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.
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”.
A park on the west side of Cour d’Alene, Idaho the following morning.
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.
Unfortunately we have no photos of the Cascade mountains. I do remember the driving was intense.