Any Pot in a Storm | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Any Pot in a Storm

In terms of rest stops the drive between Madras and Sandy is not exactly target rich. That's why were scratching our collective heads at the idea of shutting down the public rest strop at Government Camp, AKA, the only public restroom on the long stretch of road between Central Oregon and the Valley. The move is reportedly a cost-saving measure for ODOT, which operates the facility and says it can save roughly $7,500 a month by shuttering the bathrooms. Of course only ODOT could find a way to spend $7,500 on a 50-year old bathroom that looks like it hasn't been cleaned since the Carter Administration. But we digress. When nature calls, you're not going to quibble over whether the urinal cakes have been changed or the floor recently mopped. Yes, the Govy Camp bathroom is one where were hold our collective breath for the duration of the visit. But we'd rather be holding our breath than the alternative. While a new facility is reportedly set to open in Zig Zag in the next year or two, the closing of the only functioning facility feels a little vindictive.

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