Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Boise to Pendleton, OR

It was WINDY today.  We left anyway because we're schedule driven.  It wasn't so bad that it was dangerous, but it was definitely noticeable.  Jim had to steer a lot.  The whole drive is on I84.  It's very agricultural out there.


This is an abandoned concrete plant.


Just up the road is the new one.  Today I noticed that raw material is being removed from this hill side.  Then it is put in the pipe that feeds the new concrete plant.


It's an enormous thing, complete with their own rail spur.


There is some up and down, and a few curves, but it's not a torturous route.  Just before Pendleton there are a series of signs warning of the upcoming descent.


It's impressive.  Here we are looking out into space.  I think I can see the curvature of the earth.


More of the downhill.


We're back at the Wild Horse Casino which I have previously reviewed.  Nothing much has changed in the interim.  Tomorrow we are moving on to Portland.  There are things to be accomplished there, such as a new windshield for the truck, and an oil change for the truck.  Every time we start the engine it displays the "please change oil soon" message.  It's time.

Did you know the North Sea oil fields are running out of oil?  There's a new business opportunity in dismantling the drilling platforms.  NYT did an interesting piece on the whole endeavor.  It's a lot of words, but it's worth a read.

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