A day on the road

Trip Start May 06, 2010
Trip End Oct 14, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Sunday, June 20, 2010

I continued heading west toward Mt. Rainier National Park.  Expedia and Priceline don't show many hotels in the area but I suspected that my GPS would know about more of them.  I set my GPS for Yakima and after arriving there set it for Packwood so I was sure I would be routed on US Highway 12, which passes by the southern entrance to the park.

There were a couple hotels on Hwy 12 near Yakima.  Then there's 30 miles or so of National Forest with very few services.  Eventually, I reached Packwood.  I checked my phone and found that I had no service in Packwood.  I normally would get the phone numbers of hotels on my GPS and give them a call to check rates but that wasn't possible here.  I had to resort to the old method of stopping and asking.  There are only about four hotels in town, so I could have checked all of them, but I stopped after two.

My Toyota 4Runner came with a 90-day trial subscription to XM Radio, which I've been listening to on this trip.  About a week ago, my friend, Bill, informed me that I received a subscription renewal form from them.  I asked him to sign me up for another three months.  Since then I've gone further north and I've found that I frequently can't receive the satellite signal.  While I'm not surprised I lose the signal when I have a steep mountain to my south, it also seems that just large trees to my south block the signal.  I'm getting concerned that in Alaska, the place I thought I'd really want it, may have even worse coverage.  I'll find out in a couple weeks.

Tomorrow I'm going to visit Mt. Rainier National Park.
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