Arrived in town yesterday afternoon. I pulled over to view the impressive Snake River Canyon.
I was ready for an energizing walk after another long day at the wheel and was thrilled to discover a miles-long bike/walk path along the canyon's rim.
The day started in a persistently remote section of Utah at Golden Spike National Monument – the site where, in 1869, 2 railroad lines linked-up giving the US its long-awaited transcontinental rail service.
This was a very big deal. Cities and towns from San Francisco to New York celebrated with pealing church bells, parades, and fireworks. I’ve seen this photo in so many history books, I wanted to see the place in person.
And I got my first NP stamp of the trip!
Then it was another 30 mile stretch on this lonely road through an immense agricultural valley before re-surfacing to join the truckers along I-84.
On to Idaho.
I experience a sudden craving for potatoes.
I spent last night in the lot of what I believe is the world’s biggest, cleanest, quietest Wal-Mart. I’ll be staying there again tonight.
Today would turn out to be a productive rest day - if that’s not a contradiction in terms.
After a great night’s sleep, I compile a list of household chores that I need to tackle before moving on.
- Oil change. Not only did the GDB get her oil and filter changed along with all systems checked-out and topped off, she also got her carpet vacuumed and all the windows cleaned. A bargain at $42.99! Best part: I stayed inside during the process and did some work.
|Definitely got my money's worth on the window-washing|
- Teaching. Had more work than usual to do with one class ending today and one class beginning.
- Tank dump. Twin Falls has a free station which I found with the aid of this sani-dump website .
- Water fill. Again, through the generosity of Twin Falls and the sanidump website.
- Generator oil fill. She was about an ounce low. This is always a production as I have to get under the GDB. It’s a challenge working on a backwards upside-down oil reservoir. It’s practically an athletic event. One of these days I’ll get photos.
- Gasoline fill. Of course. As you can imagine, I’ve refueled every day since leaving home. $3.48/gallon today.
Much of today was spent camped-out on the campus of the lovely College of Southern Idaho. I can’t believe how comfortable 84 degrees can be with low humidity, in the shade, with my windows open! This will be a nice spot for a pre-dinner evening stroll.
I welcome days like this when I can take my time and prepare the GDB for the next leg of the journey.
Tomorrow's destination: Craters of the Moon National Monument!