Friday, September 12, 2008

On the Road Again...for the First Time!

Day #4 of our adventures in goin' south!

Right now we're in an internet cafe in Merlin, OR outside of the Rouge River BLM land near Grants Pass, OR. We're having an awesome time - it feels so good to be out and about experiencing our home in all these different places. Much relaxation happening.

I'm also getting lots of driving practice in! She can sort of keep pace with the semis on the I-5. The only fatalities so far are the many bugs caught in our radiator.

Here's our first camping spot on the North Umpqua river off of hwy 138.

We were planning on taking 138 through to Crater Lake and hooking onto the 97. Unfortunately, there's a big wildfire up in those parts and the road is blocked! Travelers take note!

While we were there we hiked up to see the "McDonald homestead" was 4 miles uphill but it was worth it!

After camping there 2 nights, we went up to the road closure on the 138 to figure out what the heck was going on with all this smoke, fire and closed road rumors. We thought they would tell us that the road would open in a couple days. We were wrong. They told us it might be weeks before the road opened because the fire was only "8/30 contained" (whatever that means) and to turn around and backtrack back to the I-5 . We turned her around and sent our best wishes for a safe and swift end to the fire. The folks up in Dry Creek are worried about losing their homes to this thing.

So we backtracked and drove a couple hours south on the I-5 to the Rogue River BLM land outside of Merlin. Awesome! Washed my hair in this river. =)

Our sweet parkin' spot....

The bad news is that we need a new air hose for our front left brake. We were idiots and let it get worn on this loose access flap that should have been secured better. Ooops. Now we know what "that noise" was. Its not leaking air (yet) but we want to get it fixed. Tried to do it here in Merlin but we were told it would be best to go on to this truck stop in Medford where they can make up the hose for us on the spot. We're going to stay over here for the weekend until Monday and make an early morning push then for Medford with a watchful eye on the air pressure. =)

We are really wanting a 12v fan in the cockpit right about now.....

Thanks all for the encouragement! xoxoxoo

Will keep ya'll updated.


squire said...

Great to see you are out and enjoying your bus, I mean home.

beautiful_hippie said...

YAY!!! I have been reading for a while and so glad you get to take her out and hit the road. CONGRATS!

Best wishes

judit said...

Hey J & E,

Sending wishes for good roads to you. Glad you made it out on the road, sorry we didn't come see you (and the bus) before you left.

Happy trails, love, judit

Jack said...


BTW, you may have treated this in an ealier post, but do you need a special license to drive the bus in certain cities/counties?


Julia said...

hey jack!

Because we registered our bus as a motorhome, it is legal for us to drive it without a commercial license. It does have air brakes, though, which means that if it were anything but a motorhome we wouldn't be able to drive it. As far as different countries go, I have no idea. I'm pretty sure the motorhome rule applies in every state because RVers take their rigs everywhere.

The thing you want to get away from is the words "school" and "bus" - both of those make DMV people whip out the commercial forms and the special endorsement thingies for being a school bus driver. Boo!