Neville's Western US Trip
6 STATES, 2717 MILES
Day 1 - Didn't plan it, but
rolled into East Bay (Oakland) that evening after 835 miles (long day). That's
after missing 2 turns I should have made, so did see some unplanned country.
Recall the President talking about the need for infrastructure and now heartily
endorse that feeling. The roads in California were for the most part absolutely
brutal and drivers about the same. Some road construction, probably to dig a
car or truck out of some giant hole in the road. Weather was hot so had to run
the A/C quite a bit (takes its toll on mileage). and my MPG ran the range from
25 to 40, depending on speed, wind, using the A/C.
Day 2 - East across the
(Highway 40) and over the Sierra Mountain range (awesome), peaked at over 8300
feet (Ebbetts Pass) and the last 40-50 miles very taxing. The road narrows to
about a land and a half with many, many switchbacks and its a challenge to meet
a big truck and to negotiate the pass, especially on the turns. Another hot day
and finally arrived in Nevada. Then headed north and spent the evening in
Susanville, only about 350 miles on Day 2.
Day 3 - Continued North
through some beautiful countryside and entered Oregon at Klamouth Falls. Just
North is Klamouth Lake which has to be one of the largest lakes ever
encompassing tens of thousands of acres. Another nice day arriving early
afternoon in Bend (daughters home). Visited the rest of the day so only another
350 miles or so.
Day 4 - Headed east towards
Idaho, kind of a nothing ride until the last 40-50 miles where I encountered
some hill country and gently rolling turns. Began to encounter some weather in
Idaho and did a little dodging to miss the various thunderstorms. Reports later
that day talked about flash flooding in areas. Thankful again for the A/C and
some the roads were decent, but work needs to be done! Ended the day just north
of Utah after about 450 miles.
Day 5 - South into Utah
finally got on Rt. 89 (been there, done that) which is always a great ride;
planned to camp on the north rim but spent the day dodging storms and pretty
good rain upon arrival there, so just headed on home; 700 miles plus.
Pictures: Not so much as
already have traveled a lot of this country and have a good catelog of photos,
but a couple are attached. Packed and ready to go, state park in Oregon, and a
couple of the storm clouds that surrounded me on my journey.
Clothing: Very thankful
the wet vest and also used the arm covers extensively; be sure to wear your
gloves and cover with sun tan lotion.
Some Pet Peeves: Besides
deplorable roads; idiots that pull out in front of you then proceed to travel well
under the speed limits; first time drivers in rented RV's that don't have
the sense top pull over.
chatter on the C/B, think I was tuned to the channel they use but not much
That's all, Ron