Those that have been following this blog on a regular basis know I am a big fan of Google Earth. It can show you which road is the most traveled, if a road is paved or not, points of interest along the way, openings in the tree cover, trails and even places to boondock. Best of all, it supplies you with all the coordinates needed to navigate the route and get you to the places mentioned. Once you have the coordinates, it is just a matter of loading them into a GPS receiver and you are on your way to adventure! Well, on a recent gold dredging outing, I placed way too much emphasis on electronic navigating (Google Earth and GPS technology) and no enough on looking at a map and using step by step written instructions that were provided to me. I was on my way to adventure alright! It turns out the middle section of the road shown on Google Earth (2006 photo) had been purposely obliterated after recent logging in the area. The first clue that I was in trouble should have been the grade in excess of 20 percent where the logging road left the main road. After climbing the steep hillside for a couple of miles, we arrived at what is now (2011) the end of the road. Luckily there was a wye in the road at this point, providing access to a transmission tower, allowing us to “switch” the engine to the opposite end of the train, just like a railroad engineer. After reviewing the written instructions (had them with us the whole time) and realizing they provided a much shorter and RV friendly approach, I cranked up the brake control for the decent and we headed down. Hey, at least the view from the top of the mountain was beautiful!
RVing where roads no longer exist definitely an adventure in RVing!
Turning Around on top of Blue Mountain.
At Least the View Was Nice!