that it would lead us to meeting Sandy’s husband and Gretchen’s dad, Slim, in Redmond, OR. Slim and Sandy have been bicycle touring for almost 20 years and it all started in Alaska when they were considering touring the country on Harley Davidson’s until a buddy of theirs told them about how he toured on bicycle and the all familiar thought of “if he can do it, I can surly do it”. One visit to a bike shop later, plus add in a cross state tour and they were hooked.
Slim recalled many of their rides across and around the USA but unfortunately due to a knee replacement and rehab his next tour, perhaps across Washington, is on hold for now. We were thankful though as Slim and Sandy opened up their home to us for a couple nights and even treated us to a couple meals; THANK YOU!
Random run-ins like this is the #1 best part of touring across America; on bicycle you are non-threatening and approachable, plus it seems that people are anxious to help. I love it.
Eating anything you want for 2-3 months has been great as well and the #2 best part 🙂