48 states in .........???? travel blog


Hi Team

We have reached the last of our goals - LA. Before I carry on, I just need to quickly advise the non-NZ people about the saying 'cheeky darkie'. A famous guy in NZ called Paul Holmes interviewed somebody once and he called the guy 'a cheeky darkie' and it

caused a real controversy. So I was just being silly when I wrote it in the last entry.

When we left Wyoming in the freezing cold last week, we trudged on through to the West and on the way we stopped off in Boise, Idaho.

We had a really good day and went through beautiful landscapes. We were feeling so good that we passed up a great little campsite in the town of Glenn Ferry, Idaho, in order to push on to Boise. When we got to Boise, we found out that the camp site was for RV's only - but the guy very nicely said that we could still stay there and gave us a site. However, James decided that it was the wrong size for the trailer and so we had to pass it up. Fortunately he was understanding and gave us the address of another campsite. When we got there, that too was RV's only. By this time it was getting dark and we hadn't hooked up the lights to the trailer yet, so were concerned about that. So, we then had to look for another campsite for tents. I had found one earlier on the internet and so we headed off there, but we just couldn't find it. So, James said that he would take over and do the job properly - Ha. So, he looked up campsites in the area and off we went again.

By the way, we also ran out of petrol, just as we arrived in Boise. The gas station was in sight and we had just come off the ramp from the Interstate (motorway)and was turning to go right, gave it some revs and big splutter and died. So, we had to push the trailer and bike just so it was off the road and James went off with one of the empty 500ml water bottles to get petrol.

So, anyway trying to find our fourth campsite for the night, we ended up not finding the ones James found - Ha. We pulled into a driveway and was contemplating what to do, it was by this time about 10.30pm. Then this guy popped his head over the fence and said hello - although I think meaning, what do you want? And it turns out that the campsite was shut down last year. His in-laws used to live in the campsite and now lived six months of the year in a patch of their garden. So, after shooting the breeze for a while and having his wife join in the conversation, they set about the task of suggesting places to camp. They rang up the father in-law and he came across the garden to help out. Then they turned to us and said that we could put the tent up on their lawn. Which by this time, I think it was gone 11pm. It was only really a chance that they were out that night as they had had friends around, so were just having a late night nightcap between themselves.

So, a big thank you to Amy and Trevin of Boise, Idaho. Your hospitality was very welcoming and appreciated.

We arrived in Oregon on the Friday about 6.30pm after fighting the Portland traffic. Boy, the GPS on the bike has been great. In this case, we had to go on and off several motorways and it was quite hairy, but if we had had to be map reading, I would hate to think how it would have been.

So, we get to Portland to meet the guy who we had to do some business with - sounds dodgy, but it isn't. He very kindly let us put the tent up in his back yard and so that made two nights in a row that we got offers. Thanks Mike from Aloha, Portland.

On the way to Portland, we ran out of petrol - AGAIN and I was very non-plussed. Needless to say, I just know we won't be having that problem again. The sun was hot and we both got too much of it and James got burnt again and we both got a bit dehydrated.

We had to go and register the bike the next morning at the DMV - equivalent of LTSA in NZ I suppose and then after that we went to this place that was having a Strawberry Celebration. So James had the strawberry waffles and I had a western omelette with hashbrowns. It was a pretty good meal, and we managed to plough through them. I wanted Strawberry cream pie, but realised that it wasn't meant to be when my buttons popped off my jeans - actually, the omelette and hash browns were too filling for me, so I skipped the pie out.

After a brief goodbye to Mike and family, we tootled off down south. James had been battling with fatigue and the cold we both had, so we didn't really expect to get too far. We managed Albany, which was where I diarised the last entry. The campsite was great and friendly and we managed to get a good nights sleep - also because the weather in Oregon was alot more camp friendly.

The next day we moved further down the I-5, which is the main motorway down the west coast and ended up in Medford. This was the last place that we could shop before reaching California. Oregon has no sales tax, so we wanted to get most of our camping gear and the camera there.

The camp site here was completely different to the previous night, even though they were from the same franchise - KOA camping. These people were rather unfriendly and James thought that the real people had been killed and disposed of and these people are their cloned substitutes - a bit like the guy on Men in Black who has to re-adjust his skin.

We had run out of clean clothes and needed to do some washing, but the laundry closed at 6pm - even though the office (which the laundry led off and had no door, so was open to anybody who went into the office), closed at 8pm. Strange, strange people.

We ended up getting the trike tyres changed and re-aligned as they had worn out to the canvass on one wheel and not much better on the other one. So that took some of the day and meanwhile we went to a mall nearby and had - yep, food. We also had a look around and I bought some jeans and a hat to wear to combat my helmet hair when I wasn't on the bike.

We did manage to get sleeping bag liners, but that was it for camping gear. We were going to get a loo, but decided to wait until we really got the camping underway first to see if we really need one. And to be honest, the public loos here are so much better than NZ. They have been 98% clean and well maintained.

We found a great space saving idea, which was a spork. You had a knife and fork on one end of a utensil and a spoon on the other - only problem was, you had to decide which was most important, cutting your food or picking up to eat it. Then there was the question of what do you use to hold the food when you are cutting it?

By the time we had finished all that, it was about 4pm, so we headed off down into California.

James decided that we was feeling great and that maybe we should push through the night. I was not quite sure about this, but went with it mainly because I was dying to get to LA and have a decent rest so I could really get rid of this cold.

So, when we stopped for dinner, we put on our rainsuits and put the linings back in the jackets. The weather was yucky by this time too, rain and windy - although not as cold as Wyoming.

We ended up stopping more often that we had planned as the driver got tired - go figure. So, I don't think we will be riding through the night again in a hurry - in fact, we won't be riding again through the night, full stop (sorry, that's a period for you Americans).

When it got too, too much, which I can't remember what time, but it was about 2am I think. We stopped in a rest area tucked in amongst the trucks and had a sleep - yep, on the bike. James moved into my seat at the back and I leant against him. I woke up about an hour (I think) later feeling a bit cold, so I got off the bike and walked around a bit, whilst he carried on sleeping. It did look funny and I wish I could have taken a photo. But when you are that tired, you can sleep anywhere. We had our helmets on to keep our heads warm, so that was okay.

So, we finally made it to LA about 10am on Monday morning and have been basking in the hospitality ever since.

The rest areas over here are full of cars and trucks with people sleeping in them.



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