Getting Ready

Eugene, Oregon: No matter how many glasses of champagne I enjoyed with my steak frites last night, I still conquered that hill behind the RV park. Nailed it, as a matter of fact. This is the fifth time I have run up that hill and today was the first time I did not have to stop and walk a bit. Yeah! Old fat ladies rule!

DT had carefully orchestrated a bus wash, a visit from the RV tech, and two meetings with the University. The wash-dudes arrived late and the tech arrived late. DT had his meetings scheduled, so his co-pilot was stuck all afternoon without a car delegated to supervise.

4. The last chore was to switch-out the fancy pretty expensive shiny chrome exhaust pipe on our generator for an ugly aluminum exhaust pipe. Why?

We have decided to stop pestering fellow campers with the exhaust from our generator.

Granted, we do not use our generator very often, but for the first time - on this last trip - the generator exhaust went right into the next campsite. We are considerate campers so would only use the generator when our neighbors were away. It was time to get an exhaust pipe extension that sends the exhaust up into the sky.

The extension pipe connection that comes with the kit was too small for our generator exhaust pipe, so Brian replaced our pipe with a smaller aluminum pipe. (We can switch it back at any time.) The kit also comes with all sorts of bolts and screws so the exhaust pipe tubing can be stabilized as it towers to the roof of your rig. If you think for one minute I was going to put holes in the side of the Magna Peregrinus to hold a plastic exhaust pipe... well, that just wasn't going to happen. Suction cup hooks work just as well! Clever! The Gen-turi Generator Exhaust System, made by Camco, is on sale at Camping World for $129.99 or from Amazon.com for $107.67. Your neighbors will thanks you.

The Great State of Oregon is in serious "football fever" mode. All the newspapers are featuring the Ducks (and some other school in Corvallis) on the front page. Football is the topic of nearly every conversation. People are crazy for the Ducks.

Mary & Jim? They are camped right in front of us and will tailgate in Autzen Stadium tomorrow too. We enjoyed cocktails at their campsite tonight. Everyone is so excited for the first game! Forget about what I said about football weather... it was nearly 90 degrees in Eugene today.

Jim wanted to make sure you all saw this header in today's Eugene Register-Guard:

This kid, the wonderful Darron Thomas, may have won the #1 quarterback position at the University of Oregon, but there is no way he will never take the wheel of my motorhome.

Unless he leads the Ducks to the Rose Bowl. Then, I am willing to reconsider.


Obligatory food photos of the day:

We enjoyed another lovely meal at the ever-so-casual Ciao Pizza in Gateway. The salad greens, the green beans and the cucumbers in our salad came from the owner's farm. Brings Farm-to-Table up a notch.

The basil on our Pizza Margherita came from the farm too. I just love Oregon in the summer.

Until my next update, I remain, your "there is only one DT" correspondent.