Sunday, August 21, 2011

I Survived I-5

Yes, I did...I survived I-5!!!  Not without a mishap, though, and I wasn't aware of it until I was parked at the RV park.  I was about 35 miles from my destination and I thought I heard something (but things had been flying around inside Olivia, so I thought it was more of that), looked out the drivers side mirror and saw something go flying across the freeway from the fast lane over to my right.   I saw a car pull off the side of the freeway next to the median really fast.  It didn't appear that they'd lost a tire but I just couldn't figure it out until I walked around Olivia and saw this...

It's supposed to look like this...

Now I'm wondering if some damage was done to their car and, if so, I feel horrible.  I'll never know.  What I do know is that replacing that hub cap probably won't be cheap.  Aargh.  

Despite the above, I'm really starting to like this RVing thing.  I made numerous stops along the way, not pictorial stops, unfortunately, mostly rest areas.  I didn't feel rushed and drove mostly around 60.  When I first got to Oregon the speed limit was 55 and I had no problem with that.  Traffic around Portland was awful.  405 was closed so I think that contributed to the awfulness.  We were down to two lanes when I noticed a sign for Salem, realized I was supposed to drive through there and switched lanes.  Then I noticed I'd been in the lanes for downtown Portland and I changed lanes just before it would have been too late.  Phew.  

Something I haven't seen for ages was hitchhikers.  First, I saw three young women (they were together) and then a couple men, hiking individually.  I also saw a sign saying not to pick up I started looking for a prison.  In Arizona when there's a sign not to pick up hitchhikers that means that a prison is in the vicinity.  Not so where I was.  

I'm at the Riverbend Resort in Harrisburg, OR.  There's one tree in the RV park and I'm parked in front of it...

This is what's behind my spot, a grove of Poplar trees...

A short distance away, but not visible from Olivia, is the Willamette River...

Before I left home, I took out the chair in Olivia because I didn't think it was very comfortable and it took up too much space.  Besides, the driver's and passenger seats both swivel around and they recline.  The one I took out doesn't recline.  So, instead of this (chair in foreground)...

it now looks like this...

I kept the foot stool and added the crazy looking portable chair (with a back) to the foot stool and it's working out great.  I also have a great view outside my window...

This is check in and I get to keep an eye on all the activity going on.  

I just talked to my friend who's house/dog sitting for me and she was complaining about the heat, especially inside my house.  I remembered that I have a window thermometer I can attach outside so I went and got it and made Kathy feel somewhat better because it's 94〫 here.  However, I have an air conditioned RV so it isn't a fair comparison.  In fact, I'm feeling chilly so I need to turn it down, or go for a walk.  I think I'll go for a walk and finish this afterwards.  

I'm back from my walk and hungry so I'm going to fix dinner.  Training starts tomorrow so I'll let you know what I learned.

Loving the sunshine,



  1. too bad about the 'hubcap'!..enjoy your stay...looks like a nice rv park..great to be close to the river!!

  2. Hope the other car was OK. But like you said, you'll never know! Looking forward to learning what you learned!

  3. Bummer about the hub cap, hope all was well with the car. Learn lots of good stuff then you can tell us all about it.

  4. Glad you made it okay - I liked the 55 mph in Oregon. It was just my speed! Hope the class went well. Can't wait to hear about it. :)