April 6, 2011
We spent most of the day just catching up on little things like email, reading all the comments on the blog, a new watchband for my Timex and a supply of graham crackers while waiting for the repairs to be completed. Just so you don’t think all these things happened since we left home, we had made the service appointment before we left San Marcos for most of the items. We were driving into Eugene for lunch when we received a call from Country Coach letting us know that all was going well and they planned to have everything completed by quitting time. That was good news; nothing was a problem they could not handle. We celebrated with a Red Robin guacamole burger with bacon and a coke. Love that bacon; there goes the diet.
I tried to get a picture of one of the cherry trees that are in full bloom and just beautiful. I have never seen anything like them but the sun was just not in the right spot and when it was there was a telephone pole in the way to spoil the shot. Tomorrow will be another day to try again, if it does not rain. Before I knew it, it was time to pick up the motor home, which we did just time to watch the women’s basketball championships by satellite. In case you did not watch, Texas A&M won for the first time in history.
We love motor homing; our motor home is so much more comfortable than the hotel room at the RV park. Our motor home is really is just like being home, big screen TV, snacks and all. While watching the game, I plotted tomorrows trip into Washington. One of the main reasons for this trip is to see the daffodils. We have seen some daffodils here in Oregon but hope to see many more in Washington. Timing should be perfect since they have the 78th Annual Daffodil Festival and Parade this weekend in Tacoma and Puyallup. We are not planning on sticking around for the parade but hope to see the flowers.
We got off to a late start today because Country Coach wanted us to stop by before leaving as they wanted to give us some last minute instructions plus they needed to add some boiler coolant which they did not have when we picked up the coach. The people at Country Coach were really nice and treated us very well.
It was just before 11 AM when we finally got back on the road. I looked to the north and dark ominous clouds consumed the horizon, but not to worry, I had new windshield wiper blades. It wasn’t long before I got to try them out in a torrential downpour; they worked perfectly, like Moses parting the Red Sea. Okay, we also got to see if the coach leaked. About thirty years ago, our first motor home leaked like a sieve; we took it on a trip to Virginia and it was like sleeping in the rain, but not this one, we were warm, dry and comfy as down the road we traveled.
It wasn’t long until the dark and ominous was replaced with white and puffy as the bright sun played peek-a-boo with the clouds that cast various shaped shadows across the green fields. The tall trees with newly sprouting leaves reflected the rays with translucent colors of light bark browns and yellows mixed with touches of iridescent rust and pink. Colors in nature are not pure but blends of light. The trees were almost ghost like in sight with skeletal spines and see through shapes. I think the trees were hypnotizing us because we did not see the change in the sky as they cast their spell. One moment beautiful scenery, the next moment we were being pelted with hail coming down so hard and fast I feared the body paint of the motor home would be stripped away.
I began to slow immediately without touching the brakes while others flew around us like there was no tomorrow. That no tomorrow arrived quickly as three cars lost control and went off the road with one flipping a couple of times. Almost instantly red lights were flashing and sirens sounded arriving from both directions because cars on both sides of the freeway had lost control on the instant roads of ice. Then as quickly as it had appeared it was gone and the sun was once more dancing with the clouds casting shadows of various shapes across the lush green fields and rolling hills.
Another interesting shocker was to see a gigantic blue cargo ship to my left, at least forty to fifty feet tall, cruising right along beside me. I had to look twice to make sure it was in the river. Just another day of RVing with the Royals.
Photo of the Road of Ice was taken by Donna.