Driving up I –5 in March means you have to be aware of a couple of mountain passes that can ruin your day really quick. We knew there was a chance that there would be snow on the Sisikew Pass on the California/ Oregon border, ( which is the reason we usually take 101 over on the coast.) We were hoping for the best as we motored along enjoying a beautiful sunny day.
We noticed a sign saying truckers would be checked for chains just outside of Redding CA, so when we stopped at Red Bluff, Skip quizzed the man at the Pilot Travel Center about whether we would be allowed on the pass. The man said they would probably weigh us and more than likely they would require us to chain up. So Skip said would I just be better to head for the coast, and the fellow said I would.
A check of the map showed to routes one from Redding and what appeared to be a shorter route highway 36 from Red Bluff.
It started out as a pretty windy road through ranch land.
We didn’t pass many vehicles, and the road was dry so we were pretty happy with our choice.
After maybe thirty miles we could see snow on the mountains ahead of us, but the road was still dry and everything was fine, we saw a sign near Platina that said chain area, four wheel drive or winter tires were ok. Still no snow on the road, so we continued on, until we saw a small patch on the side of the road, then we turned a corner and saw this.
We had no where to turn around, we kept thinking we would come to an area without a drop off and be able to turn around
We saw a snow plow go by us and the driver gave us a big wave, like it was perfectly normal for us to be driving up a mountain in a motor home towing a car.
We could have stopped, but we knew it was the warmest time of the day, and we didn’t want to go down on frozen pavement.
We finally made it down the other side, I’m not sure but I think there was four summits and we were at almost 6000 ft. at one point.
We won’t be doing that again, I had a little argument in our defense, but there is way we should have taken that route.
Our poor little tracker that Skip keeps so clean and shiny.