Today we headed out to the Redwoods for a change of scenery. The drive was a straight shot across the Cascade Mountains, through Redding, and out to the coast.
Leaving Susanville the temperature was a comfortable but warm 87 degrees. We traveled highway 44 to Redding where the temperature jumped to 112! The following is a photo looking down the mountains towards Redding.
We had to make a quick stop at Best Buy in Redding to purchase a replacement laptop for Mark. His HP had died two days before.
From Best Buy we traveled highway 299 for 120 miles to the coast. The road was a narrow mountain road with many tight and narrow turns. Although very difficult to drive it was a great learning experience for Mark as his full abilities to tow such a large rig were put to the test. At one point road construction had forced traffic down to one lane of dirt road bordered by a straight 500 ft drop, harrowing to say the least.
The road passed incredible scenery and lakes.
The drive was a real adventure and luckily the trailer stayed attached.
With the coast nearing the shrubbery changed and the heat began to subside.
Mittens finally learned to chill out by enjoying a good nap in the back of the truck.
After 200 miles of driving we finally reached the coast just north of Eureka. The temperature at this point had dropped to 54 degrees with a heavy fog; in fact the temperature dropped 30 degrees in our final descent to the 101. We drove the final 70 miles to Klamath and our stop.