OCT 24, SATURDAY; Departure and entering the USA
Cloudy, cold and the sun came out later on. We were on the road by 9 am. Honked at everyone as we departed. We got on Hwy 1 to Salmon Arm where I put $200 of fuel and checked our mail. We continued on to 97 C then 97 A and finally 97 to Osoyoos. We stopped in OLIVER and called Jeff one last time then I suspended our phone. We entered the USA without any hassle and were on our way within 10 minutes. We drove south on 97 to OMAK where I got my MIFI gizmo hooked up with VERIZON and the cell (509 322 0772) with AT&T. We went for dinner at Pizza hut then drove to the WALMART parking lot where we are spending the night. We called Aud and Marcel and texted Jeffrey with our new #. I also took on fuel @ $2.399
We drove 225 miles @ an average 44 MPH in 5 hrs.
N 48* 24.984’
W 119* 30.493’
ALT: 936 ft.
OCT 25, SUNDAY; Omak, WASH to Madras, OR
I was awake at 6:30 am. It was a cold night with no heat on so the furnace is working double time right now with the generator going. There must be a half dozen or more RV’s in the Walmart parking lot surrounding us. We have clear sky and the sun is rising! We had a quick breakfast, got ready and were on the road (Hwy97) by 8:25 am. We turned on Hwy 17 south to Soap Lake where we took Hwy 283 to I-90W then I-82 south to Yakima where we got back on Hwy 97 for the rest of the journey. We stopped in Wasco OREGON for fuel @ $2.46/gal then continued on. We finally arrived in MADRAS, OR at 5:20 pm. This is an unusually long day but between Wasco and Madras there were very little villages and nowhere decent to stop for the night. The drive was gorgeous though with forest, rolling hills, high prairie grass. We had sun for most of the day except for about an hour when we drove through rain just before reaching Oregon. We had dinner then read for a while. I tried BELL TV but no dice so I set up the DISH receiver but had no success in hooking up. Will have to deal with this in Bend, OR
N 44* 37.203’
W 121* 08.109
ALT 2325 Ft
We drove 375 miles in 7.5 hours @ an average 50 mph. We stopped a total of an hour and a half for a total day of 9 hrs.
OCT 26, MONDAY; Madras to Bend OREGON
This was a slow, easy morning. Actually we never left until 11 am and arrived at our destination around noon under sunny sky! The drive down was 4 lanes most of the way. Once in Bend, I stopped to find out where the BEAVER DEALER AND SERVICE was located, had to double back to exit 135B and bingo, there it was. Our first thought was “let’s trade her in” J The yard is full of new and used beautiful Monaco and Beaver Coach! We restrained ourselves under stressful duress and went in to the service area and checked in. We were told to find a spot with power which we did, parked then went into town to buy a few groceries and wine at TRADER JOE for $14 for a 5 litres box, NO TAX ($40 in BC with taxes)! WELCOME TO THE USA!!! We also stopped at BATH & LINEN and bought a couple items to replace the old ones then came home and I worked on setting up DISH NETWORK! One of the Technician came out to give me hand and together we got it working. Dinner then a relaxing evening. I also washed the Jeep while in town and cleaned the windshield on the Beaver. It was a balmy 17*C today