Friday, September 01, 2017

Missing Cabbage

Cabbage Hill on I-84 in Oregon, east of Pendleton.

I haven't been out west in our big truck for over a year.  One of the roads I've always liked traveling is the portion of Interstate 84 that takes you either up or down Cabbage Hill - down is more scenic because you get to see the entire valley spread out before you

The Oregon Department of Transportation, in their brochure urging drivers to "Respect The Hill!" says, "Emigrant Hill, commonly called “Cabbage Hill” is one of the most hazardous stretches of road along westbound I
nterstate 84. This seven-mile downgrade, 35 miles west of La Grande, Oregon, has some of the most changeable and severe weather conditions in the Northwest. These conditions may impair visibility and cause icy road surfaces. You’ll lose about 2,000 feet of elevation in six miles and twist through a double hairpin turn at a 6-percent downgrade. On an average 78 percent of the Cabbage Hill crashes involve out-of-state motor carriers!"

I've written about Cabbage in the past, and although hills like these are challenging when driving a rig, they're also exciting.  The scenery is usually unequaled, and the teeny element of danger makes you sit up a little bit straighter when you're behind the wheel.

My current run across the southwest doesn't take me over any treacherous hills, and the most exciting thing to happen these days is the possibility of seeing a dust storm. Haboobs. Snore.  

I miss the passes, the Sisters, the Grapevine, and the Cabbage.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
2016: Primary Refraction
2015: But I Love It
2014: Imaginative Perspective
2013: Somewhere Out West
2012: All You Have To Do Is Feed Them
2011: Homeward Bound!
2010: Foreign Invasion
2009: Downtown Detroit: Occupied And Vacant
2008: Barracks And Decatur
2007: Dicks In Tennessee
2006: Canoe The Blue
2005: Minalicious

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