Our road trip continues with a stop near Bend. This great image of an approaching storm was taken somewhere near Pilot Butte.
Without a network of service stations like Rourk's Store a road trip would have been impossible. Central Oregon's pioneers may have been able to live off the land, but an automobile requires frequent refueling. Careful planning must have been required to bridge the distances between fuel sources.
I think there are horse hoof prints in the dust.
We bought gas from one of those pumps. It wasn't as tall as the one in the photo. The owner hand cranked the gas by hand and there was a clear bulb that showed the level of the fuel.
That is all I remember about it. And the owner talked the entire time.
l.e. on 9th August 2011 @ 8:20am