Seattle to Portland
We made it to Portland.
We got started about 6 hours later than I planned. We had more to load into the suburban than I had planned, but all in all, things went well.
I got almost 13mpg as an average from Seattle to Portland, but I held a solid 72 for the vast majority of the trip. I felt so proud. I also discovered that driving around 65 will get me right at 15mpg, so I think I’ll slow down for the rest of the journey.
The trailer pulls fine as long as there is no wind and no bumps or turns. Add any of those things, and that trailer gets unruly quick. I’ll be looking for a different hitch set up in the morning to see if I can negate any of that. Might look for some airbags too.
Stopped for a supper at a place called “The Burger Claim“. This place is outstanding!! They buy their meat in steak form, they grind it themselves, and they make fries from actual potatoes just like 5 Guys Burgers and Fries. They also give a 15% military discount. Food was outstanding. Not only are the burgers fresh and tasty, they used shotgun shell Christmas lights in the dining area. Tacky… Check. ‘Murica… Check.
If any of our Washington military friends are looking for a short little family vacation, head down to the Great Wolf Lodge. It is an indoor water park and “The Burger Claim” is right next door. Or if y’all are driving from Seattle to Portland or vice versa, this place is pretty much dead center.
I am really worn out. A lot of stress from today has really taken a toll on me. That trailer getting twitch and swimming down the road took a lot to keep in my lane. I really hope I can figure something out before we start crossing the mountains into Utah and Colorado. I really don’t feel like killing anybody on the road in the next few days.
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