Friday, September 23, 2016

Eugene and Sutherlin

Events in this post occurred in August 2007.

Wednesday August 22nd we moved to Shamrock Village in Eugene, OR. We had an appointment for repairs to our air conditioner on Friday and we wanted to be in the area to find the easiest way to get to the RV service center. We drove south along US 101 to Florence, then east on CA 126 to Eugene. US 101 is also called the Pacific Coast Highway. We use it every time we get a chance. Much of the time you can see the Pacific, while moving down a winding road with mountains on the other side -- spectacular views every time on the Pacific Coast Highway. The total trip was about 135 miles and took us about four hours driving slowly to enjoy the sights.

View from Pacific Coast Highway

Another view 

Pacific Coast Highway sight
Shamrock Village was very crowded and had a lot of trees. We were glad we were only staying one night at $21. When we checked out the next morning we drove to a small RV repair center to have the air conditioner and our generator checked. They could not find an issue with the air conditioner and told us our generator would not run, because we did not use it often enough. They exercised it for a few hours and sent us on our way again.

The weather was great and we decided this is where we wanted to spend our summers in the future. We checked in at the Eugene Kamping World for one night. It was $27 with our Good Sam discount. We got a pull-thru site with no trees, so our satellite services worked great.

Friday, August 24, 2007, we made a short move 70 miles south on I-5 to the Timber Valley RV Park in Sutherlin, OR. Timber Valley is an Escapees park and we rented a back-in space for $95 per week. Perfect. We saw some nice scenery on the drive with lots of green grass and mountains filled with evergreen trees.

We made arrangements with Bill Adams for the next day, back in Eugene. At that time, Bill had a company named satelliteanywhere.com. He and his wife installed our Directway satellite dish and we needed an update.

Saturday morning, we left our Jeep behind and met Bill and Janet in a mall parking lot in Eugene. For a mere $1,480 later our internet satellite worked great again. We got a new satellite controller and a new modem. We were glad to be able to e-communicate again. In just a few hours we were able to drive back to Sutherlin. We enjoyed the scenery again both ways, but it seemed to be a little warmer. Temperature was in the mid 80’s.

Sunday we spent a pleasant day at home, except for a trip to the only grocery store in Sutherlin. The prices were a little high, but we needed a few groceries so we toughed it out. The day was overcast, so it was cooler.

Beautiful roadside flowers near Sutherlin

California Poppies in Sutherlin

Matchstick plants in Sutherlin
Our internet was working again, but my computer was giving us some problems. Kathi offered to buy me a new one, so I placed the order. We had it shipped to our mailing address in Livingston and planned to have it forwarded to us at our next stop. Meanwhile I shared Kathi’s computer with her. It’s always something.


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