Continuing Across Oregon Headed for Port Orford

Tuesday August 22, 2017 Agness, Oregon

On towards the ocean

I broke camp this morning and got back on highway 140 west to Lakeview.

This was the road I took back to the main road from camp.road1

 

Lakeview Oregon

I got gas at Lakeview and did some shopping and got back on 140 west across Oregon.

Traffic on 140 was mostly light with some construction going on.raod2

 

Lots of trees in Oregon. With trees comes fire and the air was full of smoke all day.road3

 

I went by this lake which I think is one of the Klamath Lakes, but everything was smoky.lake4

 

I had to do a piece of freeway five near Medford I didn’t like much as everyone was in  a hurry and there were a bunch of them on the road. Yuck.

Coastal mountain route

But eventually I got onto this road to the coast over the hills. It’s not used much as it’s fairly long and rough in some spots.road5

 

Much smoke

I’m hoping to get out of the smoke as I get further into the coastal mountains, but so far no luck.road6

 

Some of the road even had a center stripe on it, but that wasn’t’ the norm.road7

 

 

Detour

There was a detour for about twenty miles where the road turned to rock which was  a bit bouncy.road8

 

Didn’t clear the smoke for camp

I was hoping to clear the smoke before I made camp, but the road was too long and the smoke too much. I think I will have to make the coast to clear the smoke which I will do tomorrow.

This is my camp for the night. Just a small side road off a side road in the forest.vancamp

 

On to Port Orford

Tomorrow I will continue my drive to the coast about an hour through these mountains I think. Then north to Port Orford where I hope to find some internet access to post this blog.

Nice day.

Posted from Port Orford Oregon library.

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Traveling West, the Eclipse, Two Bucks and Two Antelope

Monday August 21, 2017 Highway 140 Oregon

Traveling West

I broke camp early this morning and was on the road to Winnemucca around 8:30. I wasn’t sure when the eclipse was today, but I hoped to be north of Winnemucca when it happened if possible.

I had to drive down this mining haul road for a couple hours. I passed by this water truck filling with water to water the road. No dust.road1

 

Eclipse

I was on highway 80 near Winnemucca when I detected the sun’s eclipse was on around ten AM. The sky was hazing over and I was seeing people outside their cars looking at the sun.road2

 

I gassed in Winnemucca and went to Wal-Mart to shop. Lots of people outside in the parking lot looking up at the sun. I looked up and could see some of the sun was being blocked alright.

Can’t seem to post

After that I went to McDonalds to post a blog, but it just wouldn’t do it even though I tried for over an hour. I went to another fast food place and tried again with the same result. Fast food places must have a way to block stuff like posting blogs?

Won at Winners

So I went downtown to the Winners as I’ve had some good experiences with them over the years doing business. I parked in their parking lot and yes they had free open internet and I was able to post the two blogs I had written. Thanks Winners.

I headed north on highway 95 for about an hour then turned west on highway 140 headed towards Oregon.

A long lonely road

Highway 140 is long with very few cars on it. Relaxing with no stress.rpad3

 

‘Very few cars on this road.road4

 

The road went through different types of desert.rpad6

 

But it was mostly like this for a couple hours driving, even after entering Oregon.road7

 

Camp in a road kill dump

I was ready to make camp for the day so I was looking for a side road to do so. I pulled into a road that turned out to be a road department dump for road kill animals. I set up camp and was going to stay here and see what kind of animals came in the night to eat the fresh road kill of which there were two deer.bones8

 

But after staying there awhile, the smell started to get to me as the wind would waffle around, so I decided to leave and look up the road a bit more.

A better camp spot

Eventually I found this spot. I parked on the dam and set up camp.

Shortly as I was reading a book, I looked up to see two deer getting a drink of water.pnd9

 

The van makes a good blind

Two deer getting a drink of water as I watched from inside my van, which makes a good blind.deer10

 

They turned out to  be two bucks.deer12

 

See two bucks after they got their drink of water.deer11

 

And antelope too

About a half hour later I saw some more movement by the pond. Two antelope wanted a drink of water so I watched them.ants

 

They weren’t real sure about my van being parked there, but eventually they too came in for a drink of water.lopes

 

Here’s one of the antelope as it looks up from getting a drink of water.antelope

 

They followed where the two deer went over to a grassy field not far from the pond where they ate grass. I watched them until it got too dark to see anything.

Tomorrow’s plans

Tomorrow I will continue on to Lakeview Oregon where I hope to post this blog and get some gas, then continue on west across Oregon heading for the coast, Port Orford.

Nice day.

From Lakeview Oregon

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