My new pal Sarah and I went to the Tillamook forest to explore. We came across a closed railroad and trail called the Salmonberry.
If you take Highway 6 along the Wilson River you can hit some pretty rad trails to run. We hit Gales and University on day one, only about 8 miles or so.
The first night we didn’t get camp setup until it was dark. We were too busy driving this ridiculous road, Tin Shack Road. I’ve driven a lot of logging roads but this was a bad one. Washboard, digouts, slides, etc. It was just bad. It took a lot longer then I thought it would. We did get to see an amazing sunset though.
Camp was fun. Sarah is an easy person to camp with. We made rice with avocado for dinner. It was tasty.
The next day we ran the closed railroad. That was an interesting experience. That railroad is quite overgrown.
Believe it or not that’s a spot that wasn’t very overgrown. Many spots we were hitting branches and vines out of our faces. Our legs were somewhat cut up.
I replaced the radiator with a new one. Tomorrow I’ll be replacing the plugs, plug wires, cap and rotor, belt, and oil filter. I’m also going to do the timing on my way back to Oregon.
Overall the truck is doing well. I don’t think I managed to damage the head or the head gasket when it over heated so I got off pretty lucky there.
And now my work status. I ordered a new laptop to do video editing and such. This will be the first real computer I’ve really ever had, serious. This is a big step forward in my goal to make trail videos. I believe that for now my galaxy s6 can make decent trail videos and I’m looking into a DJI Phone Gimble or possibly a DJI Osmo 4k. There’s a bit of a price difference. It’s the camera that Jamil Coury uses for Run Steep stuff.
I got a tent to supplement my hammock as well. I’ll need to buy a camping pad, although I’ll be getting a free air mattress from Matt here at camp.
Right after I posted about how well the truck is running it overheated.
Today I had an interview at 1pm so I decided to drive up to Republic for a good trail run. Well, on the hill before the trail the truck lost power and I pulled over. The temp gauge was very high and steam was pouring out. I let it cool, filled it all back up with water and managed to get it back to Keller. Surprisingly it didn’t have any cooling issues on the way home even though there’s an obvious leak on the top of the radiator.
I stopped at a little campground on the way back to eat my lunch with Chard. The truck wouldn’t start. I had to push start it real quick. Then about 5 miles from Keller I flipped my blower motor to high… my stereo restarted because of low voltage. I turned the blower motor off and decided to put a little more load on the electrical system so I turned my brights on as well as the blower motor. The engine lugged a little bit.
I’m going to replace the radiator, hoses, plug wires and plugs, and my alternator belt. Possibly the alternator as well. We’ll see how it runs after that.
I just hope I didn’t mess the head and head gasket up when it got pretty hot.