Our Warm Showers hosts, Lorena and Dick, were kind enough to offer us additional shelter if we wanted to stay in Klamath Falls a little longer, but the weather report pretty much promised nasty weather for most of the next week so we didn't see how we could avoid getting into it at some point anyway.
|I hear the layered look is in.|
We have warm gear, and we figured on hitting Chemult, where there were several small motels. Dick and Lorena gave us additional plastic bags to line the packs. We bundled up in everything we had to wear, and headed out. Roger's computer read 34.6 degrees. Oh boy.
|This is what you do to keep your feet warm. Didn't work.|
We didn't make it half a mile before I decided I needed to have my jacket hood over my head, and not rolled into my collar. Roger also pulled his up. Before too long, I had to pull the skull cap from the pack and add it to the ear covers, visor and hood.
We actually made pretty good time for much of the ride. We had a tailwind for a good portion, and the rain would come and go. It was a great joy when we'd realize "the pavement is dry!" in between the squalls.
|Klamath Lake did not look so blue today!|
We had a break for lunch at the Kla Mo Ya Casino. It was nice to sit out of the rain for a while, and sort of warm up and dry out. My feet were drenched. Too bad about those back fenders, Kathy! Roger's feet were staying much drier - but then, he still has his fenders.
|A bit of hail added to the fun|
Continuing on our way, we had a short hail storm, and then more rain, then a dry spell, and then - the winds turned around. Drat and double-drat!
We'd been tracking our progress, and at 50 miles I felt pretty confident that we'd be done in another two hours. We were making good enough time, in fact, that I was entertaining thoughts that perhaps - if we could keep our pace at 16 to 18 miles an hour - we could be done in an hour and a half. And then the wind shifted, and we slowed to 8 to 10 miles an hour, and I thought, "oh, no! This could go on for two to three hours!" And I really did not think I would be able to do it for three more hours.
And then, like angels from heaven, Lois and Dave in the Subaru with the Sidewinder tandem rack on top drove by slowly, lowered their window, and said, "would you like a ride?"
I was afraid that Roger would say "no - we got this," - but to my everlasting surprise and glee he said "YES!" And so we stopped, and unloaded the tandem, and got it on the car, and they drove us to our motel. Really, what were the odds? A car with a tandem rack on it, out in the middle of nowhere? Hallelujah!
And so we sit now in the warmth and comfort of our motel room, ready for bed, and wondering if it will be snowing tomorrow!
The day's report: Klamath Falls to Chemult, 53 miles/1320 to date