Thursday, August 6, 2020

Day 183 - South Beach, OR - TT

Today we left Seaside and headed south for a couple of hours to our next TT reservation just a few miles south of Newport. We had stayed here before in the north campground but this time we are in the south side. An easy stroll to the beach with the trail only a hundred yards or so from our site. The beach is part of a day use only Lost Creek State Recreation Area. It is pretty empty especially when compared to places like Cannon Beach.

I’m at the beach to type this blog post as Verizon signal is pretty minimal at our site. This is the first time we ever had a wooden deck at our site. Plus we have 50amp, sewer and water. Plus the RV parking pad is sort of level concrete. Nothing to complain about. It is on the narrow side but there are plenty of shrubs between the sites.

Due to the narrow road with lots of slow corners, it was a somewhat tiring driving day. Sitting on the beach is nice. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Day 180, 181, 182 - Seaside, OR - TT

Monday (180) - This morning, I moved the tow dolly to the back of the coach and hitched it up. The ground wire from the connector was broken but it grounds through the hitch as well. I fixed it anyway since I had some good crimp connectors with built in heat shrink. Tested all the lights again and all is good. The only function I can’t readily test is the brake lights as they seem to be activated by air pressure switches. Since the coach has been sitting for about ten days, front and rear air pressure is close to zero. The brake lights are also activated by the exhaust brake. Both functions worked when Bridget was following the coach to Coburg so I don’t see that changing.

Dinner today was asian-style ribs in the Instant Pot basically following a Flo Lum video. Very tasty…

Tuesday (181) - Cool, foggy morning and it’s around 60°F at around 10A. The neighbors took off today and it really makes the our site seem empty. I rode the e-bike around some this morning as well but was getting a bit wet from the mist. I think it’s about time to pack up my bike. I don’t think I’ll be riding much more in the next couple of days. On Thursday, we head south to our next TT RV park. The next one is also in the popular category, as is this one, so there is a two week stay limit. Like here, we stayed there before two years ago.

Yesterday evening, I had noticed that the RV across the street from us was also on RVillage. After a few messages back in forth, we met outside and ended up talking for quite a while. They have been full-timers for almost a year. No real projects for today except packing some stuff away.

I did replace the DHT11 temperature/humidity sensor in the living room with a DHT22. The only difference, besides cost, is that it is 5x more accurate. Not really a big deal in this application. I had the new sensor since the beginning of July but needed a decent Internet connection to recompile the firmware. On the 24-hour graph you can see the change in resolution between the original and new sensors. The change was from 2.5 °C to 0.5 °C.

New neighbors pulled in with a beautiful Entegra Aspire. And they were towing a Ford C-Max hybrid. I didn’t know it was flat towable.

Wednesday (182) - After a short stop in Warrenton, we headed to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. I hadn’t known that the conditions at the mouth of the Columbia River were so treacherous. The last picture is a map of all the shipwrecks. The river deposits a lot of sand at the mouth building up a constantly changing sandbar.

The museum had a large area devoted to the Coast Guard rescue boats and their history. Pretty amazing videos and stories. There was another section showing the process of delivering river pilots onto the ships. Treacherous.

Outside of the museum were several active coast guard vessels and the lightship Columbia. I had never heard of a lightship before. From 1951 to 1979 it was anchored at the entrance to the channel at the mouth of the Columbia River and had a light up on a mast (along with a foghorn and bell). As the channel moved, the lightship could be moved. It was replaced in 1979 with a large navigational bouy.

The road into Astoria from Portland was almost bumper to bumper. The museum itself wasn’t crowded and I would recommend visiting if you are in the area.

Bridget is out visiting with a YouTuber that we’ve met before in Quartzsite. They took the dogs for a walk.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Day 178, 179 - Rear Turn Signals Fixed!

Saturday (178) - I spent most of the day messing around with the wiring at the rear of the coach. Unfortunately, there is no wiring diagram to be found. The problem to be solved is no right-rear turn signal with or without the tail lights on. If I remove the bulbs on the right-rear, the trailer turn signals work unless I turn on the taillights.

Partial solution found. I replaced the tail-turn signal bulbs with LED bulbs (much less current) and almost everything sort of works.  Right turn on the coach with and without taillights. Trailer right turn signal only with tail lights off. The turn signal is dimmer than when the tail lights are off but they still blink.

Sunday (179) - Success! These are the lights along the side that are mounted just above and forward of the rear wheels. They are on with the parking lights and flash with the turn signals. I disconnected them and lo and behold, everything works. I examined the wiring and all of the wires have been cut and spliced together multiple times. It’s simple enough. Just 3 wires. Taillight, turn signal, and ground. On the passenger side, all three wires were wrong. On the driver's side, two out of three were wrong. I cut them all, removed all the butt connectors (multiple on each wire), and wired it correctly with solder and shrink tubing.

When tested, everything worked including the trailer connector. I removed the hack I had installed last September to get the trailer connector working and removed the other non-stock trailer connector that was installed by some previous owner and it’s back to stock. And it works…

I will probably move the tow dolly back there tomorrow and check again. The person at the next campsite was getting ready to do some wiring. His left turn signal on the trailer connector wasn’t working. I suggested that he look for a trailer connector relay box in one of the rear compartments. He found the box and there was a blown fuse for the left turn signal. He was thrilled and told me that I saved him hours of frustration…

Friday, July 31, 2020

Day 177 - Cannon Beach, OR

Today’s venture was to Cannon Beach which is the next town south from Seaside. One of the first stops was the Cannon Beach Bakery for some coffee and a cheese danish. Actual espresso coffee has been a novelty over the last couple of months so I take advantage of it when I can get it.

We then headed to the beach which was just a short walk from the bakery. The dominant feature of Cannon Beach is Haystack Rock which seems to be where a lot of people are gathered. It’s foggy but not cold. Somewhere around 60°F with just a very light breeze. I stopped after around ¾ mile to avoid the “heavier” crowds up ahead. There really aren’t that many people. It just feels that way compared to most other areas.

The tide is almost at its highest point for the day (5.14 ft at 12:09pm according to my Apple Watch). It’s nice to sit on the warm sand listening to and smelling the ocean. When I stopped at the bakery earlier to have my coffee and danish, the first thing I noticed when I removed the mask was the ocean smell. The mask kind of blocks it. Today, the smell of the ocean was even better than the bakery.

After a wonderful lunch of clam chowder, crab and shrimp cocktail, we headed back to the RV. It’s Friday afternoon so the traffic was heavy in Cannon Beach and heading into Seaside. I don’t think there are plans to go anywhere over the weekend. 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Day 176 - Lewis and Clark Nat'l Historic Park

This morning, we headed north to Fort Clatsop located just south of Warrenton. I think that this is the first National Park that we've been to since Big Bend back in January. We've passed several National Monuments over the last few months but they were closed. The visitor's center was open so we were able to get a sticker for the National Park Passport but the stamps themselves were put away due to Covid-19.

We walked out to the fort which was basically a winter encampment with four bunkrooms plus a kitchen area and the commander's quarters. What is shown here is a reconstruction as none of the original structure survived. It is located about 5 miles (straight line distance) from the ocean and a few hundred yards from the Netul River.

We took the trail to the Netul River Landing which was about a mile upriver from the fort. All along the river were these pilings and I initially wondered why they needed so many docks. It turns out that they are there to temporarily contain logs when they were unloaded from trucks. The logs were sorted while floating in the river then bundled together into large rafts which were floated downriver to a lumber mill.

It was an interesting way to spend the day. To the right is a shot of the open visitor's center. It was only 72°F but the shaded trail was appreciated after just a short time of walking in the sun. I think we are getting spoiled by the coastal weather.

After returning to Seaside, we stopped at the outlet mall and I picked up Gore-Tex jacket at 50% off from the Eddie Bauer store. For the last year of traveling, the only rain jacket I had was my old First Gear motorcycle jacket. Completely functional and still waterproof but kind of overkill as a rain jacket. Plus, no hood. We will be at Seaside TT for another week before heading south to another TT near Newport.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Day 173, 174, 175 - E-biking around Seaside - TT

Monday (173) - We rode the e-bikes out to the promenade aka concrete walk/bike path along the beach. Just in front of the last row of houses before the sand. There were few places where we could actually see the water and the fog and overcast sort of seeing much. The weather today is definitely not like yesterday.

In some areas, there were quite a few people. Most following the social distancing and mask rules. It looked like the aquarium was open though they were limiting the number of guests inside at any one time. Mo’s seafood restaurant was open for take-out only unlike the one that we saw earlier. It looks like many of the cottages along the beach were available as rentals and I saw one for sale for $1M.

We also stopped at the salt works, a historical site where sea water was boiled for the salt. The salt was needed for food preservation and this location was far enough from the mouth of the Columbia River to minimize fresh water reducing the salinity. This site was only a half block from the promenade. The number of people on the promenade sort of reduced the bike riding enjoyment for me but Bridget enjoyed the ride.

Tuesday (174) - Bridget had an appointment in Warrenton today. I needed a few things like another tube of Dicor self-leveling roof sealant and a 3 amp USB charger. My Mophie Qi pad stopped working a few weeks ago. The AC “brick” is 3amps @5VDC which is significantly higher than the USB standard.

Later - Neither Home Depot or Fred Meyer has any self-leveling sealant. And it’s been unavailable on Amazon for quite a while. I guess I need to look for an RV store again. That’s where I picked up the last couple of tubes of Dicor sealant.

We didn’t get back until around 4:30 so we had dinner at Pig ‘N Pancake and I had some delicious, very lightly battered fried oysters with some Boston clam chowder. Afterwards, we wandered around the touristy part of town including the Carousel Mall.

Wednesday (175) - This morning, we visited (social distancing) with another couple who is also on RVillage and Nomads Near Me, two RV-centric social networking sites. I think I ended up talking to them for a couple of hours. He had posted that by diet he was able to become no longer type-2 diabetic. I had wanted to talk to him about that.

We then headed out to Hug Point State Recreation Area which is 14 miles south of here. The parking lot was full but we found a spot along the side of the highway a few hundred yards away. It was a short walk to the beach. Groups were sort of keeping to themselves and it really wasn’t that crowded. But given the parking situation, this must be about “normal”.

There are remnants of an old wagon road along the coast. I’m guessing that this may be part of that. We heard that there were still traces of the wagon wheels tracks but I’m not sure about that. It is a pretty cool location.

Looking north from the point... And the Verizon here was extremely fast. Six pictures uploaded in about 20 seconds. Hard to believe. The tide is out but it was just starting to come back in.

This cave went far enough that there wasn’t any light. I could hear people in the darkness. I’m not sure how far it went.

 Really nice beach!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Day 170, 171, 172 - Seaside, OR - TT

Friday (170) - We had arrived here shortly after noon which is just after the checkout time. After we arrived, we saw quite a few RVs driving through looking for a site so I’m glad we arrived early. I had wanted to find a site on the north half of the park since they are all 50amp electric. Granted, we probably won’t need to run the A/C very often but Sunday is supposed to be almost 80°F. Plus it is so convenient to not need to be concerned about what is running at any given time. E.G. Heat pump, water heater, dryer, convection oven all at the same time, no problem. With a 30amp connection, you need to pick one or the electric management system on the RV will pick one for you.

We needed to get some fuel and after months of using the TSD Logistics program, it was almost painful to pay full price for diesel. It was $2.79/gal at a Sinclair station outside of the farmers co-op bldg. $75 for 26+ gallons which only got us to half tank. Oh well. It’s enough for now. There are few, if any, truck stops along Hwy 101. And no TSD Logistics partner stations until we get back to I-5. Just for reference, the TA in Coburg was $1.67/gal using the discount program. When you purchase 50-80 gallons at a time, it’s significant.

This morning, we explored the town of Seaside a bit with the car and discovered that there are a lot of  places near the beach to park. There is also a long, paved walkway along the beach for bicycles. You just need to battle the narrow roads between the campground and the beach. We also went north to the much larger town of Warrenton to restock on groceries at the Walmart. The majority of the shoppers and all of the employees wore masks but ignore the direction arrows in the aisles. But we are set for groceries for the next week or so.

Saturday (171) - Nice and sunny today though it’s barely 60°F. I went for a walk through both sides of the park and I don’t think that there is a single open site. The paper showing the checkout date indicates that most are only here for the weekend.

I dug our the e-bikes for the first time since Lake Texoma. All the tires needed some air. Bridget found a nice bike ride map for the area identifying stops along the route. I think most of it is along a dedicated bike path along the beach. I think the plan is to wait until after the weekend.

I think I like this TT much better than Chehalis or Pacific City. Not much of a view but level sites and everything works. We are only here for two weeks as that is the maximum as it is one of the most popular within the system. I think the next one in Newport, OR, is also limited to two weeks. When we checked in at Pacific City, the host mentioned that there was a 220 day/year limit with TT. That turned out to be misinformation. According to our contract, there is no limit on the number of days.

Sunday (172) - It’s 81°F. An ideal time to work on the roof. I had ordered another 50’ of Eternabond tape to put over the aging Dicor. I had sealed the seam between the front cap and the roof while in Chehalis but hadn’t put Dicor along the edges of the tape as it needed to be above 70°F according to the instructions. Today qualified.

I also dragged Bridget up for another set of eyes looking for potential leaks. The picture on the right is the front seam after the Dicor was put on. By tomorrow, it’ll be level, smooth and much more even. But it was hot up there. It’s nice to just sit outside.

We did find out that if you pay for an annual site, you can only live there 220 days. Not sure what that’s about...

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Day 169 - Seaside, OR - TT

Thursday (169) - This morning we headed north from the Pacific City TT to the Seaside TT which was about two hours away. The RV still smoked when started and I’m waiting for a call back. We will be closer to Coburg in a couple of weeks. BTW, I’m more disappointed than upset.

Here at Seaside, we have 50 amp electrical, water and sewer. No trees and it’s more RV park than campground but that’s okay. At least we can run everything and not be concerned about tripping breakers. Plus, use as much water (including hot water) without filling up tanks.

Everything is still shut down so no activity or amenities. We’ve been able to run several loads of laundry without a sewer connection as the combo washer-dryer seems to use about 10gal water per load. A couple of weeks ago it used about double that but I believe the power problem caused the washer to “reset”. It would drain the water and restart the cycle. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Day 167, 168 - Back to Pacific City - TT

Tuesday (167) - Mornings are pretty nice on the backyard deck. It’s only 75°F at 10 though today’s high is forecast to be in the high 80s (°F).

Later - Around 4pm we will be heading back to Freightliner Northwest in Coburg, OR, to pick up the RV. They said it no longer smokes and seems to run much better. Easier to start. They said that power and mileage should improve. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday (168) - The coach wasn’t finished as they neglected to replace the air cleaner. We didn’t leave until around 6:30pm. We arrived back at the Pacific City TT around 9:20 which was after sunset. Bridget had gone ahead and found a site and she used the GMRS radio to let me know which site. We also used the radios while traveling to Coburg as they still work without cell signal. This was the first time I set up in the dark but no problem. We are now only a handful of spaces from where were previously. The coach drove fine. There wasn’t a trace of smoke when started but it was probably already warmed up. The test will be tomorrow morning when we head north to the next TT park. I forgot to fill up on fuel after picking up the coach so we’ll have to find someplace along the way. Unfortunately, it’ll cost more as there are no TSD Logistics partners out here.

I was reminded of forgetting to fuel up during yesterday’s drive when the “check info” light illuminated. This is the same light for any problem with the engine. There was a lot of glare from sunset so it was hard to read the LCD display. It turned out just to be a “fuel tank low at 24%” warning. I guess they think you should always have over ¼ tank.

We also lost the lens from the left front turn signal. It had come loose on the drive to Coburg and I had just used Gorilla Tape to hold it in place until I could glue it back in place. Now I need to find what other vehicle used this light assembly. I’m sure that it wasn’t unique to this model. 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Day 165, 166 - Corvallis, OR

Sunday (165) - Today’s weather report, the forecast is for low 90s (°F) which is going to feel miserably hot. But it could be worse. It could be humid as well. This afternoon, we watched a YouTube live stream of Diary of a Family with Carolyn and Garrett. We had met them (for the second time) in Chehalis at the TT campground. They recorded a short video interview of us an it is at time 9:18 (9 min 18 sec). I think the link should jump to that point.

Monday (166) - I heard back from the shop today after the mechanic spent the morning debugging the smoke. Two problems. Injector #4 is not responding and the HEUI pressure sensor. All six injectors were changed a little over a year ago. I hope this isn’t a trend. It’s supposed to be done tomorrow at 5pm. We’ll see...

The forecast is for low 90s (°F) again today. Oh joy...

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Day 163, 164 - Corvallis, OR

Friday (163) - We are enjoying the fast Internet here in Corvallis. After weeks of 300kb/s this is pretty incredible. Also, much nicer temperatures today. Only mid-70s (°F) instead of high 80s.

I heard from the shop around 11am. They finished the lube service and were getting ready to look at the grid heater. I got another call around 2 or so asking what I meant by “two grid heaters”. The service manager also commented that it “smoked like a chimney” when it’s first started. My response was that’s why I brought it in. Plus, it needed an oil change anyway. I mentioned that the previous owner took the RV to a shop last year and they replaced the injectors and the HEUI pump as an attempt to fix the cold start problem. Which didn’t fix anything except lightened their wallet. I think that’s when they got fed up and sold the RV.

Saturday (164) - It’s supposed to be hot today but it’s pretty nice right now (10:30am PDT).

Later - It is not 80°F at 2:45pm. Still nice in the shade with a little breeze. We received a box with our mail since Mid-March. (Thank you, Kyle, for sending it!) I had a few Amazon orders that I had planned on picking up back in May on my cancelled trip home.

Since this repair will probably take longer than we originally planned, I stopped at Fred Meyer to pick up some stuff. I asked the employee “manning” the entrance what was he supposed to do for those unwilling to comply with the mask requirement. He said that there was very little that they could do but, fortunately, most people are complying.

I called the shop today and asked for a status and they said that they were waiting for authorization from me. They misspelled my email address when they sent the message last night. (Grrr) Anyway, they are going to continue troubleshooting the smoke on cold start. I’m almost afraid of what they are going to come up with…

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Day 160, 161, 162 - Oregon - TT

Tuesday (160) - A cool, breezy day. I think it barely reached into the low 60s (°F) though it’s nice and sunny. I had ordered a few more microprocessors but I need a better Internet to load new ESPHome firmware. While here and in Chehalis, WA, I’ve been using the iPad as a hotspot and just have it sitting next to the inside antenna of the WeBoost. I’ve discovered that by setting the iPad to “No LTE” it switches from two bars of LTE to three to four bars of 3G. Bandwidth is lower than LTE would normally be except it actually works most of the time. LTE rarely works at this location. So far on this billing period, the iPad has logged 45GB of data. Only 15GB is hotspot. The remaining 30GB are videos on the iPad with an HDMI connection to the front TV. Yesterday while we were in Pacific City, I would have four bars of LTE but no Internet.

I’m up at lodge right now and they now have it locked up. Maybe all the people running around over the weekend was a bit much. At least they have some outside seating and the WiFi is still on.

Wednesday (161) - We headed north to the Cape Mears Lighthouse just west of Tillamook. It was pretty windy and on the cool side in spite of the clear, sunny skies. Beautiful views even before we went down to the lighthouse.

According to the plaque, this is the shortest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. When you first walk up to it from the parking lot, you are at “light level”. Like most things these days, the lighthouse and associated gift shop was closed but at least the parking lot and trails were open.

After exploring the area, we headed to Tillamook for fuel and a handful of groceries.

Thursday (162) - We packed up this morning and will be heading to Coburg today. We asked about leaving the tow dolly here in an overflow lot and they said no problem since our reservation is until next Thursday. I don’t have a lock for the tow dolly but I did remove the ramps and put them into a storage bay. The other tow dollies stored there are locked. Maybe I should put a padlock on the coupler. We need to empty the tanks on the way out. Hopefully, there won’t be a line.

Later - There was a short line. It would’ve moved faster if two friends who were emptying their tanks at the same time, of course, they had to leave at the same time. Oh well. Once we arrived at Freightliner Northwest, Coburg, they went ahead and checked in the RV and we headed north to Corvallis. 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Day 157, 158, 159 - Pacific City - TT

Saturday (157) -  Another weekend here at the TT RV park. More people in the lodge today including kids running around banging on the piano. Their parents are oblivious and just playing on their phones. Most people are choosing to ignore the signs to wear masks while indoors. Oh well…

The Instant Pot sous vide stick doesn’t seem to maintain the correct temperature any more. We’ve noticed that several things I’ve made seem to be more on the “rare” side than they used to be. After checking the water temperature while cooking, it seems to be about 5-6°F lower than the set temperature. A few days ago I made some steelhead fillets (with maple and mustard) and set the temperature 5°F higher and it came out perfect. Maybe the appliance needs to be cleaned inside from calcium deposits or something. I’ll look into that tomorrow as it is in the middle of a 12 hour cooking cycle.

This particular sous vide stick was an “experiment” as I didn’t want to spend a lot for something I wouldn’t get much use out of. Since it is getting a lot of use, I may get another one and send this one home.

I also washed the rear of the RV and put up the stickers we’ve been accumulating. Many are from parks and attractions but some are from other RVers that we’ve met on the road. For a long time I wasn’t sure where to put the stickers but this seems to be a good enough place.

I also added 1qt of oil but it looks like there may be room for a little more.

Sunday (158) - I did some more testing on the grid heaters. The grid heater relay is working. I don’t have an amp meter so I can’t actually see how much power they are drawing. I just used an ohm meter to measure the resistance between the terminal and chassis ground. It fluctuates more than I would expect and appears to be intermittent. In Medina Lake, I put in a cable between the midpoint between the two grid heaters to chassis ground. This way at least one of the two heaters is functional. According to info on the C7 that I found online, if the combined engine temperature and air temperature is above 109°F, the grid heater won’t turn on except while cranking. That’s only 55°F (55° + 55° = 110° which is greater than 109°).

I need to find a shop that will work on a Cat C7.

Monday (159) - We drove down to Pacific City at low tide which was just before noon. There are supposed to be tide pools. Bridget looked for them around the base of the cliff. I chose to sit on the beach and watch the surfers and boats.

The parking lot was full but there weren’t that many people on the beach. This is the Pacific City Haystack Rock from a slightly different angle. It really does look like the one at Cannon Beach near Seaside. It really isn’t that far of a walk from the campground but we opted to drive. There is a large sand dune between the two locations which may be challenging to climb.

This morning, I called Freightliner Northwest in Coburg, OR, which is just north of Eugene. We have an appointment for this coming Friday morning. We will leave the RV park on Thursday afternoon for Coburg and probably leave the tow dolly here just so we don’t have to deal with it at the shop. They said that we can dry camp in their parking lot on Thursday night so we can get the rig in first thing in the morning. Their COVID-19 rules say that their employees can’t start working on the RV for three hours after we drop it off. Hopefully they can get it done on Friday so we could head back here over the weekend as our reservation goes until the 23rd. .

We had lunch at Doryland Pizza. Fabulous Mediterranean pizza with artichokes, spinach, feta, and some other toppings that I don’t remember. And, it had a nice, thin crust!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Day 156 - Pacific City - TT

I finally walked down to the beach today. Initially, I didn’t feel like it due to the number of people over the holiday weekend. Then didn’t really feel like doing anything. But today, I feel back to normal. There were maybe ten people on the beach. It was low tide but it was starting to come in. Just a light breeze and mostly sunny. I walked north on the hard packed sand for half a mile or so before turning around. We had seen a rock just like this at Cannon Beach and this one has the same name. Haystack Rock. Pretty nice…


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Day 153, 154, 155 - Oregon Coast - TT

Tuesday (153) - This morning, we drove into Tillamook to pick up some stuff. Dog food, people food, etc. We also stopped at Blue Heron French Cheese Company. We had planned to stay here last year as they allow overnight RV parking on the property but we decided to go to the Evergreen Aviation museum which also allows overnight RV parking. Both properties are listed in Harvest Hosts. I picked up so herb Brie which is one of the cheeses they make here and the sample was very tasty.

Back at the RV park, our power keeps shutting off. Not from the breaker tripping but it just stops working. We’ll switch sites tomorrow. There is one just a couple of spaces from us that may be available tomorrow that has a great view.

Wednesday (154) - I think it’s a better view. Hopefully, the power is more reliable. Since we parked front in, the utility’s are on the wrong side but our power cord was just long enough to reach. We have two potable water hoses and one of them is 50’ long so that shouldn’t be an issue. Currently, the water is turned off as they are repairing a water line near the lodge. Of course, people are whining about no water even though they have a RV with a fresh water tank. Not sure what the issue is. Our SeeLevel II tank gauge says 21% which, based on the shape of the tank, is probably around 35-40 gallons.

Thursday (155) - This morning, we went into Pacific City and discovered very little beyond a couple of coffee places and restaurants. Lots of rental properties. We then continued south past Lincoln City to Depoe Bay. The viewpoint was close (thank you Oregon) but a much tinier viewpoint parking was open. Only two parking slots but there was a trail that went along the rocks above the water. I think it was around low tide. We did see at least one whale surfacing every few minutes a few hundred yards from the rocks.

The trail ended in a bunch of “no trespassing” signs. I’m guessing that they had a lot of people walking through their yard. It was a nice walk. There were a handful of people on the trail but there was a lot of space. No crowds.


This tree was at the end of the trail near all of the signs.

Afterwards, we headed back to Lincoln City for lunch. No place to park at Mo’s along the water so we looked elsewhere. We ended up at a Thai take-out place. Very mediocre Thai food. Not horrible but we have been spoiled by Lemon Grass in Fairbanks.