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Out of the hills from Placerville

Central CA on I-5 looking west

Into the Mountains of Northern CA

Mt. Shasta, 14,162'

Outside of Yreka looking into the Cascades

Yreka Wal Mart camp site

4-12-11 Into Northern California

Was up early and cooked breakfast and was on the computer since there was WiFi available in the Placerville KOA where I was camped. Took my time getting ready to roll since I only planned to cover 300 miles today. I got water, dumped water and attempted to purchase propane, but the propane guy was gone till 2 or 3 PM.

I pulled out of Placerville around noon. The road runs down into Sacramento then on to I-5. It was pretty busy until I was well north of the city. The road this part of I-5 is flat farm country that eventually climbs into mountains near Redding, CA. Elevation of one of the mountain passes was 3900’ ASL. The area around Shasta Lake is very pretty.

I reached the Wal Mart in Yreka, CA at around 6:30PM and shopped for food and a CD player. The CD player/radio in the RV failed but I managed to fix it later in the evening. I explored the town which is small but nice looking with an older “downtown” section. I was looking for a coffee shop with free WiFi (like Starbucks) but could not find one. I went to the “Black Bear Family Diner” because it appeared popular and ordered a salad (was good). The waitress said there was a coffee shop at one time but it had closed. Guess I will need to wait until I get to the Seattle area.

In Oregon, there are no places you can overnight in a parking lot (along I-5) that I could find. I plan to blow through Oregon and into Puyallup, Washington. It will be a

470 mile day.

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