We are on our first post-retirement trip. We started from home in VA on June 6 and traveled to the Oregon coast, seeing and doing a bunch of things on the way. We are now in Greenwood, NE and are slowing heading back home, to arrive in late September. So far on this wonderful trip, I have observed and learned some interesting and curious things. A few of these include the following:
1. Most everyone we've contacted, including merchants, sales people, RV park employees, other RVr's have been genuinely nice and helpful. We read and hear so much about unfriendly, uncaring or just stupid people and it has been encouraging to see how good people generally seem to be.
2. Oregon is beautiful but does seem to be a hot bed for old hippies
. No slam on the many wonderful folks we met in Oregon but we visited an open market in downtown Eugene on a Saturday and I thought I was back in the '60's, except all the hippies were older and fatter
3. In spite of some 80 mph speed limits in Idaho and Utah, most drivers did not seem to be running that fast. I expected to have my doors blown off but, even running our average 62-63 mph, those who passed were not flying low.
Are folks trying to save fuel or just driving with more good sense?
4. We installed a CB in our coach with some hesitation. I had a CB many years ago but understood it to be relatively useless now and what you would hear mostly is truckers using colorful language. That has not been true. We drove I-80 from it's start near Salt Lake City to near Omaha and the road is loaded with trucks, for sure. We've heard nothing but professional and helpful chatter from the drivers. I asked a few questions along the way and always got a helpful and courteous response. I was pleasantly surprised.
5. Regarding I-80, I had been told NE was basically like Kansas, mind-numbing and flat. We did not find I-80 that way at all. While flat and lined with corn fields in many places, there were interesting things to see and do along the way. The Arch at Kearney was really cool. Plus, a nearly 40,000 coach can get better than 9 mpg on most of I80
6. Some of the best places to eat are some 'hole-in-the-wall' places. The Inland Café in Baker City, Oregon was one of those. We would highly recommend it to anyone visiting that area.