After my stay at the Pendleton KOA Wednesday night I headed south and found a nice state park just south of a small town called Ukiah (it's called: 'Ukiah-Dale Forest State Scenic Corrridor'). There were only a few campers, when I arrived. I got talking to the camp host, Carl (a Swedish name, he said). When I told him that I was from Denmark and touring the country, he was pleasantly surprised and informed me that he has a Danish friend, Benny Petersen
. It turned out that Benny had bought not one but two used Harley Davidsons from Carl. Benny lives in Denmark but likes to come over and ride his H-D on long daily stretches (800-900 miles, said Carl). He had 'run' with Benny a couple of times, but Carl's wife did not like the long daily rides. Oregon has no ban on campfires and I bought a big bundle for only $4. Suddenly a bicycle rider arrived, and the three of us got talking. The guy had a couple of days off from work, he said, and had decided to go for a ride in Western Oregon. He had intende to ride 60 miles a day, but the country there is very hilly, so he only made about 30. He camped in road turnouts; there is almost no traffic at night in that part of Oregon. We waved to each other the next day, when I passed him about 16 miles from the campground.
Yesterday I decided to cover a larger stretch, and I ended up at a camp 16 miles southeast of Prineville (called 'Prineville Reservoir State Park'). It overlooks a lake and is fully booked for the Labor Day weekend, so I had to leave it this morning. I then went to a KOA campground (with WiFi!) located between Redmond and Madras only an hour's drive away. Once again I'm sitting in the laundry room and writing but there's no one else here. In a little while I'll go for a swim in the pool. The weather is very pleasant, sunny and warm.
Yesterday late afternoon I was sitting in my chair reading a book when a big animal suddenly came from behind to have a look at my table probably in search of food. I was totally surprised. It was one of a herd of a dozen similar animals that quietly walked across the campground. A bunch of kids that had followed the animals were giggling in the background and one asked, if I was scared. I quickly removed all food, and after a minute or two the animal quietly walked away and joined the others, who also moved on.