That’s what the drive from Ontario, Or to Pendleton, OR was PLUS major climbing and descending. It was overcast all day but no rain.
I even saw SNOW on the sides of the roads. !
No that’s not dirt on your screen – it’s all the bugs on my windshield.
I saw an elevation sign at one point stating over 4,000’.
When I went into Walmart it was warm and calm. I wasn’t in there long as I didn’t have much to get. I heard someone mention, while in the check-out line-up, about a storm. I really didn’t pay much attention ………. until I got to the door to go outside.
It was POURING and the winds were 60MPH (found that out once I got inside the rig and looked it up on the computer). Shopping carts were flying everywhere. WHY DON’T PEOPLE RETURN THE SHOPPING CARTS TO THE CORRALS !!! GRRRR
I don’t know what I saw first – the THREE shopping carts that had crashed into my rig – or the topper over the slide-out blown up like a balloon and flapping madly.
First thing I did was get inside the rig and put the slide-out back in. Haven’t checked it since so don’t know if it ripped or not. Then I checked the damage to the rig. THREE compartment doors now have dents in them. This one was the worst.
This is what it said online:
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect until 6:45 pm PDT for Central Umatilla County. At 6:25 pm PDT, National Weather Service Doppler radar continued to indicate a severe thunderstorm. This storm was located near Helix. Or 12 miles northeast of Pendleton, moving northeast at 50h mph. Damaging winds in excess of 60 mph are likely with this storm. For Your Protection move to a sturdy shelter until the storm passes.
Today’s drive was (again) WITH some excitement. I was trying to get over into the passing lane as the 18 wheelies were coming out of the weigh station on the Interstate. A car was already in that lane pretty much right along side of me. I had on my indicator but the IDIOT would not speed up – in fact seemed to brake ?? I had to significantly slow down in order to get out of my lane to allow the truckers to merge onto the Highway. I ‘may’ have given the Driver ‘da finger’ when I finally did get over into the lane.
When we were able to get back into the slow lane the Driver started pointing madly to the right ?? Slowly down and pointing madly to the right ? Then put on her indicator and pulled over – it was obvious to me that she wanted me to pull over also ? Did she see me give her ‘da finger”??
Well there are a lot of crazies out there and I wasn’t about to pull over in the middle of an Interstate in the middle of nowhere – so I just kept going.
She gets back on the Highway again – gets in front of me AGAIN – slows down AGAIN – points madly to the right AGAIN. Obviously there’s something very seriously wrong going on with my rig. I checked the mirrors and back up camera – was there a water leak ? or the sewer leaking ??
So I pulled over.
This time she didn’t pull over – “Screw you” I betcha she was thinking. Checked the passenger side = nothing; checked the back = nothing; checked the driver’s side – a compartment door was open ! I had just stopped to get propane and obviously the guy did not close the door when he finished.
I would have liked to have caught up with her to Thank her but when you are driving ‘Da Hulk’ – well you’re not catching up with anything ! LOL
Then the winds started again. They were strong and coming from the South – ie. pushing hard against the driver’s side making driving very stressful. Sure did have to have a tight grip on the wheel. Thankfully there was a Rest Stop about 20 Miles up the road where I was able to get off the Highway. This was the smallest Rest Stop I’ve ever been in – with only about 6 lanes for the truckers and RV’ers. And EVERYBODY was pulling in.
Checked google again and saw that I was only about 50 Miles from my planned destination. Decided to brave the elements and get back on the road. By the time I pulled into Wally’s my arms, neck and hands were sore ! Hate that wind.
I’m now only about 250 Miles from the Canadian Border. Figure I’ll be able to get that done in two days. LOL
I am continuing to enjoy this route. The roads (for the most part) are in excellent condition – with a few areas that are a bit rough but not for any great distance.