Sunday: September 16, 2012
Another great day for traveling. I started out by getting the truck washed and topping off the fuel tank. After that I got rid of the bike rack that basically fell apart from the travel. The base cracked back in Wyoming and the whole thing started to lean into the road. I had them bungeed to the ladder, but now one of my turn signals was blocked by the bikes. I decided to put them in the bed of the truck laying down next to the cab. I can then just cover them with the original bike cover when we tow the RV. I'm not completely happy with this but it's much better than on the back of the RV.
|Notice the lean?|
|My bungee job.|
|This is what it looks like without the bungees!|
|There is the crack.|
So, we set off for Harrisburg at noon as we only had about 140 miles to go. This the type distance I like to go in a day. We are also staying for 10 days in Harrisburg. We like that too.
The trip was mainly through the Cascade Mountains on SR 20 and 126 to Eugene OR and then north on I 5 for about 12 miles. We started at about 3,000 feet in elevation then went up to 7,000 feet then all the way down to 600 feet here in Harrisburg. At the intermediate elevations we ran into a lot of wild fire smoke. We had to have our lights on so, mostly, people would see us. The inside of the truck started to smell like a campfire. After the decent to 600 feet and flat ground, we are now officially on the west coast.
|Burned out trees|
|The smoke in the air. This is about 1:30 in the afternoon.|
When we pulled in we were greeted by the rally sponsors Linda and Howard Payne. We hadn’t seen them since the Tennessee Rally last year in April. We got checked in and our new site is a back-in site L Now I was going to back-in and show off my skill or, lack thereof, to our peers. Linda came over to watch and could see I was a little nervous. She gave me the best tip for backing in to a site. She said to get the rig as close to the site entrance side of the road as possible and then do my normal routine. This will give the truck the room to maneuver the trailer into the site. She was exactly right. I put the RV in to the site in one shot! Both of our neighbors were impressed. So was I!
We ate dinner and then the gang of early arrivals headed over to the group camp fire. There were about 15 of us sitting around the fire discussing all things RV. We had people from BC Canada, Washington, California, Kentucky, and us from NJ. We broke up at 9:30 and we went back and watched some TV and went to bed.
Tomorrow we should do the hot springs.