Cruising to a Stop on the Pacific Coast 31 March 2009


I was delighted with my first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean and pulled over at the first opportunity to scrambled down to the beach and test the water.  My jubilation was not to last.

A run of nearly 6,000 miles without a speeding ticket came to a halt last night in Gold Beach, Oregon.


Way back in Texas a fellow road tripper warned me against in-town speed zones and I had been conscious of them across six states.  In most towns there is a sort of stepping down of the speed limit: from highway speed to outskirts speed, to downtown speed.  Not so in Gold Beach where it went from 55 mph to 30 mph at the town line.  Before I had even realized that I was actually in a town, since the only thing I had passed was a Motel 6, I was caught on radar going 60 in the 30 zone.  I realized too late that I was going too fast and perhaps if I had slammed on my brakes for the yellow light I might have been OK.

The officer was very polite as he made me wait in my car for 30 minutes and then handed me a summons with a base penalty of $432.  He assured me that I was getting off easy since he hadn’t written me up for careless driving.

My options: return to Gold Beach for a hearing on April 22nd; plead guilty and pay the fine; plead not guilty and request a different date for a hearing; plead no contest and write a letter explaining that I wasn’t familiar with the local laws.  A judge will decide how much I have to pay.  The officer strongly recommended this option.

I will take his advice.  But it’s going to take me a lot longer to get to San Francisco today.

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Jane & Penny March 31st, 2009

That’s giving the word Speedo a new definition! We miss you every day; Penny had a great time with Sue & Julie while a gambled away in Atlantic City this past weekend (came out ahead $200!). She watched movies with them and curled up on Sue. I know she’s taking advantage of having full attention being paid while Kebo is vacationing. I look forward to the reports of your adventures!
Jane & Penny

Mary April 1st, 2009

Gah! I got a speeding ticket in West Virginia once from an officer who didn’t much like the looks of me.

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