We actually broke the 200 miles per day mark yesterday. We drove from Trinidad to Clearlake Oaks, on the eastern end of Clear Lake on Highway 20. We made one stop along the way when we pulled off of 101 onto a wide turnout and had a quick lunch in the camper. The drive was pretty non-eventful. Make that totally non-eventful. But the weather was great. The sun beating in through the windows almost made the heater superfluous. I actually had my vent open a good share of the way as I was getting too hot in the cab.
I was a little concerned that we might have trouble finding our planned stop at the Island RV Park & Marina. I hadn’t written the address, or even the name or the name of the town it was in, in my notebook nor had I entered any info into the GPS. Hadn’t really planned on going this far. We’d actually intended to stop in Willits but it was so early when we got there that we figured another hour on the road would be a good plan. Of course, by the time we were well on our way, we didn’t pass any likely wifi spots (no McDonalds) so I couldn’t go on-line to get the info. But we plugged away. Just like our pioneer forefathers who, rumor has it, traveled largely without the use of GPS. Just imagine!
I had a pretty good idea that the RV park was in one of the little towns towards the east end of the lake nut I wasn’t sure which one. I knew the park itself was between the lake and a canal. And I knew the name had the word “island” in it. But that’s about all I knew. Well, I also knew that they only charged $25/night, tax included, for a full hook-up site right on the water.
Every little town we hit, I’d slow down and start watching. Finally, we hit Clearlake Oaks, a town name I didn’t even remember seeing on the map. We crawled along and I suddenly saw a street named “Island Drive”. For some reason I knew that had to be it. We turned onto it and passed an RV park but not the right one. Then I saw the sign ahead, “Island RV Park & Marina”. We pulled in, registered, and got all set up.
“Right on the water” parking would have been a lot more enjoyable some other time of the year when we could have sat outside and enjoyed the view. The wind was blowing across the lake at us and it was flat cold! By the time I had all the umbilicals hooked up, I was ready to be inside with the furnace running. But, no matter. We just left the bathroom door open and enjoyed this view through the back window.
But, even as cold as the wind was, we’re still lucky to be here. Called Cody yesterday from Eureka. She said that it’s very cold there and the whole place is covered in snow. Not deep snow (yet) but snow. Brrrrrrr……
Today we’ll drive 98 miles to Lincoln which is near Auburn. There, we’ll meet up with our Westsailing friends Jay and Pam for lunch. Then, it’s off to the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville for the night. That’ll make the total mileage for the day a mere 110 miles. We could go further, and may, but we don’t want to be deep in the bowels of Sacramento when we decide to stop for the night. Besides, after lunch it’ll be getting on towards mid-afternoon, our preferred stopping time.