It was still a beautiful drive, even in the rain..

Umpqua River

The best picture I could get of the elk..

Would love to see this one...

This is what our road looked like in the fog...

First view of the Pacific..

The nightmare of a tunnel :-)

Car in the ditch..

It was raining cats and dogs.. :-)

Our site at the Port of Newport RV Park

Last one!

Today was a long (250 miles) driving day. It was a beautiful drive along the new Oregon Umpqua Scenic Byway. It runs along the Umpqua River and became a new byway as of April 2008. The new designation applies to the stretch of road that begins in Oakland, runs down to Sutherlin, follows highway 138 to Elkton, and finally goes along Highway 38 to Reedsport, Oregon.

We had so much rain today, it was coming down like cats and dogs. :-) We could hardly see the river. I did manage to get a few pictures along the way, please pardon all the raindrops.

We were very excited to see a huge herd of Roosevelt Elk on the drive. I counted 45 before getting too far out of range to count more. When we finally made it to the coast, the fog was so bad we could barely see to drive. This was not one of our best travel days. :-)

We also saw a tunnel that read 11 1/2 feet, we were about to drive in and stopped. Our rig is 12 1/2 feet. Yikes! I noticed it said it was 14 feet in the middle. What we had to do is stay in the middle and PRAY no one big was coming from the other side. It was scary..I am thankful we are still here to tell the story. :-)

We also saw a car that had ran off in the ditch. The wrecker was trying to figure out how to get to him to pull him out. So sad to see.

We are now very happy to be parked and set up for a few days to explore the beautiful coast of Oregon. Hoping for some sunshine tomorrow. Check back later for more from Oregon.

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