We spent a quiet, but breezy night on the side of the road overlooking the John Day dam from the Washington state side of the Columbia river. Normally, we'd be right down by the water, watching the tugs and barges going in and out of the locks on the dam, but that area is now signed as day use only area :-( I guess things change when you are forced to take a year off from southern travel?
A few splashes of rain followed us down the I-84 on the Oregon side of the river approaching Portland, but it cleared up as we skirted the city on the south west side.
Weather was a mixed bag, with frequent rain as we hit the coast at Lincoln City and headed southward.
Next day, traffic was light on the 101, and the mixed bag of weather kept us moving along, ever southward, passing a number of spots where we typically stop for a night. After getting diesel in Idaho for $3.25, it was a bit of a shock to see the prices along the southern Oregon coast.
In Brookings, it was $4.99 at the Fred Meyer, and we managed to find the same price in Eureka, Ca. But we saw some stations along the way showing $5.45! I guess that's not bad (?) considering my Gas Buddy app shows the diesel price in Bridgeport, Ca at $6.29/gal! Wow!
Hailey was glad to be away from the snow; free to hunt seals and sea gulls again!
We made it as far as Orick, Ca. that day, and found our 'usual' private, ocean-view spot ready for us. Too bad the locals (?) seem to like to dump their trash over the bank there ...
Next day was a short drive to the beaches near Fortuna. The weather was now sunny and warm, with only light winds. Time to slow down and smell the sea breezes!
Where to next? Not sure, but it will be southbound for sure!
You're making good time, got out of the cold on our favourite drive in the US the 101! Sure disappointing that some camp spots are closing up and stores like Fred Myer. Very concerning for us RV types. And the price of fuel, it's even more than in Canada in some places it looks like, I've never seen that before! Anyway, really enjoyed your pictures and story! Drive safe!ReplyDelete
You and Hailey are leading the charge Ivan and I will be particularly interested in hearing your thoughts on how things are down there and especially what you see and hear when you get into the southwest. Are more BLM areas closed? Do you notice a big uptake in more people and traffic etc? What about crowding? Any political unrest? Or, is it the same good old American Southwest so many of we northerners have come to love over these past number of years.ReplyDelete
It’s early, but so far traffic has been light, the places i go are as quiet as ever, zero unrest, and everything is just the same. It’s getting warmer every day as i travel southward. Sure nice to be back, but won’t make it down near the southern border for a few more weeks.Delete
Welcome to CA, gas prices are always too high here! Paid $5.09 in Borrego last month.ReplyDelete
$6.29 for diesel in Bridgeport today! New record for me! Luckily, I don't need fuel now ...Delete
I too will be watching your travels, like Al I am interested in your impressions as well. Continued safe travels.ReplyDelete
Glad to see you have hit the road...Lucky you are not up in the north of Western Washington today. I-5 closed south of Bellingham, mud slide..Many little towns under water...Yikes!ReplyDelete
Enjoy the sun, we are all screwed with fuel prices..I don't even look at the receipts anymore..Beats sitting at home..eh?
Lots of bad flooding and road washed out in BC too.Delete