These posts will chronicle that journey, with our “covered wagon,” a Keystone Passport ultralight 28-foot travel trailer (purchased in 2016), pulled by our “horses” in the form of a 2015 Toyota Tacoma (small truck for the job, but equipped for towing the total weight we carried).
For this post, I’ll give you the overview, and then I’ll go into each state, some of the great RV parks we stayed in, our re-engagement with nature in the form of big skies, endless plains, high deserts, and steep mountain passes.
So, we left South Texas on June 8, drove up US Routes 83, 183, and 283 (primarily to avoid the Texas panhandle and get out of the state sooner) through the plains in western Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. We intersected with the historic Oregon Trail in North Platte, Nebraska and then turned west on I-80 to go through Wyoming, the northeastern corner of Utah, southern Idaho and then down through the Columbia River gorge in northern Oregon. We turned south at Portland, drove down the Willamette Valley, through the hills at the south end, and stopped north of Roseburg in the Umpqua River Valley on July 18. And here we stay long term in an RV park for awhile as we look for more permanent accommodations.
I’ll get to why we took the longer route and took our time in future posts. It was all worth it, and so much learned about hauling a trailer, about geography, and about finding the feeling of home.
See you next week for the Texas installment.