|Forest fires have been raging in Oregon all summer|
|The Cycle Pub combines "bike riding" and beer drinking, two favorites in Bend|
|Huge plumes of smoke looked like cumulus clouds|
|The Ritchey had once again come along with me|
|A cell tower, Oregon style|
|Cultus Lake on a frigid morning|
|Lava, burned trees, and a Pro|
|The race circumnavigated Mt. Bachelor, twice|
|My moto driver, Jeff, and I take a quick break|
|One of the Sisters mountains and a Cascade lake|
|The Epic course was simply spectacular|
Around 7:30 p.m., with only a handful of runners still on the course, I called it a day. And since it was still too early to go to bed, I made sure to continue sampling the local breweries. Bend is chock-full of them (I managed to visit nine of them during my stay), some with better beer than others. At the top of my list were Silver Moon, GoodLife, 10 Barrel, and the oddly named Crux Fermentation Project, one of the most unusual brewpubs I've been to. Forget about Bend Brewing, and Cascade Brewing is nothing to write home about, either. My moto driver, Jeff, accompanied me on this tour and we had a great evening.
|Crux Fermentation Project, one of Bend's finest breweries|
|Jeff and I living the good life at GoodLife Brewing|
PS: I almost forgot about the blackberries, Judy's favorite when we visited Eugene in 2001.