It seems surreal that exactly three weeks ago, Joel and I were moving into our new place here in Oregon.
If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you probably saw my updates from the road. The drive was long but it felt like it went rather quickly….if that makes any sense at all. Early on a Monday morning, we drove off into the darkness to start our road trip. Joel’s brother, Zach, in Joel’s truck and Joel and I in my little bug.
We made it through LA smoothly, missing the big hit of LA traffic. And as we drove, it was HOT. By 10am, I was heating up. So why not turn on the AC you ask? because it BROKE. The week before we left, and with all the items on my checklist that week, it did not get fixed. So, as we made our 13 hour drive up the coast, sitting on my black leather interior, roasting in the California sun, it was uncomfortable to say the least.
The drive was a whole lotta nothing. Nothing too exciting until…Mt. Shasta! Holy cow, I was dumbfounded by the beauty of this place. We would drive around the corner and the mountain would peak out between these hills covered in green. The trees were incredible. The detail is hard to capture on my little iPhone 4 but these trees went forever. In pictures, they look like piles of green, but in person, you can see the detail of every little tree.
In one whole day we drove through the entire state of California and made it to Oregon!
After a full night’s rest, we headed out for day two. The weather was cloudy, colder, and a little more comfortable in my un-air-conditioned car. We had a fairly eventless drive until about Canyonville AKA the middle of nowhere, OR. It took a while to notice the rain pickup behind my car was not rain but smoke from my engine. We pulled over and my poor little bug was smoking up a storm. We thought that maybe we could save my car, that all it needed was some oil (it was due pretty soon for that). Zach went to a nearby gas station about 2 miles away and got some oil. We dumped it in. And tried to go for it… Nope, within fifteen seconds my car was beeping and smoking. We called AAA, and they got there within 20 minutes.
While we waited, we researched nearby places to get a tow for my car to Joel’s truck. The friendly guy at one place who didn’t have what we needed said he would call around to find it. He called us back with a U-haul place that had a car dolly and it was 7 miles up the road!
When we arrived at the U-haul location, the worker said their was only ONE guy who knew how to work the computer to get us the dolly. He was on his way but it would be another 45 minutes! We waited 45 minutes…the one computer genius never showed. So the worker said, “I’ll give it a try…” So what felt like 2 hours later, they finally let us leave with a dolly. The most frustrating thing was that I COULD HAVE DONE IT ON MY PHONE! It’s not like they have a special system. They literally went to uhaul.com and reserved the dolly. I could not believe that we wasted so much time sitting outside this service center.
**Note to readers: If you need to reserve a U-haul, you can use your smartphone to do it and you don’t have to wait for the ONE guy who knows how to use a computer.**
I’m very thankful that Joel’s brother was there, and that we did have another car or else this would’ve been a much bigger bump in the road.
After we got the car on the dolly, it was smooth sailing. We made it to my Aunt and Uncle’s in just a few hours and everyone was there to greet us!
We took my car to a mechanic the next day. My water pump had broken. My poor little car just couldn’t drive that far!
Here are pictures of our new place. This was the view on the first, wet day we moved in. Also, I’m very excited to have a pretty kitchen!
Here are a few more pictures of the clouds since we’ve been here!