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Old 01-14-2017, 10:34 PM   #11
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Yup, right time frame. Just moving with the flow through my favorite Everett-Olympia corridor.

We usually overnight at the last rest stop in WA but it's cold so we decided paying at an RV Place, Camp Kalama, was a better option. I'd rather have an electric heater than the furnace cycling on and off all night. Must be getting close to Portland because the amount of snow on the ground is increasing.

Should be heading through Portland in a.m. and stopping at Rogue River.

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Camp Kalama, huh? Mary was raised in Kalama and her Dad owned the pharmacy there before becoming a Port Commissioner after he retired. Should have stopped here in Tumwater instead-our driveway has better rates! 😜
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Old 01-14-2017, 10:49 PM   #12
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Must be getting close to Portland because the amount of snow on the ground is increasing.

Should be heading through Portland in a.m. and stopping at Rogue River.

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Further south on I-5 as when you cross the Columbia is Hayden island, there is a commercial campground there called Jantz ... something. We like it because its very close to Portland which Kim and I love spending time visiting as it's not your typical big US city, very unique.
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Ooh, jet boat ride on the Rogue.
Lots of fun there. What a John Wayne movie was filmed there. I can't recall.
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Donna, weather aside, how is I-5 through Portland, in general, on a Sunday? It looks like we'll probably be going through there the 22nd.
Dave, normally Sunday's on I-5 are pretty quiet unless there's a home Blazer game. If the weather cooperates, you can take I-205 and go completely around downtown by coming out east and connect back up to I-5 north of Vancouver, WA. I've given up trying to predict the weather however!
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...a commercial campground there called Jantz ... something..
Jantzen Beach.
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Old 01-14-2017, 10:59 PM   #16
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Just be careful when you come through Portland, we're still slippery as $not here, because we can't get above freezing! It's currently 24 degrees with a 14 mph wind at the airport. 21 degrees and an 18mph wind at my house! The snow and ice aren't going anywhere
Thanks for the warning. I've already had a taste of the slippery part. The road in here was a downhill sheet of ice. If I have to do this too often I think my next mod will be ABS trailer brakes.

Portland seems to have won the weather lottery with the wind storm tonight.

Glad we have an electric blanket with us.

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Jantzen Beach.
Yes that's the campground on Hayden Island Donna, thank you.
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Dave, normally Sunday's on I-5 are pretty quiet unless there's a home Blazer game. If the weather cooperates, you can take I-205 and go completely around downtown by coming out east and connect back up to I-5 north of Vancouver, WA. I've given up trying to predict the weather however!
Yeah, I'd advise taking 205 over 5 any day of the week. I detest driving 5 through Portland. Scares the willies out of me!
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Hi Ron,
I'm not in your drivers seat nor am I watching the weather continuously .... but here is some free advice and probably as valuable:
I recommend back tracking if necessary to get to the coast ... 101. Tonight New Port, Ore is cold but tomorrow and for the next three days is in the 50's by day and not much colder at night. Sunday - mostly sunny 46day/37night, Monday 51d/50n partly sunny, Tuesday about the same with rain heavy at times. Coos Bay .... by the time you are there ... out of freeze zone but perhaps heavy rain and wind.

If it were me ... and I'm not a weather routing expert, I'd avoid Portland. Trouble there is all the idiots that don't know how to drive in slippery conditions. They have 4wd go but don't know that they don't have 4wd stop. Head to the coast and avoid the ice.

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More free advice .... get to the coast and continue on down 101 til just north of Ukiah ... look for highway 20 ( Capella exit). this is a pretty good cut over to I -5. Probably taking I-5 past Sacramento (heavy freeway traffic) is easier than 101 through San Francisco (heavy stop and go city traffic).

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