Aaaaand….We Made It DOWN!
I don’t usually post two days in a row, but I know many of you are dangling on the edge of your seats wondering if we made it down the mountain. So, rather than keep you in stressful suspense I thought I’d let you know that we did…and all without any kind of drama at all. In fact the entire event went smoother than a baby’s bottom and gave me a whole new respect for our “beastly” girl including a deep and everlasting adoration for our engine brake (oh, how I love thee….)
For those that didn’t know I decided to take the wheel on the way down (Paul drove on the way up, so I couldn’t let him have all the fun, right??). The entire downhill took around 25 mins, and we arrived at the bottom gate at exactly 6:28 am with the first of the day’s colors just breaking on the horizon.
“The Beast” held beautifully in first gear at ~15 mph almost the entire way down. In fact the engine brake was so effective I only touched the RV brakes in the very sharpest of the turns (about 5 times on the way down)!! We never went above 2000 rpm, and both engine & transmission held steady below 180 degrees. Barely breaking a sweat, she was. Paul followed behind in the car and apart from one rather hairy turn (we aaaalmost had to back-up on a 14% grade, but made it with just a few inches to spare on both ends), it was smooth sailing the whole way down. 33,000 pounds of “beastly” size and barely a brake needed!!! Yes, I was rather proud of our girl…and myself 🙂
To top off the event we arrived at the ferry only 5 mins before departure and made it on, meaning we didn’t even have to wait to sail. Superb!! With the sun rising we said adieu to the Islands and relaxed to some well-deserved espresso. The next 5 days we’ll be motoring pretty heavily south with two scheduled stops for maintenance (basic engine stuff & new back tires) in Eugene, OR before we hit Cape Blanco, OR. I’ll let you know how it all goes including some tips on how we got the best deal on our new tires.
That’s it folks…mountain climbed….mountain descended. The Beast has claimed her victory 🙂