Things have pretty much gone the way we thought they would since our last update.
Thursday (7/14) after our morning routine we filled the tank in the Jeep, tossed in a little gas stabilizer, pulled it into our enclosed storage unit, unhooked the battery, blew it a little kiss and shut the door where it will remain until our next visit which is planned for May 2017.
As soon as the door shut I called and had the insurance on the Jeep dropped down to just comprehensive and raised the deductible.
After leaving the storage unit we headed over to our friends Rich & Chris for one more visit with them, Jack & Felix before we left the area. It was great seeing them again this year and time will fly by and we will be sitting around again next year before we know it.
Friday (7/15) we hooked up to the truck for the first time and hit the road. I think I did our walk through on the “hooking up to the toad” part 3 times before driving away. I have always thought getting the Jeep ready to tow on travel days was easy but the F150 is just a tad bit easier. Everything outside is really the same but the sequence inside with getting the transmission ready is just a little easier.
After pulling out I made a stop at the first rest area we came across to do another walk around and everything was perfect. I was feeling pretty good about that.
We had a nice mellow drive through some good old Oregon beauty all the way to La Pine. There is a large truck stop in La Pine that I figured would be pretty empty pulling into town mid-day so we took advantage of it to take the bikes off the pickup and load them onto the rear of the motorhome top give everything a good clearance test with the new truck.
Even though we couldn’t test it in any off camber situations it did pass the “sharpest turn we can make” test with flying colors. Feeling good about that as well!!
After we were satisfied with our tests we were off to visit our friends Bob & Karen. We may have mentioned it before but Bob & Karen are putting together a nice new place to call home when they are not on the road in their motorhome and the last time we saw their property it just had 2 RV sites and a shed so we were looking forward to seeing the progress over the last few months.
It’s not finished yet but it sure will be a nice spot when it is. We had the honor of sharing the very first meal they had in the house.
In fact we shared the first 2 meals they had in the digs.
Every time we get together bike riding has been involved and this time was no different. Even though we had ridden the area before we had a great ride from Lava Lands National Park to Benham Falls.
We just love love love the scenery and there is a nice variety of trails you can ride. One of our favorite places to ride.
We also managed to make our way to Bend one day to putz around and had a nice linner (late lunch early dinner) at McKay’s Cottage followed by our last happy hour at home before our planned departure on Tuesday.
Tuesday morning (7/19) as we were pulling our slides in Bob decided it would be a great time for him & I to take their new hot-tub off the trailer and place it on his new patio.
Now us RVers all have stories about people coming up as you are trying to set up or take down camp but I bet none of you have had a guy come buy while your engine was running and you are putting in slides to ask you for help with a hot-tub!!!!
In all honesty Bob knew I was going to razz him about it on the blog because well, it was just too damn easy LOL!!! And we talked about setting the hot-tub in place every day we were there but never did it so I was more than happy to help. Besides, we will be wanting to use that thing the next time through!!!
After getting the hot tub in place we said our “see ya laters” hooked up the truck and headed off. Another nice visit with friends and if things work out we may see them next in Arizona this winter.
Once we left Bob & Karen’s we stopped at Gordy’s Truck Stop to fill up with fuel and dump our tanks. If you purchase 40 gallons of fuel or more you get to use their dump station for free.
Then we were off!! We jumped on HWY 97, passed through Bend and on to Redmond where we switched over to HWY 126 which connected us to HWY 26.
HWY 26 is a nice drive that takes you by Ochoco Reservoir not far into the drive and then wanders through a few small towns before bringing us to our destination at Clyde Holiday State Park just beyond the small town of Mt. Vernon and about 7 miles shy of John Day.
It’s a nice drive even though there is a pretty good climb in one area that goes on for a while and a very nice twisty section that we have ridden before on motorcycles a few times (much more fun on the motorcycles LOL).
We stayed at Clyde Holiday last year while traveling through and liked it so it made sense to stop again. Beware, it is a 1st come 1st serve park and this time we rolled in about 2pm and within an hour of us arriving the place was full for the night.
Once again we are a little behind on the blog so come back soon to check out our next update about our visit to the John Day Fossil Beds..