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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 28, 2019
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Mar 1st, 2019

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 129
Journal Visits: 3,092
Guestbook Views: 98
Guestbook Entrys: 9

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Snow in Eugene

Camping At Home

On average Eugene gets about 4 inches of snow per year. So it was something of a surprise when 14 inches fell on Sunday night, followed by another 6 inches on Tuesday night.

It was a wet heavy snow. Quite beautiful, but brutal for many trees that lost limbs to the crushing weight. This in turn took out a lot of power lines and left a substantial percentage of the town without power. Unfortunately, we are in that substantial percentage. But we are some of the lucky ones.

We are not actually completely without power. It is more of a severe brownout at our house. There is enough power to light a couple of LED bulbs or charge a phone, but not enough juice to run the furnace or even a computer. The house is about 44 degrees F and we are bundled up inside. Outside there is plenty of snow.

This has given me a good chance to test out my new pocket cleats again. Unfortunately it seems that no matter what I do to fastened them on, they work their way off my shoes pretty quickly, especially going up hill. This is less than ideal. I tried different positions, and adding a strap that went around my heel, but nothing really worked. So I am going back to my much heavier, but totally reliable MICROspikes. Because in the end, it doesn’t matter how light they are, if they dont work every time they are useless.

Meanwhile, we dont hold much hope of getting full power back anytime soon. The electric company is saying at least another week and because we at least have a little juice we will likely be behind the folks that have none.

But it is all good. We get to break out the camping gear and have an adventure right in our own house!

Until next week -Happy Trails

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