August 21, 2009 – Day 26: Vancouver (Clearwater), BC to Ellensburg, WA – 380.26 miles
- Skagit River, WA
I left early not knowing how long it would take to clear the border. As it turns out it took all of about 2 minutes. I pulled up to the officer at the gate, I handed him my passport and he asked me what my citizenship was, I said U.S., he asked me where I was coming from, I said Alaska. He asked me where I was going, I said San Diego, California. He looked at me and said, “Wow, that’s a long ride”, and added, as he handed me back my passport, “have a safe ride back to San Diego.” I thanked the nice young man and took off through the corn fields of Northern Washington.
- Concrete, WA
Since the GPS started acting up early, it took me a while to find my way through the fields and onto State Route 9. Once on Route 9, I traveled south to Sedro Woolley and caught Route 20 east through the North Cascades National Park. What an absolutely amazing ride. This is some magnificent country. I stopped along the Skagit River for my first of many shooting locations during the day. The countryside was a rich green and the lakes Turquoise blue. The vistas just got better with every stop and I shot over 100 frames before I made it across to Winthrop my first fuel stop since leaving Sedro Woolley.
- Diablo Lake, WA
Winthrop is a cute, touristy, western town with a lot of character. After taking on fuel I stopped at a little storefront coffee shop and purchased a bear claw and some coffee. I sat in the morning sun letting the coffee warm my insides while the sun did its thing on my outsides. After my little break it was back on Route 20 to Route 153 to the town of Pateros . From Pateros I picked up Route 97 South and followed the North fork of the Columbian River for a while. We finally left the river and moved west, and then south, through the town of Liberty and eventually pulling into Ellensburg, my stop for the night.
- Winthrop Coffee Stop
- The Road between Winthrop and Pateros
- Upper Columbia