For me there is nothing better then exploring a new place. I love the feeling of having never seen a town and then rolling in and having my senses overloaded. I had heard of Jacksonville many times and people would always say, “You have to go, its adorable”.

Adorable doubled is what I determined. You feel like you’ve taken a step back in time. Walking down the main street, makes you want to stroll forever. If only all stores could be so alluring, I got dizzy looking at what people have created.

As we were walking down the main street I saw this huge black dog, which could have been a bear, so clearly we stopped the man walking the dog/bear, and began chatting. After answering all of our questions about his pet he casually mentioned that he was also the mayor of Jacksonville. I was giddy, I mean, have you ever walked down a random street, in a random town, and met the mayor?? Go to Jacksonville as I have a hunch your chances are high and it is all worth it.

The day just kept getting better from there. We kissed alpacas at Rolling Hills Alpacas Farm. Yes, we really kissed them, and they are softer and sweeter then you are probably imagining.

I must say the best part of our day was our lodging at Weasku Inn. The cabins sit above the Rogue River and ours had not only a fireplace, which we immediately lit upon arrival. It also had the Cadillac of tubs. Klaas and I climbed in, and soaked away the saddle soar. Yah, you see it, and it was all of that; the major, the alpaca kisses, the fireplace, and rushing river were all there, with us, relaxing in the tub!

Editor’s Note: Michelle and Klaas are featured in a short film we produced on cycling in Oregon. See the film and learn how they met here.

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