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May 11, 2017 - Day 12 - Mitchell to John Day, OR

Today’s ride to John Day was a WINDY, but fairly straight and not that windy, 71-mile journey with 3,366’ of ascent. John Day, population 1,680 and elevation 3,087’, is named for the John Day River. Both the John Day River and the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument are named for John Day, a member of the Astor (as in Astoria) Expedition and an early explorer of the area. Since we had spent the night in Dayville, we had to get up early to drive back to Mitchell for me to start the ride. I wanted to get an early start because 17-20 mph...

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Sep 13, 2015 - Kam Wah Chung

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Sep 12, 2015 - Grant County Fairgrounds RV Park

Had a breakdown on the way here. A gentleman on a Motorcycle stopped in the rest area where we were. When I explained the problem he asked for a screwdriver. After bleeding air from the fuel line and re priming the system it started and we were able to continue. Upon arrival we found the Fairgrounds occupied by a couple hundred bivouacked firefighters. By morning they began packing up. By evening only 4 or 5 dozen tents remain. They have the fire well under control.

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Jun 7, 2015 - Grant County Fairgrounds

Lost another tire. Blowout this time. Some minor damage. Don't buy Good Year Trailer tires. They are made in China and have a bad reputation. This will be 4 we had to replace. Staying at Grant County Fairgrounds RV Park for 1 night then on to Pasco, WA.

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Jul 30, 2014 - Fossil Beds National Monument

Days 3-4 July 28-29, 2014 This morning the sky was a beautiful blue. We crossed the Columbia River at Biggs and headed south on SR 97. By the time we turned off SR 97 in the small farming community of Shanika, we’d climbed up to an altitude of about three thousand feet. We were in wheat farming country! We took a scenic Oregon Byway east on the Shaniko-Fossil Highway. Even though the speed limit was fifty-five, I rarely could drive faster than forty mph. It was a scenic byway, after all! The area was extremely arid. There were lots of...

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2014 Trip Journal

Jun 15, 2014 - May: To Bend, Oregon & Sandpoint, ID June: Starting our move to Clark Fork, ID.

As I have been preparing for this entry, the main theme going through my head is...one chapter closing and another one opening. Appropriately so, this trip journal is winding down and I believe that I will be making one more entry before closing this. On the other hand, Bob and I have a whole new life ahead of us. It will be very interesting and exciting, for sure! We are definitely looking forward to our new adventures. We will be leaving John Day this Wednesday for our new home territory in the Sandpoint, Idaho area. Reservations are...

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May 3, 2014 - April: Trips to Montana and Idaho

The older I get, I realize more and more to NEVER SAY NEVER.............................. Before I share with you our trips to Montana and Idaho, I'm too excited to wait in telling you some other realizations and possibilities. I believe I have said in a past trip journal that Bob and I are starting to feel the "walls closing in" as we are completing our 6th year of living in the RV. With that being said, we have been making trips to the Sandpoint, Idaho area searching for that right piece of property to build our retirement home. Sandpoint...

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Mar 30, 2014 - Sandpoint, Idaho & Early Spring in Eastern Oregon

Spring is here.....well, at least here in Oregon. I have taken notice that the weather back in the northeast has been more & more of wintery cold. Though the daffodils and forsythias have bloom here, our weather has been a little schizophrenic.....sunny one minute, then rain, then sleet, back to sun, then more sleet. Today has been one of those messy days, so Bob and I opted out of biking with our friends. I hate riding when it's raining out. We have become enthralled with Sandpoint, Idaho...so we returned for a weekend on March 14th....

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Mar 2, 2014 - A Winter Trip to Upstate NY: Happy 80th, Aunt Mary!

As I am writing this, Bob is still in Cheyenne playing the DIY father. He was suppose to be home today, but between the wintry weather pattern in Wyoming and the rainy, foggy weather here in eastern Oregon, he felt that it would be best to wait until the weather systems clear. He hopes to head home on Tuesday. Though John has had to work most of the time since Bob has been there, John truly appreciates all the little projects Bob has been doing for him and, I know, enjoys spending the time he can with his Dad. I have been using my "free"...

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Feb 2, 2014 - January trips in Idaho: Boise, Couer D'Alene, Sandpoint

Since moving to this area, Bob and I have taken a liking to Boise, Idaho. Since Boise was having their annual RV show, and 2007 was the last time we went to the Tampa RV show, this gave us a good reason for a weekend trip. On that particular weekend, an inversion factor was affecting parts of eastern Oregon into Idaho. Ice fog made all the trees and bushes glisten. I just had to take some pictures....................Also, on our way to Boise, a Subaru with a young 20-ish couple flipped while going through the national forest area. We picked...

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Dec 22, 2013 - From Thanksgiving to Christmas....From Idaho to Wyoming

So much to be thankful for.........Bob and I spent Thanksgiving day with his boss, Glen Johnston, and his family and guests. It was a delightful afternoon! On Friday of that holiday weekend, we were on the road, headed for McCall,Idaho. Unbeknownst to me, Bob chose one of his less direct, but scenic routes. As I was driving and driving and driving, I asked, "Are you sure this is the most direct route?" Answer: "Probably not, but I figured it would be scenic." Parts of it were pretty, especially the reservoirs, but we won't go that...

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Nov 16, 2013 - Celebrating our 26th Anniversary in Panorama, British Columbia

O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free! From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. This is our second anniversary in British Columbia and, without hesitation, BC is one of our favorite places to visit. It is soooo beautiful!! But visiting Panorama was a first for us. John was able to join us for the...

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