I think it's day 3 of 15 now... It may be long, but it is getting interesting
First day started @ 2:30 am after a few hrs sleep. Hit the road a few hours later than I wanted to, but thats ok. Just barely missed rush hour traffic in Seattle. We had brunch in Kelso Wa and proceeded to Portland to visit some fam. Left there and drove a little while and stopped at an airplane museum, 1/2 way to Lincoln City, Or. Kept driving till it was dark and camped out at the dunes.
Day 2 (Saturday)
The next day we spent a bunch of hours at the beach and the dunes watching the guys (& gals) on their quads and bikes rip up the hills. The boys loved the sand. I tried to make a sled out of the little tikes bike trailer/stroller. It didn't work, but I had to try. We headed towards the Redwoods. There were a tonne of bikes out ... I miss my ride, but anyways. On the way we stopped just about every hour for one reason or another...made for a long day. We stopped at the mystery trees and saw the huge statue of Paul Bunyon and his blue ox Babe. <-- anatomically correct blue ox, biggest set of blue ba... nevermind. Leaving there we had a bit of trouble starting the Tahoe, but after the 3 attemps it started right up. Drove for a few miles and the beast (affectionely named on day 3) started to have some problems getting up the hills, and it did not sound good. It seemed like it was having trouble switching gears on the uphill. If I would give it gas I would hear a clunkity clunk under the tranny hump, my wife says she could feel it under her feet. I pulled over and let it sit for a couple minutes, I than tried to proceed. Long story short, we drove for about 15miles with the hazzard lights on and we decided to camp out and deal with it in the morning.
Day 3 (Sunday)
We broke camp early and after packing up the tent and gear and family attempted to start the day... and Tahoe. It would 'take' at first, but it did and we let it idle for a bit. Started heading towards the next dot on the map to hopefully find a Chevy dealer.
We went into Mckinnlyville (sp) Ca. to "Opie's Chevy" dealer. Well I went in and the sales floor was open but not the service dept. Not surprising on a Sunday. I asked if there was anyone they could call in and take a look. Sorry they say ... hmmph. We were about to pull out and I sent Nicky (my wife) in to see if they could recommend a shop that might be open. Well, I have to say it is absolutely hillarious how three men will jump when a beautiful gal walks in, but don't even get out of their chairs from behind the desks to help a guy out. ... won't be going back there ever Anyways they suggested we head down to Eureka Ca. and get a room and wait till Monday. They suggested Eureka because there is more to do here? Well anyways, here we are in Eureka killing 2 days and who knows how much money tomorrow. Hopefully it will be covered under warranty.
Side note: When I get home I will defenately be going into the service department of Duecks on Marine and giving them a heap load of shit. Nicky brought the truck in there 3 days before we left to take a look at stereo and the service 4wd light. She told them that we will be going on a 10000 kms road trip. They didn't even lift the hood. They leaned into the truck and said, 'well the lights not on now, must be okay.' I can tell you, that light has come on 4 times in the past couple days.
Anyways off to the the room of the unscheduled hotel room stay in the historic town of Eureka California. Please post comments. I will update again when I am near a keyboard.