Brookings is a mid sized town (population~13k) at the southern edge of the Oregon coast. It’s a working shipping harbor, fishing center (salmon seems to be the local dish) and a tourist spot. I stayed at a park south of the harbor along the pacific coast.
Kind of a week of minor irritations. First, I lost a mounting screw for front brake handle on Scooter of Anarchy somewhere in the drive between Coos Bay and Brookings. Non standard, of course, not that there is a decent hardware store, auto parts store or Suzuki dealer within 50 miles. I ordered an eight dollar screw and had it shipped FedEx overnight for three times that much. It shipped that day and arrived four days later. Overnight is a whole different time scale 200 miles from a small city.
This kept me within walking distance for a while, mostly just typical tourist stuff – Chinese made shark teeth, talking salmons, carved driftwood, and chowder houses. They must import their clams since the local shell fish are still not safe to eat after the oil spill. More interesting, there are a couple of beached fishing boats from the 2011 tsunami (yes, the Japan tsunami that led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster caused 8 foot tidal waves here). I wasn’t nearly close enough for good photos, however.
Next, I had a few motorhome issues. The water heater went out, one of the furnace motors froze up and my windshield wipers went out. I found a local mobile RV repair service and for less that $150 got a new furnace motor and water heater thermostat installed in a driving rain storm. Not bad considering I’d just paid $33 for a screw. The wipers need a special order Freightliner switch that he wasn’t an authorized dealer for, so this is going to have to wait until I’m in a town with a Freightliner service center.
We rounded out the week with a three day mega storm covering an area from Vancouver down to northern California, featuring wind gusts to 60 mph, and rain so hard they were calling it “very heavy rain,” in Oregon. Minor flooding knocked out the sewers in Brookings and the wind created a few short power outages neither of which were a biggy for me.
In the storm, I finished reading This Explains Everything: 150 Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works (4 stars), and Snow Crash (also 4 stars).
I’ll be heading south after the government shuts down Tuesday.