Veggie Voyagers

Couple travelled 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces between 7/07 and 5/08 running their 1987 Ford truck on straight veggie oil. The blog continues with a focus on the natural world and energy politics from a personal perspective

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Grand Ronde THANK YOU

 This is a measure of a Veggie Voyagers existence... ordered confusion and mess. This is a filtration system for veggie oil in Corvallis. We were able to purchase veggie oil and take some raw funky oil. Then we headed into the holy hell lands of Home Depot, Napa Auto Parts and got up to where the bio-diesel was purported to be at 5:05...too late... Soooo, we went up into the hills and clear cut mono-forests above McMinnville for the a bad leak in the rear tire...the scene of our struggles with this were (photo below).. canned sealer/expander didn't work, lug nuts wouldn't come off, no log truck had a compressor.... We limped back to town...spend most of the day at Les Shwab and more auto part stores... the ignition went out at about the same time and the tail lights and the camper battery wouldn't charge from the truck and, and, and... the bio-diesel place couldn't sell to us...
 So, we went wine tasting at the Yamhill Winery and bought diesel and parked the night at the Grand Ronde casino--- ahhh, ahhh, ahhh... Simple pleasures then reinserted themselves... like this Queen Anne's Lace...
 There is a really good history of the tribe's struggle ( between the Lodge and the Casino and it garnered much respect from me.. (usually snooty about casinos.) I loved best this old car lot between the RV parking and the casino...especially the tires and rust..good reminders of where we were and where we are going.
 It's mellow here in the Keno Lounge...guess I need to get back out to the lot though... You perhaps know from my saying it how amazing Michael is? Well, he is continuing to pit his mind and body against the natural history of this 1987 Ford Truck and it's unwitting effort to become like the cars above. We will make it out of the lot today, I think.


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