Hello from Newport, OR
Friday evening – April 9, 2021 (Fifth post of this travelogue).
I survived another week of teaching at Boeing and now we are slowly heading home. We are currently at the Holiday Inn Express in Newport, OR (Google Maps)
This week I taught three different classes: two bearing classes and one shaft alignment class. Each class went well. Sadly there were only two students in each class. There are two causes for the low attendance. First is the COVID 25% restriction and the second is the fact that the maintenance staff has been reduced to bare bones levels and the managers can’t let their folks attend classes because of the low coverage for the necessary work.
Today we left Sumner with the intention of staying in Tillamook, OR. We made that stop in 2018 (this post). Our plan was to have some ice cream at the Tillamook Creamery and say in one of the local hotels. Neither plan worked out. The lines for both the Tillamook Creamery tour and ice cream store were very long and the few hotels in the town were all booked up. We did a bunch of searching of hotels in nearby towns and nothing was available. We then went to our trusty Holiday Inn App and found this hotel in Newport about 70 miles south of Tillamook. It is a typical Holiday Inn Express, with the exception that the cost is over $200. The Washington and Oregon Coast are very desirable tourist areas and the prices reflect that.
We had laid out a slow trip home with a couple of fun stops. The plan is to get home about mid-day next Friday. Since we drove farther than we planned today we may shorten our trip by one day. We will see how far we make it tomorrow before we make our final plans.
More to come.