We rode about 540 miles round-trip from Stayton to Crater Lake and back.
^^^Here’s the basic route minus riding the rim drive and backtracking for fuel.
^^^At the Diamond Lake Overlook with Mt. Thielsen in the background
^^^Three Suzukis and a BMW above Crater Lake
^^^Brandon, Marion and Scott climbed down to the cliff edge for photos at 900 feet above the lake
^^^We had five riders in one campsite but didn’t exceed the four-tent maximum because Marion decided to sleep in a blue tarp
^^^Eureka! Midori Solo was a great tent. Easy set-up and plenty of floor space. Sitting up to change clothes I was brushing against the mesh, but that’s no big deal because there’s no condensation.
^^^The vestibule was great for storing all my riding gear and keeping it dry.
^^^Great thing about a solo tent is you never have to share!
Last-minute addition to my gear was a cheap Walmart pillow ($2.50) and I’m really glad I took it. I put the Cocoon inflatable pillow under it. Also, the king-size synthetic down comforter was great. I think the Big Agnes Oak Street Air Pad was very comfortable and never lost any air, but the insulation value was poor. I had the quilt doubled between me and the pad but still felt a bit chilly from below.
^^^Scott gave me a freeze dried dinner. It was actually pretty good. Much better than the MREs we choked down in The Army. I’ll probably take these on my next camping trip.
^^^We ate ate 10 Barrel in Bend on the way home. It was very hot and a long line, but the food was great and worth the wait. Scott and I had the mac ‘n’ cheese…excellent.