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Where I’m At: Seaside, OR
Campground: Thousand Trails
Wednesday : Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Klamath Falls, OR : 18-Hour Travel Day
It’s almost surreal. My day begins in tropical Southern Florida at 4:00 am. After a full day of flying, a favorable time zone change puts in Portland before noon. By 1:30 pm I’m in my truck making my way towards Klamath Falls in a slightly different climate…
I arrived at my Airbnb slightly before 7:00 pm and got acquainted with the Netflix channel on my big-screen TV. Having terrible luck with streaming in the past, I was very surprised that I was able to watch 2 movies with only one buffering interruption. Pleased, I retired at 10:00 pm Pacific Time. I’d been awake 21 hours.
Thursday : Klamath Falls, OR to Reno, NV : Desolate Travels
In the 253-mile journey to Reno, I encountered only two towns the entire way. My only pit stop was Adin, Oregon while I was en route to Susanville, California…
It would be a lonely drive, but spectacular. In areas with less snowpack, frosted golden vegetation would glisten as the sun peaked through the fog. And fog would be the theme most of the way. Every now and then I’d find clear skies, but with snow piled everywhere, there were few opportunities to pull over and take snapshots.
As I began my descent into Susanville (the first place I ever towed my camper), I was mesmerized by this “fog bowl.”
I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this trip. After 2 weeks in Florida, I was anxious to get this unpleasant DMV business over with and get back to the Oregon Coast to lick my wound$. I just wanted to fast forward to paychecks and financial recovery a month from now after going “all-in” on this truck. But now I’m embracing this little inconvenient journey — I’m having fun!
Friday : Reno, NV : The Fun Ends at the DMV
The fun often ends at the DMV. I’d called a couple weeks prior and was informed I could pay the taxes on the truck later in the year when I did the titling. But a little glitch required that I actually pay the healthy lump sum right away with the registration. This was a “bit” of a blow. I’m skating on thin ice as I await next week’s paycheck!
Only the DMV coffee shop could calm my nerves.
(It’s about time)!
Saturday : Reno, NV to Klamath Falls, OR : Taking Dog Bites in Stride
I didn’t have the opportunity to get the same Airbnb in Klamath as I did coming down. That host had two cats that I got along very well with. This home has two dogs…
I’ve always gotten along well enough with dogs but have never owned one. I don’t always know how to react to hyper dogs. When I opened the deck door I was aware they’d leap on me. But perhaps I turned around too quickly to close the door — that’s when I felt her teeth sink into my back (through my jacket).
My host panicked. She’s apologetic and confused by the dog’s reaction. I told her not to worry. I didn’t require stitches and I wasn’t traumatized one bit. I guess I feel lucky that it could have been much worse. I also feel lucky that she’s aware of the behavior before this happened to a more petite person without the protection of a thick jacket. She’s going to talk to a specialist about the issue.
Now, with four punctures and some nice scrapes, my only concern is infection.
Sunday : Klamath Falls, OR to Seaside, OR : Pushing the Limits
It would be a 5-hour drive to Pacific City to pick up the camper. I couldn’t wait to see my rig, again!
I’d set up my reservations to stay one night in PC and then pulling out the next day. But when I arrived, I felt pretty good. Daunted with the idea of traveling four out of five days, I changed my reservation and proceeded to storage to get on the road again as quickly as possible.
It took a little longer than I’d liked. After a 2-hour tow, I arrived in Seaside at dusk. I set up camp in the dark.
But now I can breathe deep — I can now settle in for nine days as I wait for some checks to roll in…