Thursday, May 26, 2016

Smith Rock

Today marked the first time since November that there has been strenuous exercise.  It felt wonderful.  We went out to Smith Rock for a walk with hiking poles.  Is it not beautiful here?  To get to the trails on the other side of the water, there is a steep little descent.

Look closely and you can see the switch backs with people on them.  That's the Misery Ridge trail which we did not do today.  It climbs 900 feet in one mile. 

Instead, we did the Wolf Tree trail.  It's mainly flat and goes along the Crooked River. 

This is at the base of a really steep climb on a different trail.  I guess if you injure yourself, you break open the litter and crutch your way back to the trail head.

Parts of the trail remind us of Utah, only not as red.

Look in the lower right hand corner of this photo.  See the dark blob with some white around it?  That's an eagle's nest.  There are several of them up in the rocks.  After breeding season, they'll re-open the area to rock climbers.

It was a good day. 

Klamath Falls to Redmond OR

The drive to Redmond was stress free and fairly bucolic.  We went straight up 97.  There is a Pilot just north of Klamath Falls that is very easily accessed.   It's good to stop there for fuel, after you head north there are very few opportunities.

We're back at the Deschutes County Expo Center and RV park for the next few days.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Klamath Falls KOA

We stayed at the KOA while overnighting in Klamath Falls.  It's in the "Journey" category, as in it's not a destination RV park.

The park is sort of a pain to get into.  One must make a sharp right turn into the drive, and then an immediate second sharp turn in the parking lot.  It's doable, as long as no one is blocking the arc of your turn.
If someone is at the other pump, it will make the turn difficult.

Interior roads are paved, sites are gravel and fairly unlevel.  Power is good.  Water pressure is good.  Verizon is pretty dang slow, it takes awhile for Google maps to load.  They do lead you to your site, which is good.  No data on restrooms or laundry.  There are trains, with loud whistles, late at night.
We're in site 27 which is a pull through, and we have a clear shot at the southern sky.
It's ok for an overnight, and we would come back here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sparks, NV to Klamath Falls, OR

Today's route was US395, to CA139 to OR39.  See the gray line between just south of Susanville up to Adin?  That is CA139.  If you are driving a Class A,
The lanes are very narrow, the fog stripe is often on the crumbling edge of the road.  There are sharp drops from the edge of the road.  The surface of the road is so rough that it causes the RV to move from side to side.  It was 65 miles of absolutely miserable driving.  Jim held it to 40 - 45 to keep the bus under control.  We would have been better off staying on US395 and going through Alturas and then over to CA139.  It's longer, but the road is better and speeds would have been higher. 

The road surface on a good stretch.

There are several pretty good climbs on the route.  Here were are behind the first paint truck of the day on a climb.  The yellow center stripe was wet.  Hours later we would be behind another paint truck doing the fog stripe.

If you're in a B or a C class, or a car, or a motorcycle, it's a gorgeous drive.  It's just not enough road for a Class A.

So, we're pretty tired and happy to be in Klamath Falls.