North to Portland

First stop on the way home after attending Cruiser Challenge on Monterey Bay, CA, was San Francisco via HWY 101 to show a Sage 15 to an interested party.  After stopping in downtown I headed east to I-80 to hook up with I-5.

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Heading out of San Francisco on the old section of the Bay Bridge.

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Fog rolling into San Francisco Bay.  Alcatraz Island can be seen in the far distance, just below the fog bank, over the hood of the white car.

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The new section of the Bay Bridge.  Heading east across this bridge there is no toll!

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Crossing Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Bridge (aka, Pit River Bridge) over Shasta Lake. Lots more water than when I crossed the lake in Dec ’15.

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… and another view of Mt. Shasta.

 

I stopped for the night in a Walmart parking lot in Yreka, CA.  This was an OK location with a wide mix of folks ‘camping’ for the night: fancy coaches, common RVs and a couple of near broken-down trucks with persons sleeping in the cabs.

Besides wanting to pay nothing to park overnight I choose Yreka for its cool overnight forecast.  If I had stopped for the night in late July heat at a lower elevation I would have experienced a hot and uncomfortable night.  The daytime temps in northern California were in the high 90s and low 100s.

After a fairly quiet night in ‘Wally World’ I woke to a comfortable 70 degrees, made breakfast, and heading north to Portland, OR.

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Entering Oregon I stopped to have the boat inspected for invasive species.

Stopping south of Portland to show Sage 15 to another person interested in the boat I now needed to get around the terrible downtown traffic.  I ended up taking a rural highway that kept me out of the congestion on I-5 and connecting with I-205.

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Rural HWY 99E took my Northeast around the worst backups on I-5 and I-205.

Once east of Portland the I-84 cleared as I entered the Columbia River Gorge.

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I-84 heading east out of Portland. Mt. Hood in the far background.

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