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OREGON, U. S. A.

(Map of Oregon, U. S. of A.)
Author's note: Map, courtesy of
Merriam-Webster Online.

ASHLAND
BLUE
MOUNTAIN
EMIGRANT
LAKE
GLENDALE
GRANDE
RONDE
RIVER
I - 5
I - 82
I - 84
PENDLETON
PORTLAND
SISKIYOU
UMATILLA

I - 5
LEAVING WASHINGTON

CROSSING THE COLUMBIA RIVER

The Columbia River forms the territorial border between the states of Washington and Oregon.


COLUMBIA RIVER BRIDGE

ENTERING OREGON

After driving South, for three hours, from Seattle, on straight, boring, freeway, it is always a pleasure, and a bit of a challenge if there is other traffic, to take the curves and lane changes, maintaining the speed limit, with a 53 trailer, over the bridges, through Portland.


ENTERING PORTLAND
5 SOUTH 84 30 EAST
SALEM - THE DALLES
⇓    ⇓
405 30 WEST
BEAVERTON
ST. HELENS
⇓ EXIT ONLY ⇓

EXIT 302A
ROSE QUARTER
CITY CENTER

I LOVE DRIVING THIS STRETCH AT NIGHT
THE CITY LIGHTS REFLECT UPON THE WATERS
WILLAMETTE RIVER

26 EAST 99E
MILWAUKIE
NEXT RIGHT
5 SOUTH
SALEM
26 EAST 99E
OMSI ⇒
OREGON CITY

The Willamette River empties into the Columbia just West of Portland.

The I-5 follows, an almost parallel path, along the Willamette, to its headwaters, Southeast of Eugene.

5 SOUTH
BEAVERTON
⇓ SALEM
CITY CENTER
OMSI ⇒
MARQUAM BRIDGE
405 CITY CENTER 26
⇓ BEAVERTON ⇓
5 SOUTH
⇓ SALEM ⇓

EXIT 80 GLENDALE

EXIT 71
SUNNY VALLEY
1 MILE

MILE 69
SEXTON MT. PASS
ELEV. 1960

ASHLAND

EMIGRANT LAKE

SISKIYOU SUMMIT
ELEVATION 4310 Ft.
HIGHEST POINT ON THE 1 5

OLD HWY. 99 OVERPASS
(A sign beside Hwy. 1 I-5 Highway Oregon  USA.)
YREKA 22
READING 127
SACRAMENTO 279
(A sign beside Hwy. 2 I-5 Highway Oregon  USA.)
OREGON
THANKS YOU
COME BACK
AGAIN

I - 82 & 84 - 2005 Jan. 15 - Apr. 10

During the early part of 2005 I was driving truck for a company called `Mexico Trading' which is a subsidiary of `Tropimex'. Both companies are situated in Richmond, B C.Canada.

I drove an International conventional pulling 53 Ft. reefers to towns in Texas. Some of the products I hauled; meat, soap, etc. were destined for Texas but most were bound for Mexico.

Returning to Canada I carried some American products that I picked up in towns in Texas but most loads were products of Mexico; watermelons, avocados, etc, that I picked up from customs agents in border towns such as Laredo, Texas.

These are some of the pictures I took, through the windshield, along the route.

(Bare highway, snow on shoulders, snow covered rolling hills, sunrise on snow capped mountains in background.)
(Bare highway, snow on shoulders, snow covered rolling hills, sunrise on snow capped mountains in background.)

HWY I-84 NORTH OF BAKER CITY

HWY. I-84
NORTH TO THE STATE OF WASHINGTON.

(Highway, climbing up to blue sky.)
APPROACHING THE WEIGH SCALE NORTH OF THE BLUE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT
(Bare highway curving over top of mountain with brown valley down below.)
(Bare highway curving over top of mountain with brown valley down below.)
(Bare highway curving over top of mountain with brown valley down below.)
LOOKING DOWN ON THE TRAFFIC GOING UP

(Bare highway sloping down to brown flat fields.)
(Highway, approaching a bridge.)
(Highway, approaching a bridge.)
APPROACHING UMATILLA
(Highway, approaching a bridge.)
THE BRIDGE OVER THE COLUMBIA RIVER

HWY. I-84
SOUTH FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON.

 Highway, approaching an overpass.)
POWERLINE RD.
(Cattle on an overpass.)
CATTLE ON THE OVERPASS
MOVING TO GREENER PASTURES
WALKER RD.
WOODPECKER TRUCK & EQUIPMENT
(Buildings and trucks beside the highway.)
A LARGE TRUCK SALES, IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
CLARK LANE, OFF BARNHART RD.
(Bare highway, bare fields, and bare hills.)

(Bare highway, bare fields, and bare hills.)
(Sign by bare highway, bare fields, and bare hills.)
PENDLETON
NEXT 3 EXITS
(Bare highway, bare fields, and bare hills, some green fields)
(A green field seen through the side window.)

(Bare highway, bare  rolling hills.)
(Bare highway, overlooking, bare rolling hills.)
(Bare highway, near top of bare mountain.)
APPROACHING THE WEIGH SCALE
NORTH OF THE BLUE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT
(Bare highway, near top of bare mountain.)
NOTICE THE SNOW FENCE ON THE RIGHT
TO KEEP SNOW FROM DRIFTING ONTO THE HIGHWAY
MORE COMMON IN PRAIRIE PROVINCES, OR STATES

(Bare highway follows a winding river)
GRANDE RONDE RIVER
(Bare highway follows a winding river.)
(Bare highway through dry table land.)
(Bare highway through dry table land.)
APPROACHING BAKER CITY

(Bare highway through dry table land.)
(Bare highway through dry table land.)
(Bare highway through dry table land.)
(Bare highway approaching bare mountains.)

(Bare highway approaching bare mountains, small domes at base of mountain.)
ASH GROVE CEMENT CO. - DURKEE PLANT
(Bare highway, large dome and tall silos at base of mountain.)
A PLANT THAT PRODUCES CEMENT
FROM THE LIMESTONE IN THE CLIFFS
(Bare highway, looking down on railway track and two tunnels.)
RAILWAY TUNNELS, OLD AND NEW.
(Bare highway through bare, rolling hills.)

HWY. I-84 WEST,
FROM UMATILLA TO PORTLAND,
FOLLOWS THE BANK OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER

(Bare highway through bare, rolling hills.)
(Bare highway through bare, rolling hills.)
(Bare highway through bare, rolling hills.)
(Bare highway follows along the side of a river.)
(Bare highway follows along the side of a river.)
(Bare highway follows along the side of a river.)

Busy yapping to my friends on the cell phone I failed to notice that I had taken the wrong turn.

I followed the river for many miles before I realized my mistake.

I then had to follow the river for many more miles before I could find a place to turn around.

END

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