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LA or Bust - 2009 Trip - Day 21

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Start Location: Mountain Home, ID
Ending Location: Everett, WA
Miles Today: 572
Trip Miles: 6777
States Visited: 20
National Parks Visited: 2
Low Temp: 55.6° F
High Temp: 96.3° F
Min Elevation: 22'
Max Elevation: 4192'

Route Map:

no graph today

If anything today was better weather than yesterday.  We didn't see a single cloud in the sky until almost 5:00 PM.  On top of that, another day with no rain.  We got a good start this morning and the roads were pretty clear since it was a Saturday.  

There was a lot of construction both in Oregon and then around Snoqualmie Pass.  The construction east of the Pass is definitely needed.  The roads on I-90 around Snoqualmie Pass were some of the worst on the trip.  For a very long stretch, the road is down to just one lane.   I can't imagine what that must be like during high traffic times.

The scenery in eastern Oregon and eastern Washington is very similar.  The land is very arid and the only green is mostly where there is irrigation.  It's always magnificent to come over the Pass.  We have been almost 7000 miles and several mountain ranges and this is some of the most unique scenery anywhere.  Unfortunately we didn't get any pictures over the Pass this time because of the winds.

We did another 500+ mile day today and decided that 4 days that long is just too much.  What made today especially bad was some extremely strong winds we encountered from about 20 miles east of Ellensburg all the way to the Pass.  The gusts were very strong often moving us over 2 or 3 feet in the lane before I could react and correct for the gusts.  Then the gust would end and we'd move back in the other direction.  We're talking 1200 pounds of motorcycle, riders, and gear - so it was very stressful.  The reason we went that far each day was that we knew we were getting near the end of the season and the last thing we wanted was to be riding in snow or sleet.

So we are home now and the final step will be getting the motorcycle cleaned up - there are bugs everywhere - and then doing a final wrap-up with statistics for the complete trip.  Keep an eye out for that some time this week.