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Old 04-14-2014, 04:43 PM
 
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And I would choose Medford over Seaside or Dallas.
Them's fightin' words.

If we're making up Providence job openings, I'd probably opt for the Barnes Road Providence-St. Vincent's. Nice facility, good location, and they even have a good cafeteria.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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DO NOT try to get from 217 to 26 during rush hour. It turns into a parking lot, though outbound in the morning might not be so bad. I have spent an hour going 5 miles at the 217/26 interchange, no accidents, just horrible congestion.

It's about 300 miles from Medford to Beaverton on I5, roughly 5.5 hours with a couple of breaks. I would stop overnight in Hillsboro, which puts you past the worst of the traffic. By the time you check in, and have dinner, you will have been on the road for 7 hours. 26 to 101 to Astoria is maybe another hour and a half.

Too bad you didn't have an extra day of travel in there. We could have shown you some scenery. This route is pretty industrial, but the only practical way to get from one side of the state to the other in less than a day.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:25 PM
 
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Too bad you didn't have an extra day of travel in there. We could have shown you some scenery. This route is pretty industrial, but the only practical way to get from one side of the state to the other in less than a day.
The stretch from Medford to Eugene is nice. Honestly even from Eugene to 217 it's not all that bad other than a few warts (Albany, ahem), especially if you can recall the first time you saw it.

And 26 will be nice enough once you get past 185th heading west and the traffic thins out.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Yes, I-5 is an OK drive, but when I travel Oregon I try to avoid freeways if at all possible. The secondary roads are spectacular, not just OK. There are parts of 26 that are pretty good, and 101 is always nice, though I would prefer to turn south to Oswald West State Park from the 26 junction. I like the bridge across the Youngs River going into Astoria.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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Larry,
That's exactly what I do too.
If you have a couple of hours of extra time, it's well worth it to get off the beaten track and discover the "real" Oregon.

Many, many years ago (before GPS), my buddies and I poured over maps and routed a way to get from Portland to the coast using only dirt roads.
The sights we saw!

Sadly, that's not possible anymore.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:56 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Lol, I think we are giving all this route advice to someone who actually lives in the Portland area....
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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The "Oregon Scenic Byways" are very beautiful. Travelling these roads makes a fun, exciting Adventure.

Scenic Byways of Oregon | Oregon

I get a great deal of enjoyment from exploring the BLM roads/lands, looking for beautiful scenery, new fishing holes, etc. I take my 4x4 pickup & my dog pals for some fun days out on the trails...
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:02 PM
 
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Lol, I think we are giving all this route advice to someone who actually lives in the Portland area....
Good point - I missed that follow-up post.
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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I like both towns. It really does come down to a difference in weather and geography. And for me, I'd pick Astoria. I'd rather take the rain and have the green and the water than the drier, browner Rogue Valley. And I'd take the easy (hour and a half) commute to Portland rather than the longer drive to San Francisco. I feel like I'd end up making more trips to Portland, if I were in Astoria, than I would make trips to San Francisco, if I were in Medford.

But ... YMMV.
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:17 AM
 
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thanks all, interesting discussion on routes but i ended up spending the night in my own bed in vancouver and driving to astoria tuesday midday, took the 26 with no traffic to speak of and picked up some spring water (vancouver h2o has to much chlorine) along the way and hung out at seaside for a few hours, the job in astoria didn't work , pay too low to make the move, wish i had known that before but still not a bad day, anyone know anything about the eagle sanctuary about 3 miles east of astoria off the 30? can you actually see eagles?
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