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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Driving Down and Over to the Sunshine

I generally count on making about 50 miles per hour of driving. I know my speed is higher than that; however, on a road trip there are other things to consider. We run into traffic, need to refuel, want to stop at historical or scenic points, or grab a meal. Therefore I calculated about five hours to get down to Lynne and Joel's plus 40 minutes for the border wait time. I thought we'd make it at around 3:00 PM.

As it turned out, the border was a 10 minute breeze, but we were an hour late getting here. From well up on I-5 we saw the electronic highway signs indicating that I-90 east was closed at exit 83. We weren't sure how that exit matches up with cities along the route. Also, I had read something from a Facebook friend about clearing the highway because of a truck explosion, but that was at 8:00 AM this morning. I assumed that nothing could keep the major artery closed for too long and we'd be fine by the time we rolled through. I was wrong.

Unedited Wenas Trip 2016
Unedited Wenas Trip 2016

There were far fewer vehicles east of 405 than is normal. Yet at the scales well before the Roslyn exit, we came to a complete stop with lined up traffic as far as the eye could see. Luckily the line was creeping along on occasion. I rode the shoulder a bit and followed the vehicles headed past Suncadia. I knew there must be alternate ways past Cle Elem and onto Ellensburg. We did take Highway 10 and it was a scenic drive. Luckily no one was routing east-bound traffic this way. However we rode past 10 miles of lined-up traffic in the other lane. I wasn't quite sure when we got to Ellensburg which side of Exit 109 we'd be on and fortunately it was right. So we pulled in to this sunny desert oasis at a bit after 4:00 PM.

Unedited Wenas Trip 2016
Unedited Wenas Trip 2016
Unedited Wenas Trip 2016
Unedited Wenas Trip 2016
Unedited Wenas Trip 2016

How nice it was to catch up with these two friends! We'd not been to the house since 2013 as we saw them only at Snoqualmie Pass last summer. I cannot picture a better dinner with the swimming pool and unspoilt land as a backdrop. It has been a very nice evening.

Unedited Wenas Trip 2016


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