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Pacific Coast/Columbia River/Spring Break

Old 05-12-2014, 10:27 PM
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Pacific Coast/Columbia River/Spring Break

Spring break came this year with the best of western spring weather. My wife had 11 days and the road beckoned. I had purchased a Surco trunk rack and added oak slats for function (keeps objects from settling through the bars to the trunk) and looks. It was used for extra folding chairs for beach use and roadside picnics. It turned out to be worth its weight in gold.

We left Good Friday. Our path was from east of Sacramento to Sonoma, Valley of the Moon and Santa Rosa to spend the night. Up 101/1 through the redwoods and coast of northern California. Great topdown weather. Patricks Point, Crescent City, and Brookings Oregon for our B&B stay on the beach. Continued up the coast to Canon Beach for 3 nights. Toured around and saw Lewis and Clark's Fort Clatsop. Spectacular scenery. Still northward around the Olympic Peninsula to our Bainbridge Island B&B. Took the ferry to Seattle and Pikes Market. The rain hit then and we went south in heavy rain and traffic almost to Portland before turning east along the Columbia to Hood River. A great B&B there; could see Mt Hood from bed. Toured the area and spend Friday night in Portland to see an old friend. Had fun seeing the city that night and next morning. Hit the road, top down, to Mt Hood and went up to the lodge. Was shocked when it suddenly began to snow. Headed back down to top down weather and Sisters OR was next to the Long Hollow Ranch. We were the only ones there in the old school farmhouse. Great couple running the place. Went to town for steak and Easter vigil Mass. Easter day we continued through Sisters west towards Eugene on 126 but turned south on this maybe 2 lane 64 mile road through the mountains and Willamette River. Wow, that was a showstopper. Just beautiful.
Spent the night in Klamath Falls and down through Redding, Red Bluff, Chico CA and home. Just outside of Redding I got an unrepairable flat. I was in a safe spot, perfect really, to change the tire but I had a full car with jammed trunk. That is when the trunk rack came into its own. I had to swap the front to the rear and then put the flat rear on the rack. I don't know how I could have done it without it short of abandoning gear. We limped all the way home (3 hours) and I got new tires.

Brookings Or

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Canon Beach OR

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Forks, WA

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Olympic Peninsula

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Ferry Seattle




Columbia River

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B&B Hood River



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Cold on Mt Hood

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Long Hollow Ranch, Sisters, OR

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58 in OR

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Here is the rack:

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On return home:

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Here is the route.



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Old 05-13-2014, 05:39 AM
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Nice Cosmo!
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:28 AM
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Nice travelogue Cos and beautiful pics. Got me excited about a trip. Is the rack detachable or permanently in place. As a travel accessory it seems necessary but does kind'a mess up the lines of the car.
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:39 AM
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had lunch in bend one afternoon.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:35 AM
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Nice Cos, beautiful shots that bring to memory my time as the advisor to the Oregon Guard in Coos Bay. Sitting here waiting for my noon class to get here you have me counting the days till summer vacation and our trip out to Edwards AFB.


Man, that rear tire looks HUGE on the back of Stewie, LOL.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:28 AM
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Never mind the question, Cos. Upon closer inspection I can see the over-center latches along the sides of the trunk lid. Neat design!!
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by agski View Post
Never mind the question, Cos. Upon closer inspection I can see the over-center latches along the sides of the trunk lid. Neat design!!
Here is a close up of the latch. Its not engaged here of course, I just placed it on the trunk so you could get the idea. Its a close fit in the gap. It does not take much tightening to secure the rack; almost finger tight and it will not move. I added another side shot for the profile. I like the wood, kind of gives it the vintage retro look as well as perform a function. I have to add I finished the oak slats not with any finish, I used airplane butyrate dope! LOL!

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Old 06-06-2014, 08:36 AM
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I'd be interested in a modified rack like that. I'll try to look up the brand name. Would you be willing to make some more oak slates for me?
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by AZS2KDancer View Post
I'd be interested in a modified rack like that. I'll try to look up the brand name. Would you be willing to make some more oak slates for me?
Easier than you realize. I got the slats as is at Home Depot; they were about $3 each. I bought two and cut them to size with some left over. Light sand the edges, apply desired finish and you are ready to install. It was a bit of the "measure twice" before I drilled holes. I had to use a drill press to penetrate rack as desired. A hand drill was too unwieldy.
I used aluminum rivets and a touch of E6000 where the wood contacts the metal with the rivet hole to seal it up.
The rack is Surco DR1005. I have seen it on eBay and other places for about $200. I found mine for $100 on a saved eBay search. The DR 1005 is the one made for the S.
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Like the rack but love the photos of your adventures.
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Great photos. I have covered a lot of that are, but came at it from the north. We have found some great B&B places to stay. Going to make note of the ones you show. Haven't done Mt. Hood though, looks too much like home
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:44 PM
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I just saw these pics today and WOW! I loved your approach to Mr Hood. Then I assume the arrival? Real cool! Thanks for sharing, the visual put a BIG smile on my face.
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:03 AM
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I think I got one of the pics out of sequence, I should add more I guess. If you look closely at the " dandelion " pic, you can see Mt Hood on the horizon. In Paris now, pics are on the other computer, will add when I get home.
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WOW! I'm on the road now Cosmo, just seen the great time you had. Thanks for the cool pics.
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Great photos, and looks like a great trip with all kinds of weather. Thanks for sharing.
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