Dang it, I have to be the world's worst blogger! I really don't feel like saying much while traveling and it is really difficult to get good connections for wifi...in California almost impossible to find a data enabled Verizon connection!...who knew???? I never found that anywhere I have traveled in the states...No wonder I avoid CA.
So: Cyndi...no pics...just haven't taken any...I get so absorbed by the moment, I forget to record things. I wish I felt like taking them but I just don't. Sorry to my followers...especially you my friend, C....
I will mention a few things though. I have been from Durango where I effectively started the trip, to the coast of California at Fortuna, all the way up to Lincoln City, OR , stayed with friends in Newport and met Susan from the blog MinnyMinerva for coffee in Lincoln City. Both really nice visits. Next stop was at friends in Vancouver, WA and then a run up to friends on the Olympic Peninsula where I spent a couple of nights. Next a stop with both of my sons and their families...first Isaac in Bremerton and then Jed in Port Townsend. A quick but nice visit with Sarah their mom, as well.
While at Jed's place in Port Townsend, WA I got fed up with rain and cold and I did a run back down south to the summer Rubbertramp Rondy in an area of the Sierra's near Dinky Creek/Shaver Lake. On the way south I rode on CA route 49 from Auburn to Oakhurst and it was spectacular! Many curves and hairpins and amazing country. My only complaint is that there are next to zero campgrounds the entire way...I think I counted about 4 and that included public and private. I don't get it...but that's the way it works there...a couple of them were exclusive gated RV parks for the folks who are used to gated communities I guess....weird but true...keeps the rabble like me out. lol
My stay at the RTR was perfect.... a bit cool at night but fantastic country, wonderful people and many good meals and campfires to sit around and get to know each other...lots of old friends and new ones I got to meet...one new friend Steve/Nol is a hair stylist and he gave several of us free haircuts, including me and I now have pretty short, easy to care for hair....cool.
Bob Wells once again pulls together a great event! I left after about 4 or 5 nights as I am not really prepared for that cool a night...it got well below freezing..cold enough to freeze Dina's water so I headed back north and am now in Redding taking I-5 north. I think about 10 or 12 rigs showed up throughout the few days I was there.
Usually I do not like superslabs but in this case I am using it to get to Enumclaw and Dauntless Motors by Monday the 2nd of July to have them re-align my rig and replace a rear tire. I left with a brand new tire on all wheels but I have worn the rear down way too much and in a strange way....I think it is due to the rig alignment changing somehow and I do not have the equipment to make the changes necessary. It is very important to have it done by a good, knowledgeable shop or by myself at home.
Jay has my tire ordered...kind of a rare tire...and it is expected by Monday.
If I can do it, I would like to still pop up to British Columbia for a few days before the USCA rally in Coer D'Alene, ID on the 19th of July.
That is about it....as long as I can stay out of the rain, I am having some very nice camps and good riding, but this old man is liking discomfort less and less as my joints and bones ache. I will go to great lengths to avoid wet camping. I am going to get after my new invention of an actual sidecar camper this winter...it would be a game changer for me...just pull into a Walmart or truck stop or rest area and pop the top and be sleeping by the time it took to find a campground and set up my tent cot...
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