The Fell Clutch of Circumstance

A blog detailing a road trip by two brothers from Seattle to Albuquerque. There will be beer!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Driving through the mountains of southern Oregon

Today's drive was long - about 9 hours between Portland and Sacramento. We started out the day looking for some Voodoo Doughnuts, and luckily we were close to their "Too" location on the east side near our motel. John had the maple bacon and I had my go-to chocolate frosted. The bummer about Voodoo is that they don't sell coffee, but again we were in luck and in walking distance to a coffee shop that is based on a motorcycle theme.

It was raining lightly when we hit the road (not surprising in Portland), and we got on the freeway about 8:15 AM. Even though there was a lot of off-and-on rain, we were rewarded with a lot of spectacular mountain views as we wound our way down I-5 to California. At one point we were over 4,000 feet and the rain turned to snow - but not accumulating. I'm sure the skiers we passed by at Mt. Ashland would have loved even more powder, but we were happy to get through it without a lot of slippage.

This is where I'll insert the obligatory comment about how well John's car performs in these conditions. Let's just say that at certain points I felt like I was in a video game, and that was a good thing.

Once we got into California, we were rewarded not only with some sunshine, but brilliant views of Mt. Shasta:
Here's one without James Bond in the way:


Shortly after Mt. Shasta was a great rest stop near the town of Weed. The unintentional comedy of this town name was clearly lost on the Caltrans folks. Don't worry, Californians, it's only a matter of time...
Now we're kicking back in the hotel. We thought about driving into downtown "Sacto" for a restaurant but then saw that there was a place within walking distance of the Inn. I'm pretty sure we'll be over there by halftime.

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