We had more fun on day 2 of our vacation: we bicycled in the opposite direction this morning, putting the hill at the beginning instead of the end of the ride. It might have also had us going downwind by the river — if there’d been any wind. Another shorter ride this evening put us at 49 miles, in total. We’re way ahead of schedule to hit 100.
We swam at the pool, went down the slides, and soaked up the sun. I even read some.
This evening, we visited Goody’s for milkshakes and ice cream. Mmm… :-)
Before I pedaled off to work this morning, I recorded the stats my cycle computer acquired during our vacation.
Actual Time Moving
8.1 miles per hour
23.3 miles per hour
There is a big asterisk after the distance because these numbers only include the miles (1) biked on my bike and (2) while the cycle computer was working. We rented a tandem bicycle for Melissa to ride after her detour. As it turned out, Ashley and Heather rode it most, with Melissa riding Lilly, Heather’s bike. Regardless, I ended up riding it for a couple of round trips between the village and the cabin. I also rode a short loop with Jamison. All of that probably adds up to eight miles. I also know the cycle computer’s magnet got misaligned for the first few miles of our ride on Sunday. Thus, the week’s total was somewhere between 95 and 100 miles. Not bad.
The average speed is low for a couple of reasons:
It averages in the time we pushed our bikes through the village. Assuming it averages over time, this could be significant.
Today was our last day of vacation. We checked all the drawers, cupboards, and cabinets, packed up the car, trailer, and car-top carrier, but weren’t quite ready to say goodbye.
So we went for a last bike ride. We rode by the cabin where Melissa learned to ride a bike, so many years ago. We made one last trip to the Sunriver village, where the kids took one last (okay, two last) rides on the bumper cars and made sneaky gift purchases in the toy store, I wandered through the art gallery, and we all took another taste of Goody’s goodness.
Of course, we posed for pictures everywhere. I couldn’t really choose my favorites, so here’s a bunch.
Now we’re home, the car is unpacked, the car top carrier is stowed in the garage, and the borrowed trailer is returned. The washer and dryer are running full speed and we’re dragging around half-fast.
The week starts tomorrow on a Tuesday. Not a bad way to start the week. :-)
Today our agenda was simple: go on a bike ride with Melissa. So we did.
We rode by the Meadows golf course and then both river loops to the footbridge, crossed it, and sat by the river. Back across the river, on the bank under the bridge were some kids singing and enjoying the reverberations. They had a net and were hunting something in the water.
When we yelled, “Hey a crawdad!” they told us to wait. They ran across the bridge with their net and caught it just like that. When asked, they said they were going to eat it. Now they had three. Ha!
We rode back to the lodge and then the village and ate lunch at the Mexican joint. Yummy!
Although it was late afternoon, we decided a swim was in order. It was plenty warm and later in the day means less burning sun.
In the evening, we went to a magic show by G.G. Green. It was a lot of fun and family-friendly. Jamison got to help with a couple of tricks. And I put G.G. in a straitjacket. I suspect we’re going to see renewed interest in magic at the Logan household.
Our vacation is almost over. The girls are off to the village to enjoy their last night in Sunriver. Tomorrow we’ll get in one last bike ride to hit our mileage goals. Maybe we’ll take another trip to Goody’s to cap off our vacation. Mmm… :-)
Today our main goal was to raft down the Deschutes River. In preparation, I picked up the rafts and scouted the route by bike. We’d leave the car at the bridge and my bike somewhere along the river, somewhere that made sense. We could get out at the marina, the footbridge, circle 7, or maybe even above the waterfall. I figured we’d make it to the footbridge, so rode my bike there and had the rest of the family pick me up on the way to the bridge.
Everyone else packed water bottles, sunscreen, pretzels, and watermelon, and made sandwiches to eat somewhere along the way.
Suzi and Jamison were lagging after a short stop, so the rest of us paddled near shore and got caught in an eddy. Imagine our surprise to discover (or be discovered by) friends Darren and Kim also vacationing from the Portland area. We ate our sandwiches while Darren and Jamison played MacGyver on the raft with duct tape.
We made it to the marina. The river flows so gently that a slight breeze made a significant impact on our pace. We were ready to stop.
Ashley, Heather, and I walked back to the bridge, retrieved the car, and picked everyone else up. After dropping off the rafts, the trailer, and changing into something dry, Heather and Ashley delivered me to my bike so I could ride it back. So much for needing a vehicle at both ends of the ride.
After supper, it was time for a trip to Goody’s for ice cream, milkshakes, and sundaes. Mmm… :-)
Today, we played putt-putt golf and bumper cars. We didn’t keep score for either activity, just had fun.
Then we went to the pool, a first for this vacation with mom and Melissa (with yesterday getting thundered out). My sore wrist from yesterday’s activities (either starting on the slide or signing my name) was much better.
We celebrated Heather’s birthday (again, or maybe still) at Olive Garden in Bend.
Day four of our vacation was thankfully uneventful, at least in comparison. A storm thundered through (though no rain), closing the swimming pool. We retreated to Pastini in Bend to enjoy a wonderful meal.
It was a perfect day to take more pictures of clouds. The last three are by Jamison. I like his eye. :-)
Melissa was still in the hospital with Suzi keeping her company, so Ashley, Heather, Jamison, and I settled into our routine: visiting the Sunriver mall for food, spending hours at the pool, and biking by the Deschutes River. Because Suzi had the car, we biked everywhere.
Because it was Heather’s birthday, we added in a couple of extra stops: one for mochas/smoothies and another at the Sunriver Lodge for an afternoon snack. Mmm…
Good news! Melissa was released in time for Heather’s birthday celebration.