Hard to believe I have already been here in Bend for more than three weeks. I actually have less than a week before I start my Southward travel. Other than being in San Diego, this is the first time I have actually picked one city and spent an entire month. Bend is an incredible place to stay, there is so much to do. October is really considered out of season, as evidenced by the rate here at Crown Villa RV Resort being less than half of the peak season rate. This is really the first time I have stayed in such fancy place. All the sites are huge and you
actually park on paver bricks. Each site has a block storage unit large enough for bikes and about anything else you may have. All the connections are also placed behind a nice block wall as well. They pick up trash and recycling from the sites each day and keep the place up perfectly. If there is any downside, it is that I am not able to get satellite reception from my site (first world problems). But, they do have cable with a ton of channels so it has not really been a big deal, other than really missing my DVR for pausing.
I’ve had the chance to spend time with friends, both old and new. Several other fulltime travelers are actually choosing to settle down for a while in Bend. Easy to see why, the vibe here is amazing. With my friends Dave and Shannon of 2Wanderaway having Bend as their home base I was able to overlap for a few weeks with them. Having lived in Bend for many years, they have been an amazing resource for feeling like a local. They filled me in on all the locals nights and best places to eat. Within a couple days I already felt like I had been here for weeks. It is cool to get to know a town a little more in depth by spending an extended period of time. I can pretty much get around anywhere without the help of Google at this point. The craft beer scene here is excellent. While I have visited many of the breweries in past visits, it is cool to come back to favorites. I arrived just in time for fresh hop season and had some AMAZING wet hop beers. Even attended a very fun fresh hop beer festival called Fresh Hops on the Pond. It was a very chill event and reminded my friend Dave of “old Bend”. Not to mention having the inside scoop on the “unpublished” locals specials. A great friend Brian works for Deschutes Brewing and was able to give a great personal tour around the brewery and introduce us to some of the other great employees. It was awesome, thanks so much Brian! Rather than list all the cool beer spots here, I’ll just direct you to my breweries page on my website. There I keep a running list of all the breweries I visit along with links for those interested. I may be a little more of a beer geek than some, but if anyone else out there is into craft beer I have an app suggestion. Untapped is a great app for finding local beers and better yet a great way to track all the beers you are lucky enough to try. It is in both the Android and Apple app stores and is free, go check it out. It’s also cool to link up with friends so you can see what beers they are trying and where along with what they thought of them. Beer stalking…guess that’s a thing. Anyway, if anyone grabs the Untapped app and signs up, send me a friend request so we can link up and follow each other! My username on Untapped is KuhlmanAZ. I made a milestone while in Bend, having tried 500 unique beers. I only started with Untapped in 2014, so while that does not reflect my entire “beer life”, I had to start somewhere.
I’ve done a terrible job of taking pictures here. I really feel more like I am just “living” here and not visiting. Most of the pictures are just from check-ins for Untapped, weird huh. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. I have explored miles and miles of forest roads all around the Bend area in the Jeep. There was some early snowfall and I was able to get out and play in the Jeep in the snow several times. Somehow I have to get better at capturing the places I go and things I do. Getting caught up the moment has always been a “problem” for me. On a backroad near Elk Lake, I had the Jeep plowing through 2′ of fresh snow and was fearing for whether or not I could make it further or even turn around. Of course, after it was all done and I was back in less snow I thought to myself “shit, why did I not get the drone or GoPro out for that?”. It was not something I could recreate, it was over. That is one of the tough parts of being just on my own, nobody to tell me to
capture this stuff. CC does a terrible job as a video producer or director. Hopefully, I’ll get better, so sorry for the lack of cool photos. The mountain biking has also been totally incredible. There are endless miles of well-groomed trails all around Bend. While they are known for not being overly technical, they are my kind of trails. Plenty of climbs to get the heart pumping and crazy fun downhills that make you want to take the climbs again and again. It’s cool being around long enough that I can take rides more than once, some several times, to where you start to learn the downhills and keep improving and having more fun each time. On a couple occasions, I was able to ride with groups, which highlights the fact that I am not a great rider. Spending time with people that have different bikes for different trail types and ride every day is very humbling. Still fun though. What I have not done is any hiking. Anytime I have gone out I just really feel like being on the bike. There are a ton of trails in the area, just did not make it happen.
This last week I am also swallowing a painful pill. The Black Pearl is due for tires….ouch. While the Seneca is 2013, the tires are date coded 1149, which means there were manufactured on the 49th week of 2011. Pretty common for RV and chassis manufacturers to buy huge batches of tires. This means your tires could already be 1-2 years old when you get a new RV. There are many competing arguments about tires and when to replace them. Some say they can last 10+ years and still be fine, some say 5 years and they age out. I have always been sort of in the middle. My tires are basically 6 years old next month and that feels like the time to replace them to me. I have had people tell me I am crazy to replace them so early, but I just tell them I have owned RVs since 1995 and do not have a single tire problem in all those years. Anyway, I am taking advantage of there being no sales tax here in Oregon. When the tires are $499 a piece, that is s BIG chunk of savings over waiting to do them in Arizona this winter. Tires are just a fact of RV life.
The weather this week has turned awesome once again with highs in the 60s and low 70s. I have once again been hitting the MTB trails and might even squeeze in a hike. It actually is a little sad to be leaving. Time has flown by. I have a feeling that this will not be my last stay in Bend. Even so, I am excited for the next few weeks. Have some exciting upgrades coming on the Rubicon that I can’t wait to share. I’m excited to get to stop in and visit some great friends for a few days in Califonia as well. Also, Disneyland is calling my name and I shall be reunited with Mickey in just a matter of weeks. Then it is on to Arizona to spend time with family and friends….good times all around.This entry was posted in Blog and tagged beer, bend, brewery, craftbeertravel, fulltime, gorving, kuhl, kuhlodyssey, livingthedream, nomadlife, oregon, rv, rvblog, rvlife, rvtravel, seneca, trek, xscapers by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.