Here we are at just before 7am getting a very good start to our day. I did declare that 7am would be the start time and was pleasantly surprised to get moving at 6:58am. This is probably a record for us. Usually the minute we are set to leave, somebody has to go to the bathroom or dust something or brew a pot of tea. But other than carrying out a couple dozen more bags (well, maybe 3 more bags but honestly why do I need to pack the whole house when we go away?) we just got up, fixed a cup of coffee and hit the road. Seattle is a long, long way away but we'll take it 300 miles at a time and see what happens.
So, back to that character. A young woman in a small sedan just looks out of place at the truck diesel pumps. Lowell mentioned that he was going to ask her if she knew she was pumping diesel. No chance to do that as she moved over to the regular gas pumps but AFTER she pumped some amount of the diesel. I'm told that a diesel engine will run really hot for a short time if you put gas in it but we're not sure what happens to a gas engine if you add diesel. We did not happen to notice any fireballs along the rest of the route so maybe she did all right.
We decided not to do a mad rush on this trip and settled on about 300 miles a day with a campground at the end of each day. I'll sleep in a WalMart parking lot if I have to but it's much nicer to be able to fix dinner and take a shower.
We found the Herkimer Diamond Mine KOA in Herkimer NY.
According to Wikipedia, this area is a favorite collecting area for rockhounds because of its vast deposits of large quartz crystals known as "Herkimer diamonds." Although the minerals are not true diamonds and not generally used as gemstones, they have become popular as small trinkets. The minerals formed in Cambrian age limestone and dolostone, probably from ground water action after the original formation of the rock in an ancient sea.
There are about 10 other people at the campground tonight; it is very quiet and a lovely spot.
This is the view from our rear window. Per Wikipedia: The West Canada Creek got its name from being the western boundary of Sir William Johnson's Royal Land Grant, and because the Iriquois word for village is "Kanata" or Canada. Following the Revolutionary war, Arthur Noble II purchased some 80,000 acres (320 km2) in the present town of Ohio, and called it "Nobleboro", a vast wilderness empire for that time in history. He also founded Nobleboro, Maine on land he inherited from his father. The timber, fish, and game of the area have been exploited for centuries.