The interesting thing I noticed upon leaving Long Beach yesterday is that I wasn't nervous about it and didn't need two sleeping pills. One did the trick just fine!! I must be getting used to the routine. It was sad however, as I pulled out on the highway. I certainly wasn't going to miss the fishermen or the crowds, but I will definitely miss the company, including the Chances who left the week before and Terry and Nick Russell that I left in the morning. Alone again ..... sniff sniff!!
No worries, I've got lots of adventures left to experience and my puppies provide lots of love, even if they DO drive me crazy!!! I crossed the Astoria Megler bridge amid fog and clouds, but no traffic.
Here comes the tallest part of the bridge. The construction continues, but I got lucky this time and didn't have to stop ... at the top ... on the steep hill ... where I worry my brakes will fail!!
On down the road, it was a slow trip. The roads are really rough in this section with 30mph corners every half mile or less. This 92 mile trip took me over two hours to complete.
Part of that was because of the new Oregon Highway Patrol. I bet you didn't know they changed their uniforms to lime green and black. If the speed limit was 25, he went 15. If it was 45, he went 25, leaving a string of cars behind him 20 or more long!!
I was a happy camper when I pulled in to the Tillamook Elks RV Park. Not the cheapest I've stayed at, but the $20 per night is worth the peace and quiet. My nearest neighbor is at least 30 feet away and there's not a fishing boat in sight!! Lucky me, just as I was coming in, the guy on the end pulled out from the only available pull-through site. In fact, there is only one space left in the park.
I learned something about the wind yesterday after settling in. With lots of open fields and a little breeze, I got out one of my kites to practice. Having last flown in a gale on the beach, when I unwound the lines, they immediately tied themselves up into knots. They have a strong twist in them, that when stretched due to too MUCH wind, go crazy wonky!! Next time, move those lines further out on the leaders so as not to stretch them so much.
Try as I might, once untangled, I couldn't fly worth a darn. As the wind travels over the corn fields and trees here, it moves in gusts and eddies making flying nearly impossible. I really need a steady wind, so I put it all away. This week I'll go to the beach where there is nothing but water to interrupt the waves of wind.
In the meantime ..... I think I hear the ice cream bell ringing!!!