Saturday, June 5, 2010
Day 6 Canyonville to Eugene (98 miles?)
We did not wake up at the usual time today because Zachary Juarez is not only a handsome athlete with a sense of humor, but also a scholar. (Ladies just leave a comment with your number, he'll get back to you). Zach and I had to wake up at 5 a.m. to drive to Eugene to take the SAT. To make matters worse, Bronx Bagels (a bagel place at one of the random exits before Eugene)did not open until 6:30 so we settled for some breaky at the BK Lounge (Burger King). I dropped him off bright and early at Sheldon High School in Eugene where he managed to get a standby spot so everything worked out. Since the SAT takes like 5 hours I left him and went and fell asleep in front of the nearest Gold's Gym. Unfortunately I did not get second-hand exercise by taking an hour long nap in front of Gold's Gym so I had to go in and actually work out. Post nap and workout I went to Safeway and used the money that Zach won at the Seven Oaks Casino Resort to buy food for the next couple of days. I then picked Zach up, we had some Safeway sandwiches, and we were off to go meet Dad in Cottage Grove so Zach could join him for the last part of today's ride. When we got there my dad said the ride up to this point had been good and that the weather was great. During departure Zach was refusing to ride because he was tired from biking the past 5 days, waking up at 5 a.m., and sitting for a 5 hour long SAT(Well that's original, I'll file that next to the dog ate my homework excuse.) With a little persuasion the Coup d'éZach was squashed and he saddled up for the last bit like a true warrior. While the two were riding I went back into town to find some BioFreeze for the aches of the riders. Unfortunately the only places that seel this magical elixir are closed on the weekend. So, I went back and picked the dudes up and we headed for Casa de Azevedo in Springfield. Since arriving, the service has been terrible; we were forced to eat all kinds of delicious and nutritious foods, sit in a relaxing spa, and sit down at a dinner that put Beauty and the Beast's "Be Our Guest" scene to shame (See pic, it is the aftermath of the feat). However, I think we'll survive. (There is a dessert concoction staring me down right now. I think it is an apple crisp). On a serious note: Zach, my Dad, and I are very grateful for the hospitality shown by the Azevedo family and wish that every place we stayed at was just as wonderful. Everyone is tired so after I battle the apple crisp I shall probably hit the hay (Zach and Dad are already making friends with the couches). Tomorrow we'll be saying goodbye to G.I. Joe-Hagen, Sophie, and the rest of the gang and we'll be heading up to Hillsboro.