Saturday, May 18, 2024

Arrived in WA

Friday - Final drive day. I arrived at the Chehalis Thousand Trails RV park. I am running a load of laundry and getting stuff packed for the trip north. 2,280 miles from Hondo, TX to here over six days. That's about 380 miles per day. A bit on the high side but not by much. I would have liked an "off" day somewhere in the middle as driving every day tends to get a bit old. But, I still enjoy traveling.

I am parked in a different section and was surprised to find 50amp shore power. It had water but I didn't bother connecting it as I'm only here for one night. I will run a load of laundry and just use the water from our water tank. The water in the tank has already been run through the water softener.

Saturday - This morning, I moved the RV to the temporary storage location. Emptied out the refrigerator and freezer and discovered that I need to dig out the portable freezer as we have a lot of stuff. I picked up my ticket to fly to AK using mileage but I did need to spend a little to not get a middle seat for the Seattle-Fairbanks leg. 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Into Oregon

Thursday - Day six of my “repositioning” road trip from TX to WA. I’m dry camping along the Columbia River. It’s pretty windy with gusts up to 44mph. But, it’s always windy through here. 

According to the Windy app, it’s going to be windy all night and into tomorrow. I only have a 190 mile drive tomorrow so the wind won’t matter much. I just drive slower. 

There are a number of wind surfers here. I think that’s the draw for many. It’s not just a nice location. Even though you can see I-84, you can’t hear it over the wind.

Between the DC-DC charger and the solar, the batteries were back to 100% SoC from 65% this morning. The DC-DC charger is working as advertised. Not too much of a load on the engine driven alternator which is rated at 160amps. 

Looking upriver at the John Day Dam.

So far, 2048 miles…

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Into Idaho

Wednesday - Today was a relatively short travel day. Well, short compared to some of the last couple. I am stopped at a Boondockers Welcome location near Meridian, ID. I decided to stop here to try and meet up with Larry, another ham from Homer, AK, who set up their DMR repeater and manages the Alaska statewide DMR talk group, TG3102.

I'm participating in a test session right now but will be meeting Larry shortly afterward. 

Later - I met Larry and Lonnie at their home. We went out to dinner with a couple of their friends to an wonderful Italian restaurant. This was a bit of a surprise since Larry and Lonnie just returned for several. weeks in Italy. I had the il sugo over pomodoro. The sauce was cream based and not tomato and had shredded pork, basil, and mushrooms. Another hot item was the pasta with gorgonzola cheese. Everything was delicious and I finally got the meet Larry in person after talking to him on DMR for the last several years.

Only a couple of more days to go...

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Through Wyoming and Utah

Tuesday - There was a nice, colorful sunset last night from the RV park. It did drop into the high 30s last night and was 48°F by the time I was ready to leave at ~8am. Initially, there was a strong headwind. Somewhere around 35mph but shortly after passing the Continental Divide, the winds dropped considerably. 

It was a pleasant drive through the rest of Wyoming. I especially enjoyed from Patrick Draw to the Wyoming border as I had spent a lot of time around here in the mid to late 70s. It was one of the field sites when I was working. The towns don’t look the same but the rocks and landscape do. 

East of Salt Lake City, I started to head northwest towards Idaho. And stopped just short of the ID border at a campground I had used before. Nice, quiet and one of the few places along this stretch. Almost 1600 miles so far on this trip. 

Lunch today was a poké bowl I had picked up at H-E-B. It was delicious and a nice change from my usual on-the-road meals.