Last day in Oregon…

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…and we’re goin’ back to Cali, Cali (cue the LL Cool J music)…

I’m going to give you a quick rundown of where we’ve been. I haven’t been doing much in the way of pictures because when it’s 90+ degrees everywhere we go, I either don’t feel like filming or it’s pretty dark by the time we’re outside.

Eugene, Oregon

We stayed at a small park that also had tent camping. It had a nice pet area, where the dogs were able to roam off-leash. Other than that, it didn’t have much going for it. There was no shade, and tiny, tiny strips of grass between each spot.

However, it was nice riding between the park and all the spots in Eugene. We ate at a place called Govinda’s; it’s a vegetarian buffet that happened to have an all-vegan menu that night.

The next day we went to yet another weekend market, and I have to say I’m pretty much over those. They’re crowded and noisy and have a bunch of stuff I would probably never buy. I think that unless “Farmer’s” is specifically mentioned in the name, I’m going to bypass these from now on. We and had lunch at a vegan restaurant called Cornbread Cafe. I tried something new again–I had an oat burger with tempeh bacon and vegan ranch dressing on a gluten-free bun made by a local bakery. Ryan had hush puppies, tofu fish fillets, breaded southern-fried tofu and seitan steaks. Oh, and he had cinnamon roll cake.

We stopped at another Fred Meyer (or Freddy’s as the locals call it) for some groceries. I’m gonna miss that store.

We only stayed for 2 days, and then we moved on to

Canyonville, Oregon

This is a little town with a casino called Seven Feathers that has an attached hotel. The casino is larger than some of the others we’ve been to lately. It has a huge bingo room upstairs. It also has an indoor pool and spa and an arcade. I think there were some restaurants too, but we didn’t try the food there.

The town itself has a museum, and small grocery store and a few other shops. There’s also a very long, nice road that goes east and we took a 23-mile bike ride on it through some beautiful rural areas.

The RV Park is on the other side of the freeway from the casino, with a 24-hour shuttle between the two. I have to say that this was one of my favorite parks in Oregon. It’s very well-kept and quiet. The spaces have a nice grassy area with picnic tables and are very level. There are also other picnic tables and barbeque grills, some fire pits, laundry, and a fitness center. They also have a business center with computers and internet available. They also had a beautiful indoor pool and spa, which meant we were able to use it regardless of how hot it was outside–no worries of sunburn. We stayed in Canyonville for 4 days.

Grants Pass, Oregon

This is our last stop, our current location, and the place we leave from in the morning to cross the border back into California. The RV park, while it has a Grants Pass address, is right on the border of Rogue River, which is about a 10-mile bike ride from Grants Pass proper. Due to the heat we only went to Grants Pass on the weekend, first thing in the morning, to get some errands done. We stopped at various grocery stores including another trip to my Oregon favorite, Freddy’s. We met an interesting character who said he grew up in Pescadero, CA on a farm that his family owned. He was seriously trying to recruit us to defect to Oregon. He was trying to give us both tips on where to find jobs and how cheap it was to live (he claimed we could buy a house for about $160,000 or rent a place right on the river for about $450 per month). We explained that we are travelers, and he thought that was cool. By the way, the conversation started because of our e-bikes. It often does; they are quite eye-catching. I will try to remember to take a picture of them someday, fully decked-out with our shopping gear. =)

As for Rogue River, it’s bigger than it originally appeared. It has a grocery store within walking distance from where we stayed, and several restaurants, what looked like a performing arts theater, and maybe some other stuff. We were mostly outside when it was dark and lots of things were closed. It also has a nice park, with a little beach where people waded into the water and fished, and a boat ramp. There is a very long trail that I walked [part of] one night when it finally dropped below 90 degrees by 7:00. The pictures you see below are from my walk–they’re dark, because it was close to sunset.

I liked the RV park we were in. It was right on the river, and the people managing it were super friendly and helpful. It also had a very nice grassy dog area. As with most dogs, ours love grass and think it’s a special treat to do their business on it. I’ve included some pictures of the park itself, lit up in the evening, which I found very pretty. It’s called Bridgeview RV Park, and I’d recommend checking it out if you’re in the area with an RV.

I’d say the most frustrating thing about staying there was being right next to that river in all this heat, but in a place where the current was too swift for swimming.

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