Backed out of my garage 5:25
am Thursday, April 11 headed up the Columbia Gorge in a dark rain.
Lighten to a luminescent pearl grey--like driving in heaven. Unexpected
and much appreciated reception at the Columbia Gorge Hotel but LuAnn doesn't
know howto do anything short of first class. Channel 6 Ray Summers
there with handsome camera man, Hood River news guy and local Red Hatters
who woke up early to see me off! One gave me a little purple lizard--my
only passenger--who is full of beans and goes limp (more about that later).
Sun was out and it was clear
by Biggs Junction and everything running well so I shot past Pendleton
and up the long, winding "trucker's nightmare"known as Cabbage Hill.
Hit snow Baker, saw lots of it but didn't feel cold. Got the good
gear. Made it all the way to Twin Falls the first day--and looked
a LOT like that little lizard when I arrived.
The T-shirt: bought
in Key West @ Mel Fisher's Museum "Today's the Day" is the telegram he
sent to his crew who helped find the Atocha, Spanish sunken ship. Saved
this shirt for just this occassion.
we're as ready as we'll ever be! Let's roll.
Red Hatters get up
too early April 11th to say "so long" to Alyce @ the Columbia Gorge Hotel.
6 KOIN camera man gets his own medicine -- now he's on film!
Ray Summers braved
the rain to cover the story for KOIN news.
ways of traveling -- roadster preferred (Baker, OR)
You meet some interesting
folk on the road --this guy outside auto parts store in Baker - replaced
gas cap on roadster.