Stranded in Medford: Day 2

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Happy 4th from Medford, Oregon! On a funny note today, we got a call from Crater Lake, since we’re supposed to be staying there right now. In an attempt to save water, they’ve implemented some Draconian conservation measures. For example, they closed the showers. Ewww! They’ve also closed the dump station. Double ewww! And most disturbingly, they’ve closed the public restrooms. So, I can’t really complain too much about being stuck at Homewood Suites since our original accomodations would have had me holding both my bowels and my nose at Crater Lake.

We hobbled into town quite late last night and haven’t attempted to start Das Bus all day. We don’t have another car, but luckily, we have our bikes! We’ve tried to stay in “vacation mode” today, even though we are off the trip binder’s itinerary, and we took a 25 mile bike ride around the area. Medford’s quite beautiful. There are orchards and wineries and lots of scenery to make bike riding a real treat. After the ride, we walked to a nearby park and filmed two workout videos, coming soon. That’s always a fun way to spend time for us, so I’d like to officially call this day a vacation success.


Homewood Suites is a pretty cushy place to be stranded. Our room’s kitchen is much bigger than the RV’s, so we have plenty of space for all our things.The fireworks this evening are too far away, so it looks like we’ll miss them. That’s fine with me; I can take them or leave them.

Tomorrow morning we plan to get up early and drive the RV to the Mercedes repair shop where James thinks a new starter will have us back on the road. Fingers crossed she’ll start in the morning!

After 15 years as an educator in both the public K-12 setting and the University level in Special Physical Education, Stef made the leap to her true passion… the fitness world. She’s currently a personal trainer and wellness coach specializing in seniors, medical conditions, and injuries. Stef loves running, cycling, and being “Mugga” to her two favorite mini-humans — Punky and Marshmallow. ❤️

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