We awoke at 0525 this morning in the dark at Morro Bay, California. We loaded up the car and listened to the harbor seals barking in the bay just two blocks from our motel. We headed out through the coastal range of mountains in the dark and headed across the brown hills and California Oaks toward highway 5. The sun was coming up in the east in the partly cloudy skies and it was a nippy 41 degrees.
We finally hit hiway 5 and ate a light breakfast and headed up a semi-truck filled highway through the nations bread basket. Nut trees, pumpkin fields, cabbage fields abounded. We knew it was going to be our longest day 612 miles to Medford, OR.
We stopped for dinner(lunch) and I introduced brother Dave to In and Out Burger. After our light breakfast, a double-double animal style really hit the spot. Back on the road we hit two very heavy rain storms that slowed us down a bit and my eyes really were getting heavy about 2 pm and Dave took over at the wheel. I put the seat back and slept solidly for an hour and we were close to 70 miles down the road. That is what brothers are for!
We hit Redding, California and the San Joaquin Valley ended and we entered 90 miles of spectacular mountains. The mountain tops were covered with snow and then we saw mount Lassen. A really scary looking snow covered volcano. We rolled on into Oregon and finally arrived at Medford at 630 pm. A little more than 12 hours. A health food dinner(supper) of all meat pizza and a pitcher of beer. Don’t think brother Dave is used to these long days as I write this at 801 pm he is sound asleep with all of his clothes on at the bed. Maybe it was the health food.
Short driving day tomorrow. Only 250 miles to Portland, OR. We are planning to use their train system to explore the city. Should be fun.
Dave is up…he said his sinking spell was due to the health food.