We’re Oregonians Again!

After an 8-day, 7-night cross-country trip in our now home, Stimpy, we finished our “relocation” from Virginia to Oregon.

It wasn’t a leisurely trip. The purpose of the trip was to get us back to Oregon so that we could deal with Stimpy’s registration, getting our Oregon driver licenses, and new insurances among other things.

PPD colleagues visited Stimpy on my last day. I missed these guys.

PPD colleagues visited Stimpy on my last day. I missed these guys.

We spent all the nights at Walmart parking lots and hit the road in the morning. I read quite a bit about overnight camping in Walmart parking lot. Our experience during this trip had been great. It’s very convenient. With AllStays Camp & RV app, we identified Walmart we’d like to overnight on our route that had easy access from the freeway. We called to ask whether we’re allowed to park before getting there. Some had a very nice and quiet setting while some were more like truck-stops. Nevertheless, they’re extremely convenient for our need. Below are photos from some of our Walmart “campsites”.

Walmart in Quincy, West Virginia, our first.

Walmart in Gretna, Nebraska. Pulling into the spot right before this sunset.

Walmart in Gretna, Nebraska. Pulling into the spot right before this sunset.

It knew it couldn't last long. Walmart in Sidnet, Nebraska, was like a busy truck-stop. Still very convenient. Thanks Walmart.

I knew it couldn’t last long. Walmart in Sidnet, Nebraska, was like a busy truck-stop. Still very convenient. Thanks Walmart.

David bravely and competently drove Stimpy pulling our Dodge Neon across the country. Some sections of the Interstate freeways were quite treacherous, full of constructions and wind gusts. Stimpy handled the cross-wind and mountains admirably, which was a huge relief since we never took him out on a long trip before this one.

Strong wind gusts through Wyoming. Not a fun day.

Strong wind gusts through Wyoming. Not a fun day.

Despite the unpleasantness of the weather, the scenery of Wyoming was making up for it.

I-80 through Green River, Wyoming

The beauty of the mountain west was on display throughout for the rest of the trip as we traveled through Utah, Idaho, and Eastern Oregon.

A beautiful view from a parking lot of a rest area on I-80 in Utah.

A beautiful view from a parking lot of a rest area on I-80 in Utah.

Our lunch spot on Hwy 20 in Eastern Oregon

Our lunch spot on Hwy 20 in Eastern Oregon

And finally we arrived in Oregon. We spent our last night of this trip in Redmond, Oregon. We took Oregon Hwy 26 back to Welches where we’re sending the next 4 weeks getting set up before heading down to Eugene.

It’s great to be back in Oregon.

2 Comments

  1. Awesome pictures! I’m from Oregon, it’s good to see again. If you spot a McMenamins or Deschutes brewery along your trip, I recommend stopping; they’re well worth it.

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