On the Slow Road to San Francisco

Welcome to the quasi journal of my two week round trip road adventure from Vancouver, BC to San Francisco, CA. It’s gone through a number of route changes but the final version is a figure eight. The plan is to start down I-5 to Medford, Oregon and then cut across and down the California coast to San Fran, chill for a few days before heading north up I-5 for a weekend in Ashland, the one fixed variable in the journey, then swinging back out to the shoreline and head home via the Oregon coast.

After a late start leaving Vancouver today, a turnaround in White Rock and an even later start I did not make it to my goal of Eugene, Oregon. Not even to Portland or even close to the Oregon border. Good thing I don’t have a set schedule!
While I was filling up at a gas station in Bellingham that doesn’t take credit cards. Who the heck refuses money? I ended up using some of the hard US$ cash I was saving for more exciting purchases. Grrrr! I digress. I realized it would be well past dinner time if I were to get to the Oregon border – too late & too tired for me to find a place to lay my weary head. Luckily, a call to my cousin in Seattle landed me a great food adventure, internet access and a comfy bed!

Check out our awesome evening at Slim’s Last Chance Chili Shack ( as featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) and the Fainting Goat Gelato. I highly recommend both places for great food and great vibes if you’re ever in Seattle! Don’t be intimidated by all the bikers and tats at Slim’s – they’re all good shits. In the meantime, good night ’til tomorrow :o)

One comment

  1. Sounds like a great start to a very memorable journey for the I-5 road warrior. The ice cream looks sooo yummy!

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