6/2/2014 – End of the Trail (for now)

Tionesta, CA to Silverton Hills, OR: 313 miles (~6 hours)

Total miles since San Carlos: 1800 (9 days, 200 miles per day avg.)

Sorry to leave you all hanging.  I arrived at Cody’s house, the end of my trip last Thursday.   I left Hawk’s Nest RV Park in Tionesta, CA bright and early, like 5:30 or so.  It was cold.  I think the outside thermometer was registering 31 degrees.  Passed through Tulelake, CA (Home of the Honkers) but downtown was off the main road so I kept going until I got to Merrill, OR, where I stopped at a duck-hunting-themed restaurant for some breakfast (chicken fried steak and gravy, eggs, home fries).

I’d pretty much decided that I was ready to go the whole distance before stopping.  It was only about a 5.5 hour trip to Silverton and I really didn’t need to explore this part of Oregon as I already have a pretty good handle on it.  I was looking forward to getting to see Lulu again and to have someone to talk to besides myself.  Looking forward to seeing the kids and grandkids, too.

I really enjoyed the trip through Klamath Falls, over Willamette Pass (Hwy. 58), through Oakridge and down into Eugene.  It was such a nice change to have grades that were civilized enough that I could actually climb them in 4th gear.  Once I got to Eugene I was kind of stuck on Interstate 5.  However, I could only stand it for a little while and bailed out at the first exit that gave me a reasonably fast route but was still pretty and 2-lane.  Probably added no more than 10-15 minutes to my trip.

It’s good to be back at Cody & Scott’s.  We spent the first couple days shopping for and buying a car.  Cody and Scott always try to make sure we have some wheels but it’s a hassle.  We decided we really needed to find our own $2000 car to use whenever we’re here.  Ended up with a high mileage but otherwise very nice ’96 Toyota Camry.   It’s not really us but it is comfortable.  It’s sort of the Buick of Japanese cars.  That is, it’s a comfortable grandma and grandpa car.  But, I guess since we are  grandma and grandpa it’s OK.  We’ve still got Flipper for when  we need to let our freak flag fly a little bit.

Hey, look!  Grandma and Grandpa are here!

Hey, look! Grandma and Grandpa are here!

Lulu, just being the aforementioned Grandma:


And here’s Flipper, all settled in and waiting for the next leg of the adventure.  And looking forward to some well-deserved maintenance and improvements.


While we’re here, unless something particularly interesting happens, don’t expect updates too frequently.  Probably one a week will be about right.

Everyone have a good summer.


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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14 Responses to 6/2/2014 – End of the Trail (for now)

  1. Jim says:

    Enjoy your summer Steve and LuLu. I have enjoyed following your adventure. You have an interesting view of Mexico that is entertaining. I have not been down in a while but I am looking forward to going there soon. Your detailed reports make me feel like I was just there a short while ago.
    Let us know what your first summer swim is like when you head to the coast.


    • sryoder says:

      You’ll be waiting a LONG time before you get a report of me dipping my body in the Pacific Ocean anywhere north of Puerto Vallarta. I’m no dummy. That water is COLD!

  2. Sandy Holeman says:

    Congratulations on getting back to Silverton, Steve. Nice to see Lulu and your beautiful granddaughter. We sure did enjoy making the trip with you (vicariously) and will miss your regular blogs. But you certainly deserve a vacation.

  3. Our daughter drove a 92 Camry of that exact same color through high school and college. I think your freak flag can still fly with pride in that rig.

  4. Welcome home(-ish) Steve! We’re glad the drive was relatively uneventful and that Flipper served you well. Lulu looks as content as can be with that babe in her arms! Miss you guys!
    – Katie and Mark

  5. CenturyLink Customer says:

    Glad you all made it safely. Look at that sweet baby girl and beautiful Lulu. Vickie

  6. JanetJones says:

    Hi! Welcome back to Orygun! Looking forward to saying hello soon~ Janet

  7. strdon says:

    Ok. I finally read through the last leg of your journey. You are too foo foo about the Toyota Camry. Tis the everyman’s car, and (at least I) see you as an honorary everyman.

  8. MWhite:LittleCunningPlan says:

    Where did you find our daughter’s car? We thought we sold it to someone else. That thing got her through highschool AND college, in spite of the mushrooms growing on the floorboard in the back. That was totally her own fault, not the car’s fault.
    Wondering if you still have that airhead sitting in a storage unit somewhere? We have what may be a plumbing ‘situation’ on Galapagos. Not sure yet, but it has me thinking of getting rid of plumbing. Can’t remember why you didn’t like the airhead. Going to search around on your site to see if I can find the post about it. Hope you are having plenty of grandpa time!

    • sryoder says:

      I’ll have you know that our “Japanese Buick” had absolutely no mushrooms or even moss growing in or on it. So far we’re actually completely enjoying the car. Heck with freak flags, I want my A/C and my moon roof!

      The Airhead is still sitting at a friend’s house in San Carlos, MX. We’d sort of forgotten about it until he sent us an e-mail recently asking if we were still going to come back down and get it. We gave him permission to do whatever he wanted with it but, if nothing else we’d pick it up next time we’re down that way. Don’t see any practical way to get it from San Carlos to Astoria but, if you want it and he still has it and you can figure out the logistics, it’s yours. However, you should definitely search the blog to find out why we decided to jettison it. Might be the answer for part-timers but we don’t think it’s a good choice for full-timers anymore unless you have more than one head and the composter goes in the least-used one (the guest bathroom). Too bad as it seems like such a good idea.

      We’re reveling in all our grandparent time.


      • MWhite:LittleCunningPlan says:

        Ok, thanks! We’ll keep it in mind. we haven’t diagnosed our problem yet, too many more urgent things to attend to. But let’s just say that head plumbing and engine rooms are probably not a good mix. I have reservations about a composting head but might be a good solution while we’re still coastal cruising. Enjoy the AC and moonroof! You are living in luxury now!

  9. Al Foster says:

    Steve back in la paz after 2.5 mos up in the loreto area. on the way south we came down the outside of isla san jose and spent 3 nites around the punta colorada area. looking forward to sharing our experience with you some time over a cerveza or two. would I go there again you bet but only in very settled conditions as anchorages are pretty marginal. have a good summer we haul the boat in two weeks and start our yearly walk about to family and friends be back in MX in late October

    • sryoder says:

      Good to hear from you. I’ll be interested to hear your take on Punta Colorada. We are currently chillin’ (literally at times) in Oregon, enjoying the family, especially the grandkids, and doing a few projects on and for Flipper. Road trip is set to begin in September. In the meantime, we have a few mini-trips planned like the weekend at Ukulele University in Redmond next month.

      Have a good summer. Bring your long-sleeve t-shirts and socks with you when you head back up this way.

      • Sharon Foster says:

        Steve and Lulu – we are finally out of La Paz and in Loreto recuperating from putting our boat up on the hard in hot hot humid weather. Its already late to mid August weather in La Paz. A chubasco while we were there, a water spout in La Ventana and afternoon rain and lightening. The Sea is so hot already its amazig. We head on to the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja tomorrow and probably back in to the States in a day or two after that. We are driviing to Washington this year rather than leaving our truck in the Bay area with friends and flying Allegiant Air to Bellingham WA. At least that is the thought right now. If you are available when we drive thu Oregon we would love to have dinner and cerveza with you guys or breakfast. Or what ever works. I think you live east of Salem near Silverton. Don’t know your schedule or our exact itinerary yet, like you we have intentions not plans. If this can work please call or send an email to us alandsharonl@gmail.com or 360 305 0797

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