11/27/10 #3

We’ve made it. We’re getting setup and etc. Will post more when we get out of “Travel Mode”.

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11/27/10 #2

We are making slow by steady progress on the snow packed road. We are st mile maker 132 on i84.

It is lightly snowing and the road is a sloppy mess. John has been going slow but confidently up and down the hills.

We are hoping to driv out of the snow and into rain un next 30 mins.

Will post again in few hours.. Only 130 miles to go.

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11/27/10 #1

Good morning from Oregon.

We made it back on the road by 7:15am. We are not used to time change yet – going to bed early and getting up early…

John filled the diesel tanks and the propane tanks before we left. I purchases John one of the “I survived Cabbage Hill” t-shirts. I could tell je wanted one.

Roads not very good this morning – freezing rain right now. Hoping it changes over to rain soon.

Only 5 more hours to go…

Will update again in few hours,…

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11/26/10 #5

We’ve stopped for the evening in Pendleton, OR.

After we left Boise, Idaho we had pretty good driving until night fall.  When we got into the mountains in Oregon and it started to snow and the wind picked up.  Driving at night here is an interesting experience because it is so dark – there’s no lights along the road at all.  Only light is the headlights of the MoHo and the other vehicles.

So John got to drive through Dead Man’s Pass in the dark with the snow coming down hard and the wind drifting snow over the road.  Then once we got to the western side of the mountain the snow changed to freezing rain and then just rain.  John got to drive down Cabbage Hill with snow mixed with freezing rain that eventually changed over to just rain.  John thinks we got off the hill just in time before it became very dangerous.  The weather radio says 4 to 5 inches of show is going to fall there overnight…

Once we got out of the mountains we pulled over at the Arrowhead Travel Center in Pendleton for the night.  It is still raining and the wind is blowing hard – can really feel the MoHo rock back and forth when the gusts hit.  They sell “I survived Cabbage Hill” t-shirts at the fuel desk – I should get one for John…..

The 4 to 5 hour drive tomorrow should be relatively flat and comparatively easy.  John wants to stop at a truck wash tomorrow to have the salt and road grime removed from the exterior and bottom of the MoHo.  I’m looking forward to getting setup at the rv park in Portland sometime tomorrow afternoon.  I’m heading off to read and get a good nights sleep….  feels like a being on a cruise ship with it rocking back and forth in the wind… will rock me to sleep…

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11/26/10 #4

Greetings from Boise Idaho.

We stopped at Camping World at exit 44 for a chance to get up and walk a bit. John noticed water coming from the exterior of the water bay – not good.

He found the water intake diverter valve had cracked from the freezing conditions lady night. He open up a toolbox riffled through it and found replacement part fir it. Good!

Then he noticed that the water filter enclosure had also cracked and needed to be replaced. We stopped at a nearby Lowe’s and found a replacement one that he will replace when we get to Portland. I hope that is the extent of the damage from the cold weather..

John plans to disassemble the entire water bay to see why it is not being heated properly. It kept warmer in the past. He also hopes to determine which water pipe keeps freezing and insulate it better.

The drive has been fine. Coming into Idaho there was some drifting snow on the road and only one lane was clear in spots – but did not last long.

John wants to drive for 4 or 5 more hours tonight – wants to get to the warm side of the mountains yet tonight…

Will post again in a few hours….

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11/26/10 #3

We are in Idaho now. There’s more snow here and the roads a bit snow covered in spots. Not too bad, but noticeable.

Temps are in the mid 20’s and our cold water lines are still frozen. We hope the pipes have not been damaged when they thaw. John checked the solenoid that controls water to ice maker and it appears damaged. He closed valve to it as a precaution.

The front windshield wipers are not spraying fluid on front windows when button is pressed. Probably frozen as well. John stopped at a rest area and sprayed Windex on windows while I turned wipers on and off.

Starting to get a bit windy again – nothing like yesterday, but noticeable.

Will post again in few hours….

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11/26/10 #2

We are making good time so far today. We are now on 84 west – it has lots of twists and turns but the road is dry and the wind is low.

The scenery continues to be very rugged and pretty. Will attempt to upload pic to facebook.

Will post again in few hours.

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11/26/10 #1

Greetings from Wyoming!

We had a decent evening at Little America. We both enjoyed their turkey dinner special with pumpkin pie at their restaurant. Nice way to end s crappy day…

We made on the road by 7:30am. We are still having problems with the cold water pipes in MoHo. Still have hot water so was able to get freshened up at the sink.

We purchased 66 gallons of diesel fuel before hitting the road. Our average mileage yesterday was only 5.65 mpg – not good. Should be better today coming out of the mountains.

We plan on making it well into Oregon today. Not exactly sure where we will stop tonight – depends on the weather and John…. Will be going through Salt Lake City in a few hours.

Right now the view is quite rugged and pretty – just a dusting of snow on ground.

Will post again in few hours…

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11/25/10 #5

We made it to Little America, WY for the night. The drive here really sucked. The wind kept up all evening. Just when we thought it was starting to let up, it would come back just as strong. Gusts up to 60 mph+ :(

No more damage to the MoHo after we cut off the slide out awning. We still don’t gave cold water in the rv – so will probably need to shower at the truck stop in the morning. Yeah…

Heading out to the restaurant for supper. Hoping they have turkey on the menu… Also hoping for better weather tomorrow…

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10/25/10 #4

We are at milearker 249 and it is super windy out. We stopped and tie strapped down another window awning in the 60+ mph wind and clod. It is no joke out here.

The wind tore the slideout awning off – we had to pull over again to deal with that. Nothing we could do except get the box cutter out and cut the fabric off. Real treat while on a ladder in the elements…

We will be very very lucky if that is the only awning we loose.

We are hoping to be able to drive out of this wind, and make it to the Little America truck stop at exit 69, but not sure John will make it that long.

Will post again in few hours…

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