John sent me these photos of him and his co-pilot out for a spin on a beautiful morning in lovely southwest Oregon.
We went out picking prunes today. They grow wild along the road in a number of places around our area. We dry them and enjoy them over the winter months.
As a point of interest, the Roseburg area (Douglas County, Oregon) has been variously called the “Turkey Capitol of the nation”, “The Prune Capitol of the nation”, and “The Timber Capitol of the nation.” The big turkey sheds are mostly gone now. The big prune orchards are gone but we still have one local commercial prune dryer in operation. The prunes growing beside the rural roads are a residual remnant of our agricultural history. And, finally, timber production in this area is just a shadow of what it was in the booming 70’s and 80’s.
John in Roseburg
Picking prunes along the roadside seems like a perfectly wonderful use for a bicycle built for two.