March 17, 2019
We are starting week two with another resting day. Ron, Meghan, Lynette, and Brenda walked down to the bridge in Mill City to play with the dogs in the calm spot of the river. Brenda and Lynette took lots of pictures of us. After we visited for awhile. Ron and Meghan hiked around the town of Mill City checking out the mountain ranges that surrounded the town. Today was a good day to rest up to prepare to travel again. We ended up hiking 4.5 miles around town.
March 18, 2019
This morning we packed up and Ron and Fonyx headed out around 8:45 am to head out to Idanha and then Detroit. Meghan packed up the camper box and headed over to the post office to ship some Team Ronyx gear. Meghan caught up to Ron and Fonyx just outside of Mill City at the City of Gates. Meghan snapped a few pictures of Ron as we rode past the sign. The route today is a lot of hills. We are trying to make it 32 miles to the Idanha Country Store. After we got out of Gates we went to the Niagara Park. We took a brief break and took the dogs down to the view point. Ron left on the road again while Meghan sat at the park. He traveled 13 miles to the Detroit Dam Viewpoint. It is a lot of hills for Ron to travel up with not a lot of shoulder to ride on. After a little break, Ron decides to turn in the Bike and Cart for his hiking Pack and both Onyx and Phoenix, The trio headed up highway 22 towards the city of Detroit for 2 miles. Then Ron took out the bike and Fonyx again. Meghan drove ahead and parked at the Detroit State Recreation Area. Once Ron reaches the park, the discuss continuing the trek on the highway for another 7-8 miles to get to Idanha Country Store. They decide to stay at the park to enjoy the scenery. Ron was exhausted from dodging traffic and climbing all those hills. They pay for their spot and park. The scenery is beautiful, there is snow all over and the water level in the Detroit Lake is so low you can see what lies under the lake when it is full. The dogs and Ron play for awhile in the snow while Meghan sets up camp. They hike around the campground and map out a route for Ron to bike to bank up some miles. Meghan contacted Charene who they were supposed to meet in Idanha to let her know that they weren't going that far. Charene offered to come and visit Team Ronyx once they got settled in the evening. Her and her husband and two daughters came down for a visit and brought us some milk since we forgot to get some on our way out of Mill City.
March 19, 2019
We have decided to stay another night, it's beautiful here and Ron wants to ride as many stress free miles as he can around the state park. Team Ronyx heads out to hike around the entire area, they played with the dogs, hiked 6 miles and took lots of pictures. Then Ron biked with Fonyx around the campground. Later in the evening, Ron built a fire in the fire pit and they cooked their supper over the fire. Ron was able to bike over 24 miles and hiked about 9 miles during our 2 day stay. We map out our next destination that night. We are going to try to make it to Marion Forks which is about halfway between Idanha and Sisters, OR.
March 20, 2019
It's the first day of spring and time to move again, we pack up and Ron and Fonyx head out towards Detroit. As Meghan is preparing to leave the campground she receives a message from Sam. A reporter with the Central Oregon Daily News, Sam wants to meet with Team Ronyx to learn about their journey and they decide to get in contact when the team is in Sisters. Once Ron gets to Detroit he calls Meghan and she meets him in town. They discuss their next move, they decide that Meghan should drive ahead and park at the Idanha Country Store and wait for Ron to catch up. Once Meghan is in Idanha she contacts Charene to let her know that she is in Idanha and asks where the store is located. Meghan arrives at the store and goes in for some snacks. Charene and her husband show up and introduce Meghan to the store owners. Ron shows up in about an hour. They all discuss their planned stop at Marion Forks and figure out that the campground they were looking at staying at is probably still inaccessible. Meghan and Ron decide to cash in some banked miles since the shoulders are narrow and the traffic is heavy. Ron drives their tiny home to Marion Forks Fish Hatchery and as suspected, they are not able to get into the campground. They continue to drive out highway 22 to see if they can find a place to park for the night but there isn't anything they could find so they continue onto highway 20 and head into the town of SIsters, OR. They went to the grocery store and grabbed some things they needed and discussed where to go. They were not able to find any open campgrounds (or so they thought) so they headed through town and parked at the Sisters City Park. Once they secured their space, they took the dogs for a walk and explored a little bit of the East side of Sisters. That evening Meghan worked on trying to contact some local news outlets to see if they could set up some interviews to share their story. Meghan sends a text to Sam to let her know that they are in Sisters and they plan to meet the following morning at the Sisters Coffee Company.
March 21, 2019
It's laundry day for Team Ronyx, a week on the road can get pretty dirty! And living in a small space, they don't have room to store dirty clothes. The laundromat is just down the road from where they are parked and they have time to wash and dry their things before they head over to meet with the Central Oregon Daily News. Meghan decides to reach out to some other news outlets while they wait for their things. KTVZ News 21 calls Ron and leaves a message. They want to meet with us too. At 10:30 am we head over to the Sisters Coffee Company to meet with both News outlets. After interviewing and answering questions, Team Ronyx heads over to Shulers Pizzaria for some lunch, they are hungry and looking a little tired from their travels. They have lunch and then walk around town looking at all the shops and giving the dogs some exercise. That evening they discuss their next destination, they decide they will head to Tumalo State Park.
March 22, 2019
Ron and Fonyx headed out highway 20 and Meghan and the Dogs stayed in Sisters. Meghan ran some errands before leaving town. She caught up with Ron about 5 miles outside of town. They leap-frogged their way out to Tumalo. Meghan parked at Pisano's Pizza and waited for Ron to arrive. Once he arrived they decided to go in and get a sandwich. Their meatball subs were delicious! Then we headed to Tumalo State Park where we found our reserved spot and parked for the night. Meghan and Ron walked the loop around the campground to calculate the distance so Ron could bike it and bank the miles. Ron then headed out with Fonyx for several hours biking loops around the compground. Our friends from Redmond drove over to the campground and visited with us around 5:30 pm. They invited us to park at their home in Redmond if we wanted to head over there the next day. Ron thought that would be a good idea to see the area and visit for a day or two. After our friends left, we headed to bed.
March 23, 2019
This morning, Ron got up and headed out the door with Fonyx and the bike again. He began to ride loops around the campground. He was joined by a young man named Xavier T. Xavier asked Ron all about what he was doing and then continued to ride laps with Ron for 5 miles, talking the whole time. It was fun to watch the two ride around the campground. Meghan took Onyx and Phoenix for a walk around the campground. After lunch time, Team Ronyx packed up the truck and headed over to Redmond to Janet and Fran's home. We decided to take a few more days to explore the area and visit before we left the area for the next few months. Once we got to Janet and Fran's we explored their new home, talked with the neighbors and then Fran took Team Ronyx down to the entrance of the Dry Canyon that is right next to their development. Meghan and Ron took a 3 mile hike around the Dry Canyon and then headed back to the house. Once they got back to the house they talked with Janet and Fran about a route around their neighborhood for Ron to bike. Once they figured out the route, Ron and Meghan walked the loop and found that it was exactly one mile. When they arrived back at their starting point, Ron got his bike, cart and Fonyx and headed out to start loops. He rode for 2 hours and banked up 20 miles. Meghan visited and worked on the updating the website, maps and creating the blog. That evening Meghan was able to use a whirpool tub, boy was it nice to relax in a jetted tub for awhile after being on the road for 2 weeks!
Enjoy the pictures below of our week!
Ron, Meghan and their dogs, Onyx and Phoenix are traveling from Lincoln City, Oregon across the US to Cochranville, Pennsylvania to raise money and awareness for service dogs. Ron is traveling by bicycle towing Onyx or his replica statue "Fonyx while Meghan is driving their tiny home. A camper box built to look like a Snoopy Dog House. Meghan updates their progress on the map, social media, pictures, trip status and funds raised. Both have a passion for animals and people who are disabled. Check out our blog to learn more!
Dog Blog, Travel, Tiny Home, Off Grid Living, Service Dogs, Fundraising, Bicycling Cross Country, Traveling with Dogs