Traveling home

The pass over the Cascades on my way home to Idaho had a rock slide a few weeks ago and travel is restricted to just one lane in each direction.  Even when the pass is wide open significant (one or more hours) delays occur during the holiday travel season.  With only two lanes and a speed limit of 35 MPH on the temporary road around the slide zone they are asking people to not cross the Cascades over the holidays.  I’m going home anyway.  They are saying worst case delays could be up to 16 hours and 40 mile backups.  That means my normal five hour drive could become 21 hours.  Ouch. 

I might not blog much in the next few days with all that is going on.

Preparations for my trip eastward include:

  • Six gallon gas can in the trunk
  • Full tank of gas
  • Sleeping bag
  • Spare clothes and shoes
  • Tarp
  • Food
  • Water
  • Gloves
  • Coat
  • Rain gear
  • First aid kit
  • Guns
  • Jumper cables
  • Flash lights
  • Ammunition
  • Good snow tires
  • Tire chains
  • Computer (work and entertainment while waiting)
  • Inverter (to power the computer)
  • Cell phone charger
  • Magazines

Details on the slide and projected delays: RockSlide.pdf (110.51 KB)


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