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US 20 Journey 2010
2011 - Day 19 - June 6
Burns to Bend, OR
A day from High Desert to the edge of the Cascades.
A few miles west from Burns.
This from their website:
The need for the corrals became apparent when wild horse and burro populations on public lands increased to such numbers that more intensive management became necessary. Animals removed from the Oregon range are brought here and prepared for the adoption program.
A mural on the side of one of the work buildings.
Some of the approximately 150 wild horses here at the moment. They sometimes have up to 1,000 horses here.
The high desert is full of flowers. At first glance from the road, it doesn't appear that way. Taking to foot, it is an amazing wonderland of color scattered amongst the sagebrush and bare ground.
One of the few places on the map between Burns and Bend. Hampton.
This was all there was.
The next place was Brothers. Post Office, cafe and groceries all in one.
Passed this on the road and then turned around, drove passed and pulled over at a turnout to get some pictures. I thought maybe he'd stop at the pullout, but he continued down the road. When I checked his website, I learned that he grew up in upstate NY! I wished he would have stopped so we could have talked a bit.
The last place on the map before Bend. Millican. All but deserted.
Pilot Butte in Bend with the Cascade Mountains in the background.
The view from the top of Pilot Butte. A road goes from 20 to the summit. The Cascade Mountains in the distance, from left to right are: Broken Top, South Sisters, Middle Sisters and North Sisters.
Walkway along the Deschutes River in Bend.
Good reception, again, to the program I presented at the Bend Library.
After my program, I was walking out of a Safeway store when this guy walking toward me points and says, “King of the Road.” He looked familiar, like maybe he was at my program, thus the comment, so I asked if he was. “No,” he replied.
“Then why did you say King of the Road?”
“Your hat, the way the brim curves down. You know the song, King of the Road.”
“Yes, by Roger Miller.”
He smiles, holds out his clenched fist for me to tap with my clenched fist.
“You're a kindred spirit,” he tells me.
I tell him about my journey on 20. How I've been traveling on the road for almost three weeks.
“It's almost like I knew. Tapping into some force,” he tells me.
“You wear it well. Safe journeying,” he says as he walks away.
Three more days to go. I'm amazed that it is almost over.