Bus Driver Jim has been an eclectic computer programmer and photographer since the early seventies. A recent twenty year stint in the transportation industry has earned him the handle and this blog is a documentary of his life and travels.
I left Eugene early yesterday morning and drove to the coast. It was foggy but I’m used to that, I used to live in Monterey. The first place I spotted with access to the ocean had a signboard up that indicated only people with a Recreation Pass could walk on the beach. Sigh… Turns out that the Senior Pass I bought at Yellowstone a few years back was honored so I threw it on my dash and went down and touched the Pacific.
The sun came out, I mosied up the coast, caught some rays and had a great day. Oh, and you know the drill, click the photo below to see the pictures…
Here’s a video of me making contact with the ocean:
Last week I bopped over to Idaho Hwy 20 and drove through Bozeman, brushing by Butte and landed in Billings. This morning I blasted out of Boise onto Oregon Hwy 20 and drove through Burns, Brothers, the Oregon Badlands, and Bend before landing in Eugene.
The synergism does not escape me.
Tomi (my GPS) plopped me smack dab in downtown Eugene Oregon an hour ago and I grabbed the last room of the first motel I encountered. I ate my second night of happy hour food (crab stuffed mushrooms) at the Ambrosia and then walked around town. Click the photo below for my photoset:
Here’s some more photos from later in the evening:
I put a post up on Craigslist/Rideshare yesterday indicating I was heading West this morning with a stop in Boise. A guy named Chad wanted me to call him urgently but didn’t included his phone number. Sorry Chad, not sending you mine :-) A girl in Rexburg said she needed to get some tripods from Rexburg to her grand-daddy in Boise. I told her to meet me at the Walmart at 0815. One other offer came from a couple with a name that sounded from India needing a ride to Boise. I emailed back that my little extended cab has one passenger seat with a fold down behind and if they’re small people they can take turns. Told them to meet me at 0815 at Walmart.
I arrived at 0815, nobody there. The phone rang and it was grand-daddy in Boise, an old guy, older than me. We agreed to set up a meet as I approached Boise and shortly after the girls husband showed up with the stuff (two wooden tripods and a mysterious plastic box). I shook the guys hand and thanked him for trusting my integrity. The couple never showed up, and I hit the Oregon Trail.
The transfer went off without a hitch in a Boise Target parking lot and I made $25. Hey, I do drive for a living! I’m currently hunkered down in a roadside motel, planning tomorrows adventure…
Update: I mosied over to a local happy hour and had four hard baked potato skins stuffed with pulled pork, cheese and sour cream, for $2.50. Dinner!
Two years ago on July 23 (my birthday) I was hanging out with Skoge and Grant on their couch in The City. A major solar storm was taking place at the time and fortunately it missed the Earth, otherwise my return trip to Idaho could have been dramatically different.
I created a great map this morning that shows the Teton River, within the context of Teton Valley, along with the tributaries that feed it.
It’s a Google map so obviously you can drag and zoom. Click anywhere on the map to place a marker and then click on the marker to open a Bing map at that location. You can even drag and drop the marker to another spot, if you want :-)
There’s been a hitch in the giddyup. Apparently a few mosquitos spent the night with me in my truck at Norris and had me for dinner. I’ve skipped the last two legs of this latest trip to Calamine up. Oh well, there’s next week :-)
I snagged a nice room in Billings today but I had to wait for it to be cleaned. I parked my truck in their lot and walked around a bit and when I got back their manager had placed a canister set up on the counter with a $65 price tag on it and said Buy this for $25 and I’ll try to speed up your room. He didn’t know I hang with a container freak.
But just to be fair, the first person to request this item via comment, gets it.
I walked downtown this evening to check out the Thursday Night Music event. As I approached the stage, people came up to me and asked if I was going to take advantage of the $3 drink specials there, and if so I needed to wear a special bracelet. Excuse me! I’m a regular in this town and I know the Casino a block away has $2 happy hour drinks. Keep your stupid bracelet! I did have a $5 Mexican food special though…