Eastern Oregon, Idaho, Washington

The following two days we drove east from Portland along I-84 and the Columbia Gorge, up through Kennewick, WA to Spokane. The next morning we headed further east on I-90 to Cour d’Alene, Idaho before turning back through the Washington Plateau (often referred to as a “desert”), the Cascade mountains, suburban Seattle and back to Vancouver. In total we drove 1884 km over four days! Here are some photos my friend and I snapped along the way.

 

I-84 east entering north-central Oregon.

One the great things about road trips is the people you sometimes meet on the way. At a rest stop on I-84, 160 miles east of Portland near Boardman, Oregon we had the pleasure of chatting with Tony Adams, a 53 year old cyclist who has and continues to ride his recumbent bicycle pulling a self-designed trailer around the entire continental USA! You can learn more about Tony by searching “Tony Adams cycling”.

53 year old Tony Adams, his recumbent bicycle and trailer. He’s spent the past 8 years cycling all over the continental USA, dragging, sleeping and living out of his self-designed trailer.

 

Tony Adam’s shopping list.

A park on the west side of Cour d’Alene, Idaho the following morning.

A park near Cour d’Alene, Idaho

I-90 east of Cour d’Alene, Idaho

Heading back west of Spokane, Washington.

 

Hours later and many miles west near Ellensburg, Washington, we encountered a really bad accident on the I-90. Traffic was backed up for quite a distance, but I was impressed by how quickly and efficiently Washington State police rerouted eastbound and some westbound traffic around the accident. We didn’t sit idle for as long as I would have expected. There was a second accident further west entering the Cascades. Delays were minimal.

Accident near Ellensburg, WA

Unfortunately we have no photos of the Cascade mountains. I do remember the driving was intense.

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