Run for the Border

Mount Shasta

Gotta get to Canada Before …

er, before … well, I don’t know. Maybe I need a taco before they run out.

Now, I know it doesn’t sound like much of a run – two weeks for about 830 miles, but it’s RV time. You might make the drive in a day or two by car. In the RV time slows down and the journey is the thing. This one was fast, definitely a run.

I left Reno on May 29th and went to Susanville, California on the recommendation of my good friend Ray. This place had plenty of small town charm. My neighbor had a BMW RL1200 and knew the area really well which led to some great rides through the mountains.

Main Street, downtown Susanville, California
Main Street, downtown Susanville, California
The Susanville City Hall (left) and the Masonic Temple. Downtown Susanville, California.
The Susanville City Hall (left) and the Masonic Temple. Downtown Susanville, California.
Antelope Lake
Antelope Lake

Ray said the drive north out of Susanville was really something – it did not disappoint. I really need a dash cam. As you’re winding through the tall pines, every once in a while you come to a a little gap and all of the sudden there’s

Mount Shasta
All of the sudden there’s this giant bright, bright white mountain, overwhelming everything else, and then it’s gone

I spent a few days in Mount Shasta City at the foot of the dominating peak. All the locals know it’s an active volcano. They all know the geologists say it will likely erupt again (in the next 200 years). And they know the lahar and pyroclastic flow could relegate Mount St. Helens’ eruption to footnote status. Still, there they are, in the foothills, captivated by the majestic peak.

Roadside Oregon

A short mountain ride from Gold Hill, Oregon is the Oregon Vortex roadside attraction where people and things appear to get taller or shorter depending on where they are standing. Now the science guy in me wanted to chuckle, but I’ve got to admit the outdoor demonstrations were pretty impressive. I’d also note that my phone’s GPS could not get a fix within 2 miles of this spot (queue Twilight Zone music).

Which one is taller?  The ground is level, checked by a carpenter's level and I checked it with my phone also.
Which one is taller? The ground is level, checked by a carpenter’s level and I checked it with my phone also.
The ground really is level.
The ground really is level.

Speaking of Twilight Zone

Two days later, with a stop to see one of my favorite authors, Neil Stephenson, speak, I was at the border – Port Angeles, Washington.

Port Angeles is a small city (pop. ~19,000) across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, British Columbia. It does have quite a bit of charm.

Downtown Port Angeles
Downtown Port Angeles
Port Book and News (movie location) Port Angeles
Port Book and News (movie location) Port Angeles
Bella Italia (movie location) Port Angeles
Bella Italia (movie location) Port Angeles

Victoria

6/16 – Victoria, BC. You get to Victoria by ferry – it’s on Vancouver Island and there are no bridges. Taking the RV across was prohibitively expensive. I also decided not to take the motorcycle across since I still don’t have a reliable GPS I can use offline. So, I boarded Keira for a few days and took the ferry to Canada.

The MV Coho, loading in Port Angeles for trip to Victoria, BC, Canada
The MV Coho, loading in Port Angeles for trip to Victoria, BC, Canada
Port Angeles from the ferry to Victoria
Port Angeles from the ferry to Victoria
Approaching Victoria
Approaching Victoria
Victoria Harbor
Victoria Harbor
BC Parliament
BC Parliament

Victoria is a maze of twisty little two lane streets, very densely populated, vibrant and cosmopolitan like New York, but it’s uber clean and the people are way nicer. It is the capital of the province and a hot spot for tech and design professionals.


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And Now …

It’s back to the desert.

Author: Murray Lisook

I'm the author of the Roamward Bound blog. In January 2013 I retired to travel full time in my motorhome which I've named Roamward Bound also. Before retiring I lived in Phoenix, working in information technology as VP of IT for Televerde, CTO at J.J. Croney & Assoc., and Director of IT at Del Webb Corp.

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