We started our trip on September 19 and didn’t expect to have such a great time. We did. And now it was time to get home as soon as possible. There was the little matter of the state of California in the way, along with Oregon and Washington. But we were determined to get home in as short a time as possible and so, this is what happened.

Goodbye Flying J

We’ve been fortunate that the US has such great truck stops like Flying J and Loves because we’ve never had to worry about where to sleep while on the road. For anyone on a US road trip, don’t hesitate to pull into a truck stop to crash for the night.

It was a beautiful day out and after a quick breakfast, it would be time to get to Oregon.

Finally made it to IN-N-OUT 

We’ve been meaning to try IN-N-OUT for a while and finally got the chance. WOW! Not only were the burgers amazing, but we loved how they have fresh lemon wedges to make some much-needed lemon water and chilis to have with the burgers. The fries at this particular location were also fantastic.

But since Dong Eun doesn’t eat beef, we went across the street for Chinese at Panda Express. I was slightly unsure it would be any good, but was surprised by the quality and cleanliness of this Chinese food franchise.

Keep moving

With our bellies full, we hit the road again and didn’t stop until we needed gas. We’ve been gassing up once we have about a quarter tank remaining, just to be sure we don’t run out. We kept going until that evening, as I wanted us to cross over into Oregon by nightfall.

Oregon, oh yes!

We got to Oregon and felt even closer to home. One great thing was how the landscape became more lush and green as we drove further north, another reminder of home.

That night, we slept early and pushed on to Portland, where we planned to do some final grocery shopping and be home by late evening.

Once we got to Portland, we went to Trader Joe’s for likely the final time. We’re going to miss Trader Joe’s, that’s for sure.

The home stretch

Dong Eun prepared one final delicious meal for us and again, we were so grateful for how much care and attention she’s put into ensuring we’ve eaten well on this trip.

US Postal Service is not for Canadians

We planned to send some packages from Oregon to friends and family overseas, but found out that you have to have a US address. We didn’t find out until after we had wrapped everything and stood in line. The good thing is that we learned something new and found that just about everyone in Oregon is super-friendly.


We left Portland and booted it home. Well, we booted it as much as Juju Jr. would let us go and got to the Pacific Truck Crossing just after midnight. If it wasn’t so darn foggy, we would have probably arrived home earlier, but it sure felt great to walk into our place after being on the road for two and half months.

And now that we’re back, it’s going to take some time to readjust, but I’m sure we’ll still have lots going on as the learning never stops.

If you’re just reading this blog for the first time, we are a family of three traveling across Canada (and likely beyond) in a 1994 VW Westfalia camper van called Juju Jr. Our son Ethan, age 9, is unschooling and so we want him to learn from being on the road and traveling. So he’s also now a roadschooler and we are documenting the trip and his learning on this blog.