Saturday, September 10, 2011

Updated September 10 at 8:07 p.m.

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~Photos~

The first photo shows how the car is able to hold all of our stuff, it doesn't even reach up to the bottom of the windows! Photo two is a mural in the village of Alsea. Photo Three is just to the right of photo two and across the street (OR 34). Photo four is near the coast where the Alsea River levels out and widens before it flows into Alsea Bay and then into the Pacific under the US 101 bridge at Waldport (shown in photo five). Photo six is looking north towards the mouth of the Alsea River (near the center of the photo) at Waldport from US 101.

Photos seven and eight are in the old part of Florence at the hot rod show.




~Narrative~

We left our house at 7 a.m., an hour ahead of schedule. That was possible because we had packed and assembled everything in the days leading up to Saturday.

We stopped at our usual Starbucks just south of Olympia for breakfast of a latte, a turkey sandwich (we shared that), and a cheese Danish. That is typical of our travel breakfast the first day.

The drive south was uneventful with light traffic, less than I had expected even in Portland. About two miles south of Salem we encountered a rolling slowdown. Traffic could be seen for miles ahead. We would poke along at 15-20 mph then speed up to 60 and then back to 20. This lasted all the way to our exit just south of Albany onto OR 34. A few miles north of Albany we spotted a white 500, in the fast lane, headed north - our first one sighted on the trip.

We stopped at a Safeway store, in Corvallis, to purchase a few light items for lunch. Since I was able to park in the shade of a tree, we just sat on a curb to eat. It was actually pleasant, parked far away from the store we had the area to ourselves.

The big job now is to find a decent place for dinner. We filled the tank with gas at a Fred Myers just as we entered town - so we will be ready to roll first thing in the morning immediately after I check the oil level.

Evening update...We drove into the historic part of Florence to have dinner at Mo's Seafood Restaurant and to our suprise found the main street closed off. A hot rod show is being held this weekend. Four blocks of really nice old cars, the cutoff year being 1972, most were 50s and older. See a couple of photos above.




~Statistics~

Today's starting point: Port Orchard, Washington

Today's departure time: 7:00 a.m.

Today's end point: Florence, Oregon

Today's arrival time: 3:28 p.m.

Miles driven = 353.5

Elapsed driving time = 7 hours 4 minutes

Average speed = 50 mph

Average miles per gallon = 43.8

Route followed today: SR 16 east to Tacoma, I-5 south to Albany, OR 34 west to US 101, US 101 south to Florence




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