PORTLAND TO REDDING
Sometimes plans made early are meant to be changed and some of our plans made last September seemed destined to change as we realized that we had set ourselves up for overly long drives. Earlier in the trip we moved a night in Fargo to a night in Bismarck to lighten the next day. This time the drive down the coast from Portland all the way to Eureka looked way too long at this stage in a 30 day trip, so after much discussion we decided to substitute some freeway miles and headed off on the 5 southbound to Medford. We made a short stop in Salem so Doug could check one more state capitol off his list. The freeway traffic was unusually heavy and then we noticed that everyone in the cars and motorhomes was dressed in Oregon Duck colors – it was the season opening football came in Eugene against the UC Davis Aggies. After Eugene, traffic was considerably lighter.
Along the way, Rob suggested a lunch break and asked about Oakland. Daryl said Oakland looks like there is nothing there and then she found Tolly’s on her trusty phone. The restaurant is located in a town of 900 and is in an 1872 drugstore, complete with soda fountain. We had a great light lunch and then took some back roads as far as Roseburg. At this point, Rob thought maybe Medford was too close a target, so we made more changes to hotels, grabbing the last 2 rooms at the smaller Best Western in Redding. Everything else was booked solid from Medford down. The trip down to Redding was not the horrible freeway drive we had expected, since at this point in the state the 5 is also known as the Cascade Wonderland Highway. We had views of Mount Shasta through the haze from some No Cal fire activity and Doug could tell that Lake Shasta was low.
We arrived in Redding done for the day. Plans to wash the cars or even get back into them to find dinner went by the wayside. We ordered pizza and ate in the breakfast room, while Marilyn and Daryl did a little laundry to get us through until the end of the trip. A quiet evening before tackling winding roads from Williams over to Fort Bragg and then down to Mendocino seemed like a good idea.
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