On the Move! Thursday, May 30th, 2013
All packed up and ready to roll. Away we go! Our aim is for the Chester CA area, roughly 150 miles north of our home in Nevada City. We have options, tho, on our route and debated about whether to take the twisty-turny scenic way or the relatively flat and hopefully boring road (because you know we picked the scenic Feather River Byway). From home, we traveled down Hwy 20 to Hwy 70 and after passing Oroville, the road began following the Feather River. Jimmy and I agreed that this scenic byway was one of most beautiful drives we've been on. Even Tergel didn't seem to mind it (too much). Of course, twisting, mountainous roads are not the way to achieve optimum gas mileage!
We are on our way to Montana. You've heard of the Slow Boat to China? That's me and Jimmy, the slow motor home to Montana. We've never traveled Hwy 395 north of Reno, so we've elected to do it this time, into eastern Oregon. Tomorrow, if all goes well, we'll don our bike shorts and give the Bizz Johnson Bike Trail a try. Weather is fantastic - blue skies and warm (not hot) temperatures.
Into Plumas National Forest, with the Feather River below. Far, far below!
That's not a highway left of the river. It's a rail bed, and by golly as we stood there gazing down, we spotted a six-engine freight train chugging along in our direction. The first engine is at the red arrow. Six engines! Those strange looking lines on the right are actually cleared areas where transmission lines have been placed.
A bridge we traversed, but we had no shoulder to pull off onto to take a real photo. Instead, I took a picture of this photo (displayed at a Rest Station) showing the highway bridge with the train bridge below.. Quite dramatic in person.
And as we neared Chester, snow-capped Mt Lassen hove into view. Took our breath away!
Isn't this a sight! These brilliant orange-scarlet Oriental Poppies grow across from the small RV Park where we're staying in Chester. Growing up in Niagara Falls, we had a small flower garden between two cherry trees, and poppies popped up (sorry!) every year, much to our delight -- as children, for pretend, we used the dried seed pods as salt 'n pepper shakers! Fun.