We left Mountain Home, Idaho at 4:00 a.m. in the morning. It is about 40 miles southeast of Boise. We wanted to make as much progress as we could but were very concerned about some weather coming into the Pacific Northwest. We thought we would be okay at the lower elevations but we had some mountain passes to get through. Our shortest route put us through the Cascade Mountains at Snoqualmie Pass and that was not looking good. The sun came up as we were in Baker City, Oregon. We looked at the situation at Snoqualmie and realized that we could not get through that pass any time soon. The pass was open but the tesla does not have any kind of snow tire which made the pass dicey. The other option was to drive along the Columbia River which added 50 miles to the trip. It was the best option.
After we left Baker City, we headed up some low mountain passes and hit a bunch of snow. The Tesla does not have the tires for this but the snow was very light. It was bad for driving but beautiful to see. What’s not to like about fresh snow on conifer trees. Regis informed me that the Tesla cruise control and self-steering would no longer work. The sensors were covered with slush.
When we got to the Pendleton in the valley, we had clear skies. Regis cleaned the sensors and we got food and gas to keep going and all was well. A point to be taken is that Tesla’s are fair weather cars. They do not handle bad weather well.
We hung in there and drove all the way to our new home. It was 13 hours of driving but nice to be in our house and not a hotel. The prior owner left a bed and other good to have items, so it was no problem pulling up late in the day and crashing in the new house.
Regis is my hero because he visited the local Xfinity shop and got the gear to get us hooked up today. I could not have done this post otherwise.
We have no idea where our furniture is and when we will get it. We have a good attitude. We bought some essentials and our son will loan us some other critical items. We should be good for a week or more. It’s better than a hotel!
Now that we are here, we will be focused on getting everything set up including car tags, etc. so I do not expect to post for a bit until I am able to spend time exploring. We have the kayaks, but we do not have life preservers and wet suits, so we will explore in other ways when we can. We love the house and the location and look forward to exploring the beauty of the area.