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Tuesday, 20.Dec.2005

18:35 - checklist // roadtrip

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productive day today. Got my driver's license renewed (it expired at the end of this month otherwise -- woulda made the roadtrip somewhat difficult), got jumper cables and tire pressure gague for the car, and got snow cables (can't use chains, these are just as good) and practiced putting them on. These cables I picked up are *very* easy to apply! It took about two or three minutes in the garage to put one on, so I figure it shouldn't be too bad trying to do this on the side of a highway in the snow/rain and wind. :)

still to get:
ice scraper
non-perishable food (vegitarian driving through southern states in rural areas, I'll have backup food in the car)
spare tire (I have a mini-spare that came with the car, but I'm thinking a full-size spare would be a wise decision).
maps/listings of hostels along the route (cheaper than most motels)

got the laptop configured to use the cellphone for net access in a pinch. still need to actually *pack* anything for the trip, but that shouldn't take too long.

found out today that Friday is expected to be a half-day, so I'll have friday afternoon to either get an early start on the 5-north part, or do any last-minute shopping for supplies (avidly avoiding anywhere christmas shoppers will be, though).

any ideas of stuff I might be forgetting? Anyone want anything specific from Sacramento (or somewhere along my route to you) I could bring with me for you? I'm offering to play delivery service (y'all are being nice enough to let me under your roof, it's the least I can do).

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From:dotarvi
Date:5:33 21.Dec.2005 (UTC)
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Any idea when you'll be in my neck of the woods? My Aikido school is closed for the holiday, so I don't even have to worry about teaching on Monday. I'm really looking forward to your visit!
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From:lograh
Date:16:26 21.Dec.2005 (UTC)
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well, it'd be best if I can be back in sacramento the night of 29.Dec so I can get up the morning of 30.Dec and be sure to get my paycheque. you think I can make it back if I leave from your place early the morning of 29.Dec? I'd like to spend two days with you at least, so I will aim for arriving late monday 26.Dec. sound good? You've actually driven the route from your place to Sac a few times, so you have a much better idea than I how long it takes. I'm thinking a max of 16 hours, but I could be way off.
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From:dotarvi
Date:21:16 21.Dec.2005 (UTC)
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It depends on how fast you drive. I thought you were stopping in Portland on the way up?

I try to go no more than 9 mph over the speed limit (except very occasionally when passing someone) when I drive the route from Sac to here and, depending on traffic, it takes between 12 and 14 hours.

Be careful, a lot of I-5 is a trucking route, and when they need to get over to pass, they don't always wait for the lane to be clear. I've been cut off by a couple of big trucks. I can understand them not wanting to lose their momentum, but just be extra careful.

I really look forward to seeing you!
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From:lograh
Date:21:20 21.Dec.2005 (UTC)
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thank you for the tips on I5, I'll keep them in mind.

I plan on stopping in Portland for a day or so, perhaps two. I'm looking at leaving Friday night if I can, or very early Saturday morning at the latest, so I'll still have a day or two in Oregon before heading to Washington on Monday night.
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From:serenica69
Date:6:16 21.Dec.2005 (UTC)
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Lots of good music for all the time you will be spending in your car. A list of your friends phone numbers should you do anything terribly naughty and/or illegal and find you need bailing out of a rural, scary county jail.
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From:lograh
Date:16:29 21.Dec.2005 (UTC)
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I'm looking at getting an fm transmitter for the iPod, one that also plugs in to the ciggie lighter so I can charge the pod at the same time. That should provide plenty of music as I will be able to swap out songs using the laptop should I stop off in some motel for a night.

I have a phone number list in my cell phone, do you think some of them should be written down as well?
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From:serenica69
Date:2:53 23.Dec.2005 (UTC)
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Couldn't hurt, if you are inclined to lose your cell phone. But you seem responsible enough.
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