Road Trip: San Francisco To Portland

We’re on the move! We’re headed from San Francisco to Portland, and later up to my parent’s house in NW Washington.

This past week was absolute craziness in our San Francisco home as we got rid of most of our possessions. We sold things, donated things, gave things away, and straight up just put shit by the dumpster. Bay Area storage is about $145/mo, so when you think about that for a full year, your stuff better be worth at least $2000. Ours wasn’t, so here we are in Portland with a very distressed dog and a RAV4 packed to the brim.

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This is seriously how Abe likes to hang out in the car. He’s very needy…

Sunday afternoon we kept it to a 4 hour drive and stayed the night at a Travelodge in Redding. We brought this bottle of fancy Cabernet Sauvignon we were given after I worked the Bottlerock Music Festival in Napa Valley this past year, plus an Olive Garden gift card from our wedding. One thing led to another and we found ourselves having a fancy-ass dinner in our cute little budget hotel room. Meanwhile, this is what Abe did all night:

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He’s a little traumatized from this week’s activities… As much as he really is my spoiled baby, I’m trying to keep in mind what Will Ferrell says in that SNL skit Dissing Your Dog.

Quick Hotel Review:

Travelodge, 540 N Market St, Redding, CA 96003

  • Cost: $$$$$
  • Liked: dog-friendly, fast and friendly staff, clean, parked right in front of our hotel window, great location for I-5 road trip
  • Disliked: the complimentary breakfast was a 5 or 10 minute drive away and in a really weird area, which made the hotel location less convenient
  • Would recommend: Yes/No

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After the night in Redding we got on the road in the morning and Eric drove all the way to Portland. I offered to drive but then we realized with the way things were packed in the car, Eric wouldn’t really fit in my seat (he’s 6’4″). I think the only saving grace for him on these windy mountain roads was the gorgeous views.

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Everything on the road was smooth and boring until we stupidly went all the way from Weed, CA past Eugene, OR without re-fueling the car… that’s more than 250 miles on a 12 gallon tank of gas. Eric pulled over, made some calls, and within an hour the Oregon Department of Transportation was putting (free!) gas into the car and sending us on our way. ODOT seriously saved the day and we’re so thankful!

Pro tip: If you are stranded on an Oregon highway with no gas, call the Oregon Department of Transportation! If you’re about to be on a road trip and will be passing through Oregon, you may as well add this number to your phone: 1-888-Ask-ODOT

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We’re now in Portland with 24 hours to see the city, dog in tow, and spend time with some of my old college buddies 🙂

Here’s the route we took with the Travelodge stop in the middle:

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By the way, I got those gorgeous mountain shots on this starter DSLR.

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