|Mt. St. Helens|
We were about 16 miles south of Bend. The driver dropped the car at the Mercedes dealership and took us to our night’s lodging. Every motel I contacted had no vacancy so we ended up renting a room on Airbnb. The next morning (Wednesday), our Airbnb host dropped us back at the Mercedes dealership. When the service department was finally able to assess the problem with our tires, we were told that we needed a minimum of two tires and preferably four. He said all were shredding and that these “Run Flat” tires usually last only about 20,000 miles. He also said he hated “Run Flat” tires—a sentiment I share. We had 36,000 miles on our tires.
The tires would not be delivered until Thursday so we had a day of exploration in Bend. This time, there were vacancies at the hotels. We got a room downtown at the luxurious Oxford Hotel. We checked in very early and went exploring. We had lunch at a tapas restaurant called Barrios and walked toward the Old Mill District and the Deschutes River trail. Dinner was fabulous at a Lebanese restaurant called Joolz. We’ve crossed our fingers that the tires will arrive early enough to get installed and get us back on the road to home. We’ve been very lucky so far that our tire failures have happened without disasters and in places where we can be comfortable. Bend is a beautiful small city!
|Deschutes River near the Old Mill District with a distant view of Mt. Bachelor|
|Hiking along the Deschutes River Trail, Bend, Oregon|
|Mt. Shasta from I-97|