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Oregon trip - The biggest Monday

This Monday deserves its own post because it never ended.  I flew out of Melbourne at 10am and arrived at in San Fransico at 9am on the same Monday.  I didn't really sleep on the plane, possibly because it's impossible to sleep when you are travelling back in time.  It's just one of those things.

The energiser bunnies (I hope those ads are a worldwide thing) of Dawn and Michael and dog Emily picked me up at the airport after leaving their place at 2am that morning, so all three (+Emily) of us were in a great state.  That's when the coffee intake began in full force for me.  On Dawn and Michael's advice: Feeling sleepy? Drink more coffee.  Feeling wistful? Drink more coffee.  Almost got hit by a car by not looking the right way when you cross the road? Drink more coffe.  I'd highly recommend this approach because it worked 100%.

So we drove out of San Fran in the Matrix, the wind in our respective hairs and Dawn astounded that I hadn't finished my tiny coffee after half an hour.  We had a deadline.  We were going to make it over the border that night to Oregon (350miles/560kms).  It seemed a good idea.  With a stop at the famous Avenue of the Giants (add another 100 miles).  Approximately an hour or so in we also decided to add a trip to the coast at Mendocino (add 70 miles).  And so our trip went from a possible 6 hours to 10 hours.  Then add roadworks and stops to drive through trees and you eventually end up in Talent, Oregon juuuuussssst before midnight on Monday.   So my Monday was sort of 40 hours long.  The whole day felt like a dazy party.

Bye bye Sydney airport and Qantas kangaroos

In between this photo and the next photo there was Mendocino with clam chowder (with the proud advertisement of 150 clams per vat!  I assume this is a good measure of clam chowder quality?). Clam chowder is indeed delicious with this many clams per vat.  The coast was cool and grey.  This was to become a common theme when it comes to 'the coast'.  Anywhere that wasn't 'the coast' was hot and hot, which was great because I had come straight out of winter and I like hot, especially on holidays.

Dawn and I in a Redwood Giant.  So many giants.

Being Australian I was incapable of mastering the bear bins.  The Americans watching me just smiled. Michael gave me an education.

That is one big root mass.  Dawn and Michael are so very funny.  It's probably been about 2 years or more since they came to Australia, possibly 4 years, I'm not sure.  But we just picked up from where we left off and those two make my belly laugh so hard. My face hurts to be around them.

We took another detour to pay $5 for the privilage to drive through a tree.

Here we are arriving in Talent on the biggest Monday.


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Aug. 19th, 2017 01:40 pm (UTC)

Wonderful. It sounds like an amazing day. The back in time thing is really bending my mind.

Aug. 19th, 2017 06:05 pm (UTC)
Michael as bear looks a lot like what I would expect Michael as Frankenstein or Michael as zombie would. I like the multi-media aspects of this post. I look forward to more installments.
Aug. 19th, 2017 08:08 pm (UTC)
That was one long ass Monday, but what fun!
Aug. 20th, 2017 02:53 am (UTC)
What a wild, exciting day!
Aug. 20th, 2017 03:21 am (UTC)

Next time you travel to another dimension, you should plan it for a Friday or something. A 40 hour Friday sounds rad... 40 hour Monday just sounds like torture.

Aug. 24th, 2017 07:03 am (UTC)
What a wonderful and looooong day!
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