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.
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.