Road Trip: Day 5: Albany to Eugene

First LEAF Campsite
First LEAF Campsite

After an outstanding dinner, sleep, and breakfast with a friend in Albany, we were off toward our first night camping.

There were three quick chargers along the way, but we only used the one in Eugene/Springfield. The terrain before Eugene was remarkably flat and the roads straight, making for easy driving as long as you can find a way to keep yourself awake, which we did by listening to a Radiolab podcast.

Day 5 Charge Level Map
Day 5 Charge Level Map

Our intention was to hike up to the top of Spencer Butte, just south of Eugene. We got most of the way up, then wimped out and went back down. We were exhausted, hot, and not feeling very well overall. Oh well.

From there we went to Fred Meyer to pick up some groceries for camping. After getting what we needed, we headed off to camp at Richardson Park, west of Eugene. Only a few other folks were in the camp, as it was the night after Labor Day, so it was very quiet. We plugged the car in to the 50-amp outlet and charged it up. However, the electrical panel there was getting very hot, so I turned off charging every 10% or so to let it cool off. I suspect it’s not designed for continuous 30-amp draw. We’ll keep this in mind at other camps as well.

The plan for tomorrow is to head west to the coast, where we will camp at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park in Florence for two nights while we find stuff to do around there.

Day 6 Planned Route
Day 6 Planned Route

Trip odometer so far: 542.8 miles.

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