Off To The Coast!

Monday, August 19, 2019

One of the many chores associated with RV’ing to empty the waste water tanks. Most RV’s have two waste water tanks, one for sink/shower water and one for the toilet. We are not sure when we’ll have the opportunity again. We visit the sanitary dump site located in the park. While the tanks are being emptied we hook up the car to the RV which magically changes the Subaru into a Toad (towed vehicle).

We head north on I-5, turn off on exit 112 and take a meandering path to Oregon 42 near Dillard and proceed on to the Oregon coast. Google Maps made the route from I-5 to OR42 sound a lot more complicated than it was. The Coos Bay-Roseburg highway is rather narrow and “turny” as one youngster aptly described a winding road to Jil and I. We are in no hurry, preferring to slow down a little in order to drink in the beautiful scenery.

Many of the settlements in the less populated areas of Oregon have interesting names. The hamlet of Remote (pop. unknown) was named by pioneers for its distance from other settlements. Drain (1150 souls) was named after its founder Charles J. Drain. Bridge (pop. unknown), named after that structure on which one crosses a river had 40 people living there in 1940- I surmise it is less now as most of the businesses that existed back then have dried up. The towns of Myrtle Point (2500 souls) seems to be thriving but tiny Norway is only a name on the map. Other interestingly named places are Prosper, Cranberry Corners, Riverton and Winterville.

Downtown Coquille, Oregon

We stop and stretch our legs by walking around downtown Coquille (3800 souls), the seat of Coos County. The town lies on the banks of the Coquille River. Both the town and the river are pronounce Ko-keel yet the Indian tribe pronounce their name Ko-qwel. Indians name Ko-qwel was the original and White Eyes changed the pronunciation to suit their fancy.

At one time river boats ran the river carrying cargo and passengers. One story has it that one boat carried 400 passengers from Coquille to Bandon so they could attend a baseball game. Right behind it came another river boat that carried another 150 folks to the same game! As the river ran inland, it became so narrow it was said that passengers could amuse themselves by leaning out the windows to pick wildflowers.

We took a longer route to Coos Bay via Bandon in order to avoid a sketchy route that Google Maps had made for us. Google Maps via Jil’s Miss Smarty Pants phone has cause us grief in the past- like trying to send us under a low bridge that would have taken the roof off of our RV and the infamous “squeeze” a tunnel built for pedestrians that if we would have proceeded would have reduced the volume of our rig by two thirds. The “long cut” didn’t turn out to be so good either. The roads were not big rig friendly being very narrow and “turny” but we made it to Bastendorff County Park Campground in one piece.

2 thoughts on “Off To The Coast!”

  1. I love Google maps. The only issue we’ve had is once inadvertently setting to avoid toll road in Italy so it took forever to get to Gubbio from Assisi on back country roads. I don’t envy you navigating an RV!


    1. Fortunately there are quite a few navigation apps and programs specifically for large RV’s…… unfortunately I don’t have one yet. The best provide a downloadable map which comes in handy in areas of zero data reception- and those are many……..


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