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Oregon Trip, Day 16 -- December 1, 2011

Day 16. Portland, OR, to Tonopah, NV.

I was fortunate to get a break in the weather, so I made a quick departure and headed south. The gray sky drizzled as I drove south on I-5, but shortly after turning east at Eugene, I got above the clouds and enjoyed a clear sky for the rest of the day. I encountered small patches of ice (like cow pies scattered along the road) on the east side of the mountains in shady places, but by the time I hit the crest of the range, the road was dry. There was heavy snow on the roadside all the way through the mountains, but by southern Oregon, there were only patches in shady places, although I also encountered roadside snow in the mountains north of Susanville, CA. It was a long day, and I put in 13 hours with only about 30 minutes down time for gas, food, and rest stops.

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Wet highway with bits of ice
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Dry highway with lots of snow in the woods
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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
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Patches of snow in central Oregon
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Mt. McLaughlin over Upper Klamath Lake
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Blue sky and dry road in Northern California
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Blue sky and dry road in Northern California
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Snow on roadside north of Susanville, CA

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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