Trip USA 2015 - Novato, CA to Eugene, OR
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Wednesday, June 3 - I had planned to drive to Florence today but the Patriot's driver's side slide-out would not close. Manny Pelayo replaced the control module. But he was not able to get to it until mid-afternoon so I stayed one more night in Eugene. Power Gear Controller - Part 14-1130 - $300 Installed
Sunday, May 31 - We took aerial photos of the Premier RV Resort using the DJI Phantom Quadcopter with GoPro camera. Manger Joe Bertram provided assistance. We ended up with 20 good photos out of about 300 taken. The good photos will be added to the resort's web site. Some of the better ones are shown here.
Office and Clubhouse
Resort Looking North
Wednesday, May 27 - Tracy and Joe Bertram, managers of the Premier RV Resort, Eugene, went with me to the Oregon Electric Station in downtown Eugene for a fine dinner. Kelly was our hostess. The restaurant was recently modeled. It is gorgeous. And the food was great. A culinary delight. Highly recommended. Tracy, Joe, Kelly
Wednesday, May 27 - Manny Pelayo serviced the coach's furnace and a few other items today. Cost $200. He provides on-site service to a number of parks in the area. Paul Williams recommended him to me. He is a true processional. He no longer has a web site - he was getting too much business and dropped it. He lives in Eugene. He spends the winter in Yuma and services rigs there. Cell phone number: 541-731-9137. EMail address is: email@example.com.
Manny's sign on his Trailer
Tuesday, May 26 - Mid-Lane Truck & Equipment Repair serviced the Patriot today. At a reasonable cost - $590.80. I had it serviced there a couple years ago. Mark did the service. A true professional. Thanks Mark. The name Mid-Lane comes from the service center's location - in the middle of Lane County, Oregon.
Cat C12 Diesel 505 HP
Patriot in the Mid-Lane Service Center
Friday, May 22 - Every Friday the resort offers free hors d'oeuvres on the patio. There was a nice crowd enjoying the snacks and evening sunset. The pool is a popular attraction.
Happy Hour around the Fire Pit
Fun in the Pool
Friday, May 22 - Willamette Valley - Eugene, the second largest city in Oregon, is located at the southern end of the Willamette Valley. From Wikipedia: The Willamette Valley (will-amit) is a 150-mile long valley in Oregon. The valley forms the cultural and political heart of Oregon and is home to 70% of its population including Portland the largest city, Eugene the second largest, as well as Salem the state capital. The Willamette River flows the entire length of the valley, depositing highly fertile alluvial soils across its broad, flat plain.
The valley is surrounded by mountain ranges on three sides - the Oregon Coast Range to the west, the Cascade Range to the east, and the Calapooya Mountains to the south. The valley's waterways, particularly the Willamette River, remain vitally important to the economy of Oregon. A massively productive agricultural area, the valley was widely publicized from the 1820s as a 'promised land of flowing milk and honey'. It became the destination of choice for the oxen-drawn wagon trains of emigrants who made the perilous journey along the Oregon Trail in the 1840s to 1880s.
Higher Education - The University of Oregon [O] is located in Eugene. Just 50 miles north in Corvallis is Oregon State University. There is an intense rivalry between the Ducks and Beavers. Phil Knight, founder of Nike shoes, graduated from O and has been a major contributor including a remodel of the Autzen football stadium.
Wednesday, May 20 - I am at the Premier RV Resort in Eugene [Coburg] Oregon for a couple weeks. Elevation 402 feet. Very overcast. On the way I stopped in Rice Hill at the Ranch Restaurant and had a great breakfast. Michelle was my server. Good food and great service.
Patriot Nose-in to the Lake
Ranch Restaurant - Rice Hill
Sunday, May 17 - I am at the Tri City RV Park in Tri City, OR on pad 41 for a few days. Elevation 671 feet. I have stayed at this park a number of times before. They use the web system I developed - WebInACan. It is a very pretty day, sunny with lots of high clouds.
Friday, May 15 - At the Yreka RV Park in Yreka, CA for a couple nights in space D4. I have stayed here a number of times before. An OK RV Park - nothing special. It is very overcast and cool with a chance of rain.
Wednesday, May 13 - Kathrun and Bob Parker recently sold their Southern California home and became full-time RV'ers. There were parked next to me in Redding. Interesting people. Kathrun helped me with some iPhone apps. They plan to spend the summer as camp hosts near Mount Hood along the Columbia River. Their daughter, with their new grandbaby, lives nearby. Kathrun and Bob Parker
Wednesday, May 6 - The Cattlemen's Restaurant has a Wednesday night special which we like to take advantage of. Doug and Niki O'Hare, and Jim and Mary Justice joined me. Jim and Mary were long time mangers of the Premier Resort. They are now retired but continue to work on special projects. Doug and Niki have been working at the park for some years. Good food, nice service enjoyed with great people. Photo taken by Karen with Doug's iPhone. Larry, Doug, Niki, Jim, Mary
Friday, May 1 - I drove the 200 miles today from Novato to Redding and am staying at the Premier RV Resort on pad 105. I have a small investment in this park.
Tuesday, April 28 - While in Novato I try to have lunch with George Bertram. He is the owner of the Novato RV Park. We discuss park ownership issues. We had lunch at the HopMonk Tavern. Food was good, service was great and it was good seeing George again. George and Larry
Saturday, April 25 - Ashley and Brady go to the Novato Gymnastics Center each Saturday. I went with Lynette when she took the kids. We stopped at the Rustic Bakery, an easy walk from the gym, and had a nice treat.
Panorama of the Gymnasium - Ashley at Red Arrow
Warming Up - Ashley at Red Arrow
Friday, April 24 - At the Novato RV Park in Novato, CA for a week in space 140. Elevation 12 feet. I stay here while visiting my son and daughter and her family.