7:39 am - Sunday - October 17th - John Day, OR - 52° F, 39% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the east by southeast....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 70° F. Fall colors are in evidence here in John Day, OR at 3,000' elevation......↴
We love to drive roads we have not yet driven, and our plan for Saturday was to continue a little further east of Pendelton on I-84 to US-95 and take it south to I-80. You may recall that we drove US-95 south from I-80 near Fernley, NV all the way to I-15 near Las Vegas last February during our 1 month vacation from SRRVC. We really try not to drive the same secondary roads more than once, but there is one US Highway we never get tired of driving and that is US-395. Back in 2015 we picked up US-395 just south of I-90 in Washington and drove it all the way back to SoCal. We had never driven the section from I-90 to I-80 until that year. Well, fast forward to October of 2021 and TLE suggests we revisit the northern section of US-395, foregoing the northern section of US-95 until another day. As I have written previously, US-395 is kind of our 'Mother Road'. When I was still in single digits age wise my parents drove us up US-395 from SoCal to Lake Tahoe every summer. Over the years TLE and I have spent a lot of time along this Eastern Sierra Nevada highway spending time in its quaint towns (Olancha, Lone Pine, Big Pine, Independence, Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, Lee Vining, Bridgeport, Walker, Topaz, Gardnerville, Minden, Carson City, etc.), so when TLE made the suggestion to drive this northern section of US-395 again it did not take much to get me on board.
.....on a side note, Grant County, OR has had just 12 deaths, and fewer than 1,000 confirmed cases of you know what in the past 21 months.....nothing safer, and more healthy for you than rural America!