Despite getting in to the hotel fairly early last night, we diddled and dawdled on various things. We took the sign on the restaurant next door ("24 Hour Family Restaurant") at face value, so imagine our surprise at 10:15 PM when we walked over and found that they had closed fifteen minutes earlier. One of the other restaurants clustering on this area (three large truck stops face the same corner) was open, so we walked over and had breakfast-for-dinner there. We didn't get to sleep until after Midnight, and got up late as well. We'll be under way in a little while, once we get packed back up again. Fortunately, we have no deadlines or appointments to keep, and the weather forecast all the way to Mehama is for clear skies. Looks like a lovely day to be on the road. A pity the Yreka Western isn't running in the winter, or else we might have made plans to spend the night there last night (despite the lack of a Holiday Inn-chain hotel) and ride the train today.
We got away from Corning much later than we really expected. Then we dawdled and stopped along the way. A lot. By about 8 PM, we had only reached Roseburg, Oregon, where we stopped for dinner. While we could have pressed the remaining 150 or so miles home, we still would have needed to make a stop to pick up groceries, and it would have taken at least an hour to bring the house back up to habitability, said Lisa. So we checked the Holiday Inn Express across the street, and they had rooms at a price I decided we could afford. The front desk clerk was very nice and upgraded us to a mini-suite. So at least it will be a comfortable night tonight, and it is only another 150 miles home tomorrow. We had one day to give and I guess we gave it. I hope it won't be quite as challenging going back south next weekend.