Day 7: Rest Day - Willamette Valley Covered Bridges - CycleBlaze

June 26, 2022

Day 7: Rest Day

Today is a rest day in Silverton. A much needed rest day. I felt weak and miserable in the morning.

I had a late breakfast at the Bistro 3 blocks away. The motel cost $362 for 2 nights but it does not serve breakfast and doesn't have an ice machine.

Downtown Silverton, Oregon.
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I appreciate that the motel is in the middle of an interesting town. I wandered extensively through downtown Silverton but never went more than 5 blocks from the motel.

Downtown Silverton.
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Downtown Silverton.
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The bakery is very close to the motel but it was closed when I arrived on Saturday afternoon and closed on Sunday and Monday, so it was never open during my 2 night stay in Silverton.

The bakery is closed on Sunday and Monday.
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Kelly IniguezWe are headed to Woodland tomorrow. They have a restaurant - the Woodland Biscuit Company. It is open only 9-noon on Saturday. That is it.

How do they pay the electric bill, on three hours a week? Forget the rest of their expenses.

Luckily, our B&B suite has a kitchen. We will be cooking.
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I also enjoyed gawking at the historic houses. Silverton seems to be mostly Craftsman style homes built in the early 20th century. It has been a prosperous resort town for more than a century.

Silverton has many Craftsman style houses.
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Silverton.
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Silverton.
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Trinity Lutheran Church in Silverton.
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I went to the little covered bridge again. It has great creek views.

The covered bridge looks like a single wide trailer from this perspective.
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Scott AndersonThis is interesting. I’ve been through Silverton many times but didn’t know this was here. It was added sometime after we moved out of the area.
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Wayne EstesBuilt in 2000. It's not very visible from the main street because the roof of the bridge is at about street level. It is a bridge with a covering, but the structure is all metal. So it's hard to put it in the same category as a historic covered bridge made almost entirely of wood.
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Looking downstream from the covered bridge.
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Looking upstream from the covered bridge.
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In the peak afternoon heat I sat for 1.5 hours in the shade to watch live music as part of a Crafts festival. Attendance was poor because of the hot weather.

Live music for a crafts festival.
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Evening in Silverton. I had breakfast at the Bistro.
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Closeup of the building.
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Dinner was at the Gallon House restaurant. They had a limited menu because it was too hot in the kitchen to run the grill.

I had an after dinner beer at Mac's Place, the oldest building in Silverton, built in 1890. It has been a public house since the 1920's.
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1920's bar at Mac's Place, with the original chillers.
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Today had a high of 95F (35C). Hottest day of the trip. I was glad to spend most of the day in my air conditioned room.

I didn't bike at all today, but I pumped the tires and inspected the bike.

Silverton is a great place for a rest day. I appreciate when the motel is close to restaurants and shops in a charming historic town. I considered taking two rest days during this tour, but decided that Silverton is such a good place for a rest day that I should take only one rest day.

I felt much better in the evening than in the morning. I accomplished my goal of recovering. The previous two days were the most challenging days of the tour. The remainder of the tour is easy in comparison.

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