Last night was horrendous. We experienced heavy rain and high winds, with 60 mph gusts that really rocked Miss Journey throughout the night. Thank heavens we put our big slides in before the rains started. We lost power a few times, into the morning. The prediction was for this weather to continue until 5 pm today (Friday). So during that terrible night I decided there was no way we would travel north. Having seen the predictions I’d asked at the office if we could extend our time there. Nope – full up. So during the night I figured we’d try 7 Feathers Casino RV resort, even though it’s very expensive. What’s money when it comes to your well being? By the morning things seemed to have quieted some. I checked the weather report (Weather Underground app). It had changed to say now a Wind Warning where the gusts and all would decrease by 11 am. John looked at the Salem area. It seems the wind will pick up there later in the day.
Poor John had to do his jobs in pouring rain (ah, spring on the Coast), but all went smoothly and we were off by 9:10. Our brand new windshield wipers, that Len helped us install at Soledad, were working beautifully. Everything was so green, it was just gorgeous.
After lots of rolling, green hills with pasturing animals (cattle, sheep and horses), we came to flat land. All this while with rain until the latter part of our trip. Also the last half was largely going straight on flat land. The terrible wind (30-35 mph) was mostly behind us, with gusts some of the time, so our fuel mileage got up to 9.9 mpg. All in all, not nearly the terrible trip we were expecting.
As we exited I-5, John didn’t quite negotiate to the appropriate left, concentrating instead on the path that his GPS was giving, we followed that way. I was freaking out, because we appeared to be going farther away from our destination all the time, but it turned out fine. We arrived in cold, pouring rain around noon.
This is one of the more special Elks’ “campgrounds”: FHU, 30/50 amp (good) power, Verizon service, TV satellite reception and even free WiFi. Very level sites, where you park the rig on gravel, your car nearby and you have a lovely asphalt pad for your patio area. All this for just $20/night. Not to mention Elks’ campgrounds are usually within cities and the Elk Lodge provides a bar, meals, and sometimes fun like dances.
After lunch I took a long nap and John relaxed.