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Hi everybody! I recently got back from a 6000 mile trip from Wisconsin to Oregon down the coast into California and back. My truck now has 73000 miles on it. The mountain passes were rough where the engine wanted to overheat on the way up and brakes wanted to overheat on the way down. But I just took a bunch of cool down breaks for both. Worst MPG was 14.8 and best was 21.1 calculated the old fashioned accurate way. Average was about 18mpg. Just going to toss a bunch of pictures out with little descriptions for your viewing pleasure. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! Water pump died in the first 50 miles of my trip. haha Podrick made himself quite comfortable riding shotgun. Mount Rushmore and some Black Hills exploring. Devils Tower These are all Bighorn National Forest. I did dispersed camping on a dirt forest road. I found that type of camping was the most fun. Lots of rain that night with a muddy drive down in the morning. The motorcycle on back was my short trip vehicle.
Eve "n" Stephen posted a topic in Trip ReportsWith new tires, a brake job and a fixed exhaust manifold leak, our 18' Sunrader is ready. We'll be heading out around 6 am tomorrow, heading for the southern Oregon coast. Living close to Crater Lake, we'll take the south entrance and follow the west side, then down to Roseburg and on to the coast. We used to live near Port Orford and will be visiting our son and many friends there, along with some beach walks. Lots of up and down on this trip, we'll be leaving from 4160' elevation, around 6000' at Crater Lake, then down to sea level. It should be a fun 5 day trip! Maybe we'll see some of you along the way! Eve and Stephen Thompson
After moving over to a place by Agency Lake (near Chiloquin OR), we finally made it up to Crater Lake! What a beautiful drive! We entered from the south and drove counter-clockwise around the rim drive. This put us on the east side first, so the sun was shining on the far side, yes, we were thinking photography! The rim drive is mostly around 7000' elevation and we wondered how our 18' Sunrader with 22R would do. No problems were encountered and our last tune-up was done at sea level. The road is paved, 2 lane, a bit narrow and there are no guard rails. There are many places with no shoulder and steep drops for hundreds of feet, with many sharp turns. So, in spite of the awesome scenery, the driver has to watch the road! At one point on the trip, Cloud Cap Overlook, the side road climbs to 7960' elevation, the highest point on a road in the park. Here, there were many twisted and ancient white pines, so we did quite a bit of hiking around. We took about 5 or 6 hours to make the loop and will have to go back for a longer trip, possibly camping up there for a few days. Since we're only about 35 miles from the entrance, we can also just come home at night, but I'd like to do sunrise/sunset photos!