Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday 15th April 2014…Day 10!!

It was sad to say another morning of me waking up at 5.30am I do sleep well and I still think it has part to do with the time change but also could not stop my brain from ticking over…anyway I got up made a cup of tea worked on the computer and was on the road by 7am..a bit dreary and grey skies


I was soon at the Astoria bridge and the mouth of the Columbia river and then into Washington State!!



It rained quite hard for about 40 minutes!!!


It is quite a while since I have seen rain and had my fill for the day.

I have received some e mails saying that the animals at the water hole on yesterday’s blog were not in fact Elk……of course they are not… boy some people are gullible but today I did manage to get a good shot of one and I do know that this is an Elk!!!!


I did a small detour to go to another REI store..this is my third store in my third State..I have not chronicled it but I have had some trouble selecting the right sock for the Camino..the first pair too thin, the second too thick but this time I hope to have it right with a medium blend wool hiking sock!!!!


You can see that underneath the sock I wear a woman’s ankle high stocking….No comments!!!!!.   just to jump ahead on the hike this afternoon the socks were great!!!

As I was leaving REI I asked one of the sales representative if he knew of a good hike I could take on my way north and he suggested one called the Staircase outside of Hoodsport.

I found the place easily and it is in the


parked the car and found the trail head



It was a really nice hike and I enjoyed the solitude and was able to sort a few things out in my mind.











I did enjoy this hike..on the road back I stopped here


If you look closely at the big rock you will see a yellow rope attached…could not miss this chance for adventure..


I managed to get to the base of the rock and pulled on the rope and it seemed secure and then I stood back and thought do I really want to do this…The Linda part of me said don’t be a silly boy….the Percy(my Dad) part of me said go for it I am going up..so I did


Made it to the top



and coming down was easy.

It was another hours drive to port Angeles where I had another airbnb room booked and it was nicely situated on the bluff over looking the straight



The owner Diana, is a very interesting and well travelled lady and we had a nice chat with tea before I went into town and found this great restaurant


and a wonderful home cooked turkey dinner.

So now almost 10pm and the map of my journey north today


This is my last day in  USA for  a month and at 8.20am in the morning I take the ferry over to Vancouver island and my home on the Bank!!!

If you want a fun read go back in the archives here to April 23rd 2011 and read about the last time I took this same ferry.

I found this article interesting!!

Exclusive: Pemex refineries to boost output in 2014, maintenance peaks in October, November



File photo of a storage tank and a processing plant at the Miguel Hidalgo refinery in Tula



A storage tank and a processing plant are seen at the Miguel Hidalgo refinery in Tula in this November …

By Adriana Barrera

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Refineries owned by Mexico's state-run oil company Pemex will boost crude processing volumes to their highest rate in five years in 2014, with maintenance work peaking in late autumn, according to a company plan seen by Reuters.

The company's six domestic plants are expected to process an average of 1.248 million barrels per day (bpd) this year, or 79.2 percent of their combined capacity, according to a Reuters analysis based on a scheduled turnaround plan for this year.

Pemex's total refining capacity stands at 1.576 million bpd.

The slightly higher runs may help Pemex reduce swelling imports of fuels like gasoline, demand for which is rising as the nation's aging refinery fleet struggles to cope with its mostly heavy slate of Mexican crude, which is more difficult to process into high-value fuels.

Refinery crude processing volumes in Mexico have slipped from a peak of more than 1.303 million bpd in 2004, forcing Pemex to boost gasoline imports that it often sells at a loss due to subsidized domestic prices.

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File photo of excess natural gas being flared, or burnt …

Excess natural gas is being flared, or burnt off, at a flare stack at the refinery in Tula in this N …

But it is now stepping up efforts to boost capacity.

Refinery runs will peak this year in August at 1.315 million bpd or 83 percent of capacity, the data show.

But two major turnarounds will reduce output in October and November, the same time that U.S. Gulf Coast refiners often shut down for work. Throughput is forecast to hit a low of 1.150 million bpd in November, or nearly 73 percent of capacity.

Pemex officials declined requests for comment, and while the company has repeatedly declined to release the scheduled maintenance plans, it did confirm the authenticity of the documents obtained by Reuters.

Many companies will adjust maintenance plans during 2014 depending on contractor availability, profit margins and operational constraints.

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Natural gas flare stack and distillation towers are seen at the Miguel Hidalgo refinery in Tula in t …


Pemex's largest refinery is the Antonio Dovali Jaime facility in Salina Cruz, located in the southern state of Oaxaca. It is scheduled to shut one of its two crude distillation units (CDUs) and a host of downstream units including a gasoline-making fluidic catalytical cracker (FCC) for most of November, according to the Pemex plan.

The plant has two CDUs with capacity of approximately 160,000 bpd, according to IIR Energy capacity data available on Thomson Reuters Eikon.

The second biggest is the Miguel Hidalgo facility in Tula, located in the central state of Hidalgo. It is slated to shut one of its FCC units for all of June. The unit's capacity is 40,000 bpd, the Eikon data show.

Major maintenance is also planned at the Antonio M. Amor facility in Salamanca, in the central state of Guanajuato, which will shut down its as crude unit for November 7-30, as well as a reformer and other units. That unit's capacity is 95,000 bpd, according to Eikon data.

Other work was already conducted on the 275,000 bpd Hector R. Lara Sosa refinery in Cadereyta, in northern Nuevo Leon state, earlier this year. The nation's smallest plant, Francisco I. Madero in Ciudad Madero, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, is due to shut a crude unit and a coker for June.


While a landmark energy reform approved late last year ended Pemex's 75-year monopoly on oil sector activities ranging from crude production to refining to gasoline sales, private investors are still expected to shun Mexico's refining sector due in large part to government-set fuel prices.

Pemex finished reconfiguring its Minatitlan refinery in 2012, increasing its refining capacity to 246,000 bpd from 135,000 bpd.

The company says it still aims to construct a new refinery in Tula, the first in decades, but it has suffered various delays and was excluded from Pemex's most recent five-year business plan. If built, the new refinery will cost more than $10 billion and aims to add 250,000 bpd of capacity to the national refining system.

Pemex has said it will first upgrade the existing Tula refinery by adding a deep conversion coking plant, which analysts expect to be operational after 2020.

The company also plans similar upgrades at its Salina Cruz and Cadereyta refineries further down the road.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday 14th April 2014…Day 9!!

Well for the first time this journey woke up to grey skies and cool temperatures…..my hostess gave me breakfast of home made bread, fruit and tea and after saying many thanks and good bye I was on the road by 8.30am…..lots of the road was by the ocean


and I was stopping often for photo shoots!!





Just beautiful scenery!!!


For many miles I had seen signs on the road warning of Elk crossing but so far had not even seen a sign of one until later in the morning when I came around a sharp curve and there were these elk at a drinking hole!!!!



How lucky was I……




I have driven this route twice before..once about 4 years ago in Ramona and then about 13 years ago with my Dad and I remembered we stooped here and toured the plant!!




and I remember then saying to my Dad how sad it would be to work in this factory and have all these people staring down at you for 8 hours a day……..so today nothing has changed but I just feel so lucky because all the jobs I ever did I always enjoyed going to work and loved it most of the time and when people are not satisfied with their lot I always say them “It could be worse you could be working in the Tillamook cheese factory”!!!

400 km and 8 hours later I was arriving here


I had a motel room booked checked in and the room is great for the price of 50 dollars


The weather has changed and it is cool and a bit of rain in the air…I did manage to get out for a walk and now hunkered down for the night and tomorrow my last day in USA…what a trip!!!!

Map picture

Yashi Kochi!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday 13th April 2014…Day 8 !!

Best sleep yet..till 7am and on the road a few minutes later listening to a live soccer game from England BUT not just any game…

So the Pearson Boys battle each other again!!!!

My lovely older Brother Malc, is a fanatical fan of his local soccer team Hull Tigers who play in the top division of English soccer and yours truly is the same but of a different team the Sheffield Untied Blades team who play in the third division….well as fate would have it these two teams were playing today in London in the semi final of the FA league cup…like a Stanley cup of soccer…..So as my nephew Andy went to London to watch the game live my brother and his family gathered around and watched it on TV and I listened to the game driving north through California and Oregon(small world)…..it sounded like a cracking game and give credit to the Hull tigers for their victory and now I shall be able to watch the final as I shall be in England for that game. 

By Gary Rose BBC Sport at Wembley

Hull City reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history after they staged a second-half fightback to defeat a spirited Sheffield United in a pulsating semi-final.

The Blades took the lead when Jose Baxter stabbed in, and although Hull levelled through Yannick Sagbo's close-range finish, Stefan Scougall smashed in to restore Nigel Clough's side's lead.

Hull turned the game around early in the second half when substitute Matt Fryatt swept in and Tom Huddlestone scored a classy solo effort before Stephen Quinn headed home.

Jamie Murphy's late strike set up a tense finale but David Meyler sealed the win with a composed finish in injury time.

The result means Hull will return to Wembley on 17 May to play Arsenal in the final.

For 45 minutes, Steve Bruce's side had looked as though they were on course to suffer a shock as the League One Blades twice seized the lead.

But ultimately Bruce's tactical nous paid dividends, with his second-half substitutions transforming the game.

Semi-final facts

• Hull City had only once previously reached the FA Cup semi-final, where they lost after a replay to Arsenal in 1930.

• Sheffield United have lost their last five FA Cup semi-finals (against Leicester in 1961, Sheffield Wednesday 1993, Newcastle United 1998, Arsenal 2003 and now Hull)

• Sheffield United became the ninth club from outside the top two divisions to reach the last four - none has reached the final.

The defeat denied Clough the chance to at least replicate the achievement of his father Brian, who had guided Nottingham Forest to the 1991 FA Cup final, where they were beaten by Tottenham.

But he will undoubtedly be proud of his players' efforts as they showed they were not overawed by Premier League opposition.

United took the game to their opponents from the outset as they hassled and harried the Hull defence, looking for a moment to catch out their higher-division opposition.

That arrived midway through the first half when the ball found its way to John Brayford on the right and the defender crossed low towards the near post where Baxter stuck out a boot to poke the ball beyond Steve Harper and send the Blades' fans wild.

Without cup-tied strike duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, Hull looked toothless in attack and United had little trouble dealing with long balls aimed at Sagbo.

But when the Premier League side finally tried to attack with the ball on the ground, it resulted in an equaliser.

Jake Livermore threaded a fine ball through the defence to give Sagbo time and space to smash a shot into the roof of the net.

For a few moments, it seemed that strike would signal the beginning of the end of United's FA Cup dream but they showed superb spirit to respond immediately, this time Murphy crossing low for Scougall, arriving late into the box, to make no mistake with a ferocious finish.

David Meyler's injury-time goal seals Hull City's place in the FA Cup final.

David Meyler's injury-time goal seals Hull City's place in the FA Cup final

Bruce responded to his side's poor first-half display by bringing on Fryatt and Sone Aluko for George Boyd and Maynor Figueroa and the changes had an immediate effect as Hull quickly scored twice to stage a remarkable turn-around.

First, James Chester poked the ball to Fryatt inside the area following a corner and the United defenders could not react quickly enough to prevent the striker from sweeping in from four yards.

Bruce, conscious of the fact his side had switched off immediately after their first goal, urged his players to push on straight from the restart and within a matter of minutes Hull took the lead.



Hull revel in 'fantastic' FA Cup win

This time, Huddlestone raced into the area after playing a one-two with Meyler before clipping the ball confidently beyond the reach of Mark Howard.

By now Hull were firmly in control as Huddlestone's fierce's low drive forced Blades keeper Mark Howard to gather at the second attempt before Meyler headed wide.

Bruce made his third and final change midway through the half and once again it paid dividends as Quinn headed in from Livermore's ball just minutes after coming on against his former club.

That looked to have knocked the fight out of the Blades but there was still time for late drama as Murphy pounced on a loose ball to volley in.

That briefly gave Clough's side hope but moments later Meyler finally ended their giant-killing run when he raced on to Ahmed Elmohamady's through-ball to finish.



So the drive was entertaining and a bit foggy to begin with



Later on I saw up ahead of me two deer crossing the road and I slowed down to try to get a photo of them at the side of the road but I was not quick enough and then as I started to accelerate away another deer came late running across the road and this is what I was able to catch!!!


The drive was lovely and after a couple of hours I stopped and did a small hike to a small waterfall.






I soon caught my first glimpse of the ocean


and then it seemed like every ten minutes was a photo opportunity as I entered



Great zoom on this camera!!





By 3pm I was pulling into


where I had a reservation at an airbnb place..the house was lovely and so was my hostess who showed me the house and my room




I can hear the roar of the ocean from my room and quickly after settling in I was on the path that in two minutes took me here..sit back and the enjoy the beach walk…no charge for this tour after the poor relies I got from my Yosemite tours!!!




There is something in my soul that just excites me about the ocean and walking the beach!!!



This is a famous rock!!!


Can you guess what it is called!!!






I collected these… I think  they are called agates…



I went into town for supper and then drove back on the scenic route




Came home and had a luxurious long hot bath and then had tea with my charming hostess and now 10.30pm where does the day go.

This was my route for today


Tomorrow will be a drive all way north along the coast so imagine lots of stopping and starting and I have a motel room booked in a place called Seaside and yes it is besides the sea!!!

Yashi Kochi!!