Tennessee-Nauvoo Trek travel blog


Well, I said that the steak last night was almost inedible and that I probably shouldn't have finished it. It turns out that that would have been a great idea. After I finished yesterday's episode for this journal, I really wasn't feeling well. I felt almost sick to the stomach and really bloated. I went to bad but that didn't last long. I was up about 2:00 a.m. with a serious version of Montezuma's Revenge (without the benefit of having gone to Mexico). In the morning, when it was still seriously bothering me, Suzi gave me some of her prescription medicine...a triple dose. It eventually seemed to slow things down enough to allow me to finish the process of breaking camp. We were on the road a few minutes after 11:00 a.m.

The trip through the remainder of Idaho and through Oregon was fairly uneventful. I have to say that the roads in Oregon are vastly superior, on a whole, to those in any other of the states we visited.

However, when we got into the Columbia Gorge, the winds picked up and really were rocking us around. These motor homes aren't exactly aerodynamic, especially when the winds are blowing and gusting from the side. When Suzi mentioned that she was getting nervous about being blown around so much, that was a good excuse to slow down. The winds were sure being put to good use on the river, however. We saw lots of wind surfers at a number of places along the river.

By the time we got down to the Cascade Locks area, the winds had abated to the point where they were no longer a problem.

Well, that is the end of our long trek. As I said at the beginning, this is the first time that we have attempted such a trek and it worked out surprisingly well. I have lots of editing of the journal, particularly the addition of a lot of photos that I either didn't have time to upload or fast enough WIFI, or WIFI at all.

I hope that you have enjoyed the trip and will enjoy the editing part that will take place over the next while. Thanks for joining us.

We got home around 6:00 p.m. and were glad to be there.

Some time later, Sarah came by with the kids without telling them that we were back. As soon as Kaila saw the motor home she got really excited and said that Grandma and Grandpa were back.

We had a fun reunion with all four of them. It was fun to see how much Addie had progressed. When we left, she was trying to crawl...just managing to move one knee ahead of the other but not really progressing. Now she is crawling all over the place and trying to get up on her feet and walk.

It was a riot watching her trying to follow the other two as they ran loops through the kitchen, dining room and living room. All the time that she was following them she was laughing hysterically. It was really fun to see them all.

Kevin came by later for a brief visit on the way home from a very long day at work. He was obviously very tired and could hardly stay awake. But, it was good to see him and appreciated him taking the time and effort to come by. They have done a nice job of looking after the house, bringing in the mail, keeping things watered and the lawn mowed. We really appreciate their efforts.

Well, the trek is over with. As I said at the beginning, this was a new adventure for us and we had never attempted such a long trip; let alone in a motor home. Surprisingly, everything went very well with very few gliches. We had a great time and enjoyed a lot of spectacular areas of our country, as well as, being able to visit many of the places where important things took place in the restoration of our Church

We hope that you enjoyed following us on our trip. It was nice to have you along, even if it was only by following this journal. There is lots of editing to do and photos to upload. There were lots of places where there wasn't WIFI or where it was too slow to do what I needed to do. And, I suspect it will take a while to get everything caught up.

Thanks again for joining us and hope you enjoyed the trip.



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