The Oregon Trail… The Last Leg

image Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, Portland…

Then we head southwest on Route 42.

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It’s hard to believe we have made it all the way back to the West Coast again since we left March 17th.

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It’s Thursday, April 21st,  when we wake up in Coeur d’Alene, ID, less than 20 miles from Washington. Before we know it, we have traveled south on I-90 through Spokane and Kennewick and are on I-82 that takes us into Oregon.

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We cross the Columbia River.

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The Welcome to Oregon sign rolls by and we are in our new home state for the summer.

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After spending the night in the Columbia River Gorge area, we continue on I-84 into Portland where we connect with I-5 and head south again.

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The cloud formations inspire us.

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About 75 miles away from our final destination we encounter our 2nd misadventure. One of the tires on the tow dolly is flat, more than flat, like rim damage and all!

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(We were wondering why so many truckers kept waving at us. We thought they were just being friendly until everyone who passed us by started waving to us and mouthing something we could not lip read.)

Luckily a rest area appears and we pull in to surmise the damage in the picture above. As we dismount the RV we can smell the burnt rubber.

(Somewhere north of Eugene a small delivery truck expelled some metal sheets on the highway. Jeff had no time to change lanes to avoid running over them. At the time all we could think of is a tire on the RV going flat. We never even considered the tow dolly tires!)

So, we call the RV Emergency Roadside Assistance first. Of course, the tow dolly is not part of the package. Next call is to our RV insurance carrier. The best they can do for us is to have the tow dolly towed to a Eugene RV dealer.

Meanwhile 2 Good Samaritans help out. The first is a trucker who finds us cones to surround our emergency.

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The second is a state highway worker who suggests that we call Les SchwabTires. Within an hour and a half we have a new tire and rim and are ready to go again.

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At last we reach State Route 42 just south of Roseburg.

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And our new home, sweet home!

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Welcome to Remote Outpost RV and Cabins!!!

The Oregon Trail… Westward Ho’

image 2,000 miles to go…

From Saturday through Friday we travel from Minneapolis to Remote, Oregon.

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We encounter rain, snow, sleet, and warm sun-filled days, ever- changing landscapes, and 2 misadventures.

Our first misadventure happens on Saturday before we cross over to South Dakota. We hear banging noises of shifting storage contents coming from somewhere. I inspect all of the cabinets and closets. Jeff suspects his guitar is banging against his closet door, but that does not seem to be the case. Fellow RV drivers pass us and start pointing up to the roof so we pull into a rest area and Jeff climbs up onto the roof to inspect it. The only thing he notices is the awning over the main slide is crumpled and loose. We continue on our way but the banging and warnings from truckers and RVers continues. I look for the nearest RV service along our route, and that happens to be in Sioux Falls, SD. Unfortunately the  Service Department is closed. Fortunately the General Manager is available. The only solution is to cut off the awning material that unrolls with the slide to protect its roof. The GM informs us that the awning is unnecessary, especially with high winds. And we have experienced many a day and night with high winds! We are forever grateful to Spader’s RV Center!!!!!

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We continue to Plankinton, South Dakota to spend the night, wondering what happened to the beautiful weather in Minneapolis.

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And baby, it’s cold outside! The next day we enter Wyoming and slush accumulates on the windshield.

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And then the skies slowly blossom into blue…

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The next day, however, brings more icy Wyoming weather…

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until blue skies start peeking through the clouds in Montana.

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We wake up in Bozeman and the scenery just keeps getting better…

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all the way into and almost through northern Idaho!

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