After running on these 20 year plus "new" tires for over a thousand miles, one of them started coming apart about 150 miles into the trip. This meant stopping at a Les Scwab tire store and discussing tire sizes. After comparing my choice with the Michelin XZX and their choice, they agreed my tire size was the way to go. They actually were able to balance the wire wheels, a bonus!
Crossing Washington took longer than we expected, so toward the end, we picked up the pace.
Part of the reason it took so long to get where we were going was that Jane and I enjoyed stopping at a number of attractions along the way, such as the Teapot Dome Gas Station, Snoqualamie Falls (taller than Niagara but don't try barbequeing in the park), Rosylyn, WA, where the T.V. show "Northern Exposure" was filmed, and various wrecking yards and pieces of interest.
After a great dinner the night before, Jane and I met the Nelson's, Price's, and Hank's the next morning for the early ferry
The ferry ride was cloudy and cool, but still a wonderful experience. Our gas mileage was up too! It did bring back that urge to buy a boat and get back to the ocean. After slipping through customs, we checked in to very comfortable digs just around the corner. Later, we had dinner at the Stonehouse Pub.
After dinner, we saw some of Sydney and Gary's Bench
Rob Lyall explained what we could expect at the pre-run meeting Saturday morning.
For the first time since the Run's beginnings, we had a car that quit. Although this necessitated a change in the route due to time constraints (we had to get to lunch by a certain time or lose our reservation), it seemed that finding the answer to the mechanical dilemma was as much of interest as was driving! Ric Willis fixed the problem in the end, a loose wire. Wouldn't you know that while broken down on a thin back road in the woods, a trucker would come the other way. And then back again.
We did make it to the Crow and Gate Pub, located in the country in someone's back yard. There is a jousting practice station behind the pub. The plant shown is called "Dinosaur Food Plant".
After lunch, we stopped by Jim Smith's house to make arrangements for the failing B. I thought this would be just the time to change a rear tire which had become very pregnant looking. It was once again discovered that you cannot remove a rear wheel by jacking under the rear axle. Once again, doing something mechanical seemed to draw attention.
Saturday evening, we arrived in Tofino for our group cookout.
Rob Lyall managed a parking lot repair of his exhaust the next morning (last year it was Dick and Peggy), while Kim De Bourbon bid us farewell. We stopped and smelled the flowers along the way (and saw the beach, etc.), which may be why we missed the ferry by 15 minutes. People were left behind who had been in line, so it probably didn't matter. This allowed us a glimpse of what we think were Bill and Suzanne Spohn racing in for the ferry, and a leisurely lunchtime visit with Spencer and Ernie Corlett. The GT is inside the Departure Bay Ferry.