We are just over the border into Washington.
We crossed over the Columbia river and into Washington State this afternoon. So now we have three states on our map. Yeah!
I'm typing this as we are parked in a rest area. We went up the 101 to Astoria, OR and over the Astoria Bridge, which stretches 4.1 miles from Astoria, Oregon, across the mouth of the Columbia River, to Point Ellice, Washington. The main span is 1,232 feet in length, the longest “continuous truss” in the nation. It is a very cool looking bridge, and loooong. My favorite bridge so far.
About halfway through the second “structure,” we were in Washington:
This is a very long bridge, before I got on it, we went over a drawbridge, then through a large structure under which boats/ships can sail on the Oregon side, then over a long bridge, into the second structure, which is a series of seven smaller structures on the Washington side. Two are being painted.
The antenna was almost down, but not completely. I remembered once, at the very beginning in May, driving with the antenna like this, when I thought I had lowered it completely, but not quite. That worked out okay, so I thought I’d try again. The antenna was level with the height of the roof A/C unit, so it wasn't sticking up much.
As I was driving along, the ceiling plate dropped out onto the table. I was a little worried that these things were holding it together and the whole antenna would fly of the roof and hit someone. But that didn't happen - I guess they are installed better than that.
We got here to the Rest Stop okay, and I got out some tools and the instructions again. Just didn’t work, so I turned the metal bar (elevating shaft) that the handle attaches to with pliers, and the antenna went all the way down. Whew! So that was okay now. I tried again to attach the handle, and I think I’ve got it. We’ll see next time I try to raise the antenna. But at least I won't be driving with the antenna part way up.
Everything else went well today. We drove for around four hours. I wanted to limit my time on the road because I slept so little last night, only about three hours. I went back to bed at 5:30 am, after I published the first post this morning, and I finally fell asleep until around 8:45.
I was feeling fine while I was driving, but I know I’m not 100 percent on three hours sleep. So we’ll stay here tonight and start out early tomorrow refreshed.
I don’t know where we’re going tomorrow, but I have a couple of ideas.
From Me and Katie, have a good Thursday evening, everyone! : )