17 August 2014

The Great Photo Expedition, Day I

So far the Great Photo Expedition is running smoothly.  Pulled away from the curb this morning at 8:00 and made it to Roseburn OR at about 5:00 without mishaps.

I stopped for lunch at the In-and-Out Burger(the best burger chain in the country) in Redding, where i noticed for the first time that quite a few morbidly obese people seem to be extraordinarily well groomed what with immaculately trimmed beards on the men and designer hairdos on the women.  I mean, what’s the point of that if you weigh 450 pounds?

North of Redding the enormity of California’s drought began to sink in.  Alas, the best vistas of Shasta Lake were from the freeway with no place to pull over for a shot, but i took an exit and drove a couple of miles to get this one of an arm of the lake.  Pitiful.

Lake Shasta 2014

 

And here’s Mt. Shasta.  It’s supposed to be snow capped.

Mt. Shasta 2014

 

When i got to Roseburg, i took the central exit to the old downtown district and checked in to a Rodeway Inn for $63.  Wow, what a deal, but when i started Segwaying around, i saw why the price was so low.  The town is crumbling into desolation.  Really sad.  Most of the buildings seem to be vacant.

Downtown Roseburg

Asked a couple of locals where i might get a small but very tasty dinner, but these folks have not partaken in the national spread of foodiness, and furthermore, the upscale place that none of ’em had actually eaten in was closed on Sundays.  Luckily, as i was Segwaying around i spotted a sushi restaurant and realized that, assuming that the fish is fresh and clean (not necessarily assumptions one should leap to) not a whole lot can be done to ruin sushi, and i gorged.

Washed it down with 24 oz. of Sapporo and wobbled back to the motel quite pleasantly stuffed and drunk.

Tomorrow, it’s on to Portland, where i’ll do a few bridges before i check in to my hotel there.

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