|A beautiful sight: The Cascade Mountains!|
The final drive home, yipee! Oregon was cool and there were no winds to constantly battle.
|Mt. Hood in the distance.|
|See where the road ends at the top of the hill? That's about 14 miles away.|
On the drive down along the Umpqua river my left rear axle bearing started squaling and letting me know it wasn't happy. To keep it quiet I would suddenly let off the gas, let the noise stop, then gently apply throttle to get back up to speed. The transaxle had a growl in it and my flasher relay would randomly start buzzing unless I had the emergency flasher pulled out about a 1/16 of an inch. My car was tired and she let me know.
|Stark contrast to south Wyoming, eh?|
We got to Brian's house and breathed a sigh of relief. 30 or so minutes later we had my engine out of the cargo area and on his engine stand. I topped up the tranny as it was weeping oil as well. With a lighter load I was ready to head home.
The ride home was basically me in auto-pilot. When I was a couple of miles from my destination I opened both side windows and pulled back my rag top. The Oregon air was clean, cool, and crisp. I smelled various plants in bloom and a wood-burning fireplace. Pulling into my neighborhood and into my driveway I could smell the Douglas Fir trees and feel the ever so slightest kiss of humidity. Such a sureal feeling, everything seemed different even though nothing had changed. The contrasts of Oregon versus the other four states I traveled through gave me a reminding appreciation of home.
|My baby, unloaded and tired, but safe in her bed now.|
I was greeted by the excited screams from my kids, "Daddy's home! Daddy's home!" They were so excited to see me, it felt weird but in a good way. Ronin looked taller and more filled out. Bella was all smiles and happy. My Sweetie came out and I just melted in her arms, ran my fingers into her thick, soft hair, and nuzzled her neck. It felt so good to be home.
|Shakey's engine with my orange [and mechanical] fuel pump.|
|Super awesome resin from Dave Cassel.|
-- Trip stats --
Total miles traveled (adjusted by 4.76% for tire diameter offset): 3,268.57
Total gallons of gas used (including 5 gallons to get home from Brian's house): 124.11
Total dollars spent on gas: $466.38