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  • As promised, the final day of the trip. The plan had been for me to stay the night of the 24th in Pendleton, OR and drive the last leg home on Saturday, the 25th. I got away by about 8:30 and was prepared for a relatively slow drive to Pendleton. Shortly after getting on the road I decided I had had enough of road food (especially hotel breakfasts - I was ready to kill for some fresh fruit), but most of all I wanted to be home with Mel. The two days would have totaled about 650 miles and I knew I could handle that. So I stretched Rico's legs and ate up miles in Idaho. I called and cancelled my reservation in Pendleton.

    When you are doing 80 down the interstate and a small sage brush blows across the road in front of you, there is not much you can do. I exploded it. It wouldn't be until I made a fuel stop in Washington and walked around the front of the car that I would realize I had taken part of it, lodged in my grill, for a several hundred mile ride.

    Oregon was my next state and I knew from prior experience that Eastern Oregon was not much to look at. I did make a fuel stop in Baker City before continuing on to Pendleton.





    At the rate I was going I made Pendleton by 12:30. After a stop for lunch it was back on the road and on to Washington. There is a pair of bridges that span the Columbia River, and just upstream from them is the McNary Dam.





    So then into Washington and not many hours to home now. Eastern Washington would be a desert without irrigation, but with it you can grow a lot of grapes (and other stuff, too) and make some really fine wines.





    I had been on I-84 through Idaho and much or Oregon, and then onto I-82 to cross over into Washington and on up through Yakima. At Ellensburg I stopped for fuel (discovered the sage brush in the grill) and then continued on I-90. I had called Mel and let her know of the change and she made a trip out to Trader Joe's to pick up some things to prepare a nice dinner for me. I made the transition to Washington 18 and then good old I-5. After a stop to fill the tank at my local friendly Shell station where I paid the highest price of the trip by far, I got home at 6:45.

    So now it is do the laundry and clean the car thoroughly and so on. To my wonderful friends who have 'ridden along' with me on this journey, thank you so much for your interest and support. It meant a great deal to me.

    As to a Redliner article, I will extract all the text and selected photos to produce a travelogue for our web site, so I will have what is needed if requested. It will probably be too large for the typical size of the newsletter, but it is what it is. I am still inclined to believe that it has its greatest value as a journal on the forum where folks can follow it as it progresses.

    The end.

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    • I really hate to see those words....."The End"...It has been quite the journey.....Glad you are home to Mel.....and you had no accidents...or problems....but most of all....you are safe....and sound...
      See you later...Tom !!!
      MY'03....Silverstone / Red Loaded with "Whistles, Bells & Toys"....







      Life's journey is not to arrive @ the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to "skid" in sideways, totally worn out, shouting"...holy sh*t...what a ride!"

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      • Originally posted by Looter View Post
        I really hate to see those words....."The End"...It has been quite the journey.....Glad you are home to Mel.....and you had no accidents...or problems....but most of all....you are safe....and sound...
        See you later...Tom !!!
        S2KDays Attendee: Asheville, NC 2001 | Austin, TX 2003 | Breckenridge, CO 2004 | Las Vegas, NV 2005 | San Antonio, TX 2006 | Belterra, IN 2007 | Lake George, NY 2008 | San Francisco, CA 2009 | Asheville, NC 2010 | Keystone, SD 2011 | Golden, CO 2012 | Atlanta, GA 2013 | Hood River, OR 2014 | Cumberland Falls, KY 2015 | Durango, CO 2016 | Fredericksburg, TX 2017 | SoCal, CA 2018 | Gettysburg, PA 2019

        Rose Mary
        Casselton, ND

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        • Well Done, Tom! Very much enjoyed "traveling" along with you. Excellent write-ups, as well as pics.

          I'm sure many of us would like to make a similar trip as the great experience you enjoyed.

          Many Thanks!
          Len

          '06 Suzuka Blue

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          • AWESOME Tom ! Thanks for the ride !

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