We started our day with a beautiful drive through wine country with miles of vineyards. It was outstanding, miles of mountains and streams reminded us so much of the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee. We got off to a great start, we had planned to drive about 175 miles to the Yreka, California area. We made it about 100 miles to Leggett, California before we saw a sign on Highway 101 saying turn around, 101 is closed ahead, you must take another route. The only problem, we were in the motorhome pulling our car, there wasn’t a place to turn around with our rig. We kept going until we saw a tourist information stop with enough room to turn around. They told us about a huge rock slide, they had one earlier in the week and had spent days clearing it. They were about to open the road and the next morning they saw it happened again. They described it as “half a mountain” sliding down into the road. Yikes!
We had to turn around and go back 40 miles to find a place to stay until they get the road cleared. They have men working twelve hour days around the clock trying to clear the road. We will be staying in the area until we get a notice that the road has been cleared. They did tell us about an alternate route, but it was adding about eight hours to our drive, not fun. :-) We will make the best of it and spend our waiting days exploring Fort Bragg and some of the towns along the Pacific Coast. Check back later for more from California and hopefully, in a few days, Oregon.