All packed and ready to go, we headed out this morning with Ali yelling behind us, “Wrong way!”
It took our reliable GPS a few minutes to realize it was on the West Coast. A couple of U-turns later and we were going in the right direction. Due south on I-5.
By the end of the day we covered 440 miles finishing in Fortuna, California.
The car behaved like she had been set free at last. GT means “Grand Touring” and that is what we began today.
We left I-5 and started on the Redwood Highway just as the sun was going down. We drove another hour in the dark and rainy night.
A few minutes after we left Portland, we stopped to take our first photo for the Moss Motoring Challenge:
There was only one mechanical issue. We were about 30 minutes into the trip when Googie told me we had to pull over. The oil pressure gauge read zero. The car was running like a charm, so we weren’t overly worried about it — probably the gauge.
Googie popped the hood, took the wires off the terminals, scraped them with his pen knife and all was right with the gauge. Fixed!
The weather prediction was for 30% chance of rain. It was sunny when we left Portland, but the clouds soon rolled in. We figure we drove in about 80% actual rain. Windshield wipers did their job.
More Moss Motoring challenge photos. It was a six point day.
Moving along very nicely. The Googster looks a bit dazed at the airport. Tell him to put on the ol’ smile next photo. Love the GT tales. Have lots of fun kiddos!
If I ask him to smile, he’ll demand to take the pictures. Maybe that’s a good idea.
Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’. Looks like, in typical British car fashion, your defogger struggled to keep up right from the get go. Heading south should fix that! If you want that picture from Conzelman Rd. today don’t miss your exit in Sausalito or you’ll be committed to crossing the GG.
Thanks for the Sausalito exit tip. I do want that picture. It’s still rainy and foggy today. Hopefully there will be some visibility.
The defogger worked just fine, but the passenger side windshield wiper is going to get replaced this morning.
On the road. The real fun has begun…Let me suggest you pickup a cheap tripod so we can see you both in more of the photos.
That’s not a bad idea. I thought about bringing the one I already own, but it wasn’t going to fit in my suitcase.
When you get to wine country in California, you need to take the Silverado Trail from Calistoga to Napa. Then, if you’re sober, the Oakville/Trinity Grade over to Sonoma. The Silverado Trail is scenic. The Oakville/Trinity Grade should be scenic, but the real value is that it is a major workout for your clutch and gearbox; sort of like a twisty Longnecker Rd.
It’s only 8:30 am just now. We won’t start drinking until 10.
Another great example of how your alternating PST/EST clock can work in your favor.
Intrepid travelers! Well done. So glad the car delivered as expected. Looking forward to the next report already. Happy motoring!
Pingback: How I Spent My Christmas Vacation | Kathryn Goldman
I just stumbled upon this from LinkedIn somehow, and Kathy—it’s great! Keep it up!
I glad you enjoyed the post, Anne. It was a great ride.