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Pilot RV Park, near Stanfield, Oregon

Pilot RV Park, near Stanfield, Oregon

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

Stanfield, Oregon

Arrival 2018/10/24
Day of Tour 459
Nights Stayed 1
Departure 2018/10/25
Map miles from last stop 268
Mileage on arrival 17,221
Actual miles from last stop 247
Accumulated miles for trip 28,519

I spent a night at Pilot RV Park, near Stanfield, Oregon, after one of those adventures in traveling that are fun to talk about afterwards, but are definitely not what you want to experience: a blow-out!

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Stanfield, Oregon

Stanfield is in northeast Oregon, just east of the point where Interstate 84 draws adjacent to the Columbia River. Its principal functions seems to be to service the trucks that flow along the interstate, as well as the farms that eke out a living by drinking from the river, and turning desert into what I would think to be an unstable oasis.

The Journey to Stanfield

It really wasn't his fault!

I mean, when an elemental force is confronted with so much temptation, so many excuses, he really can’t do otherwise!

So I don’t blame Murphy for blowing out a (*^&*@$!) tire on my trailer. Just consider the conditions:

  • I was miles out in the northeast Oregon boondocks, at least an hour or more for any service to arrive.
  • I had started early in the morning on a relatively short trip, and according to my GPS would arrive before noon.
  • If I arrived before noon, I might have been tempted to drive on to Olympia, and that would not have been safe.
  • I had showed favoritism to MOBYRCD (my pickup) by buying him a new set of tires. PHNXNST (my trailer) was bound to be jealous.
  • I admit to having been lax about checking the pressure of my trailer tires.
  • For weeks I have been telling rather than showing you about my journeys from place to place. A couple hours by the roadside would give me an opportunity to take photos.
  • By so doing, I would get to look closely at the roadside around me, turning an when-are-we-getting-out-of-here? location into an intimate experience.

Think about it! Under these circumstances, Murphy really had to do it.

So I do have some pictures to show you (as well as a set of brand new tires on my trailer). But the photos only show one place, so I should tell you a bit more.

The day started out sunny, and as I said, early, but with a building wall of worrisome clouds on the Western horizon. (They never amounted to anything.) My task for the day was to cross the ridge of mountains in NE Oregon that separates the Snake River from the Columbia. This involved some real mountain driving, with long steep climbs that slowed trucks to a crawl, and long, winding 6% downgrades that challenged all of us heavy vehicles to control them without overuse of brakes.

The mountains here don’t have forests or snowcaps. They’re more like big downs, with only occasional rocky outcrops. In this season, they’re yellow, like Wyoming and Utah. Where there were woodlands, the trees were mostly evergreen, with a smattering of bright yellow aspens.

As I was climbing one of those long, yellow hills a few miles south of Baker City, a car passed me, and then slowed down, the driver pointing vigorously toward my trailer. I pulled off the road, walked around my trailer, and there it was: a tire shredded into uselessness. Technically, it was a blow-out, but not one that I heard or felt; so I have no idea how long I'd been driving on the shreds. Fortunately, there was just enough cell service for me to get in touch with my roadside assistance. In a couple hours, plenty of time to wander around and take pictures, a service truck arrived and my spare was installed. I slowly drove to Baker City, not knowing how trustworthy the spare was, and had a whole new set of tires put on the trailer.

So if I let myself laugh at Murphy’s prank, and ignore the hole in my wallet, it wasn’t a bad day at all.

And tomorrow I get back to where I started. (At least where I started on this tour.)

Map of Stanfield and Photos of Journey

I am sad to report that I can no longer show the routes I took to get from place to place. Google, in its infinite corporate wisdom, now charges a fee to embed such"advanced" features, a cost which a pro bono site like this cannot endure. From now on, I will only show you the location of where I stay (at least until Google gets even greedier, and puts a price on those too). Nonetheless, you can still view my route, at no cost to either of us (yet):

  1. Click on "View larger map" to open the map in Google Maps.
  2. Click on the "Directions" button.
  3. Replace"Your location" with "Stanfield, Oregon".
  4. Hit Return.

Of course this procedure doesn't show you which among alternative routes I took, or what side trips I ventured on, or what strange adventures my phone's GPS might have sent me down, but I will give you an approximation of my route.

Forced Stop on the
Journey to Stanfield, Oregon
Pilot RV Park
Forced Stop on the
Journey to Stanfield, Oregon
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Forced Stop on the
Journey to Stanfield, Oregon
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Forced Stop on the
Journey to Stanfield, Oregon
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Interstate 84 Traffic
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Gaps in Interstate 84 Traffic
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Curious Onlooker
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Mountains Require Engine in the Middle
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White Cars Make Good Canvasses
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Alone Again
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Autumn Scenery
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Looking Closer
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Was That a Smile?
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Yes, It Is a Smile!
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A Lichen Smile
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Evidence of a Killing?
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Karma for a Killer?
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Omnipresent Sage
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Another Kind of Sage
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A Third Variety?
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An Iron Vine ...
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... with Thorns
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Pilot RV Park

The last night before returning to Olympia, I stayed at the Pilot RV Park, in Stanfield, Oregon. It's right next to a big Pilot truck stop, like you might have seen regularly if you drive the interstates. I don't know whether the Pilot Corporation is looking to expand into the campground business, or whether a local campground owner was looking to take advantage of the Pilot brand. In any case there was good news and bad news. The good news was that on that last night out, when I was only going to stay for that one night, having shelter, fuel, and food I didn't have to cook, there, all conveniently in one place, made things easy. The bad news was that it was LOUD! Trucks coming and going all night long.

Photo Gallery for Pilot RV Park

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Self Check-in at Pilot RV Park
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Autumn Color at Pilot RV Park
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Truck Stop next to Pilot RV Park
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Busy Truck Stop next to Pilot RV Park
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Busy Truck Stop next to Pilot RV Park
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Pilot RV Park
Address 2125 Highway 395 South
Stanfield Oregon 97875
Home Page https://www.pilotrvpark.com/
Phone (541) 449-1189‬
Associations
Rate (net US$) $35
Features
Amenities
Sewer Fire-Ring
Picnic Table Paved Patio
Pull-through   Back-in
  Paved Gravel
 
Site Type
Lane Surface
Site Surface
Paved   Gravel   Grass    
50   30   20
  Playground Swimming   Golf
  Tennis   Waterfront   Other
Power
Play Areas
 
Reviews (as of 2018/11/24)
Reviewer
 
Rating Out of
(Highest: Best - 1: Worst)
Campground Reviews 7.8 Good 10
Good Sam 9 10
KOA n/a 5
Tripadvisor 3.5 5
Phoenix 6 10
Attractiveness 7 10
Tree Cover 7 10: Dense - 1: Treeless
Site Size 7 10
Ease of Access 6 10
WiFiPhoenix Popup 6 10
Pros
  • Convenient to interstate, fuel, and restaurant
  • Friendly and helpful management
Cons
  • Constant loud nois from truck stop

Onward

My next stop after leaving Stanfield was Olympia, Washington, returning whence I started way back in June of 2017.

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