USA Road Trip -Seattle to Spokane
After Seattle is was onto the 90 East towards Maine and the autumn leaf changes and according to my calculations/planning about two weeks late, but about half way through the trip on miles covered. Accommodation in Seattle is very expensive with the ‘cheap/budget’ motels coming in at $70, way beyond our budget, but with hope springing eternally from the human breast we believed that there was a State Park (even if this was a long week end- Labor Day on Monday) waiting to welcome us with open arms. Sadly we had to do one of our all nighters, sleeping a few hours here and there and seeing the sun set and sun rise along the way- both with beautiful rainbows – that must be some kind of record.
It did mean that we got in a record 350 miles plus to Spokane and another hot air balloon episode with our pretentious tent in the Riverside State Park in Spokane, Washington, where a huge thunderstorm had us and some kindly fellow campers collecting our tent and gazebo that had been removed from our camp ground to greener pastures by the storm. As I was putting the tent up the camp host had warned me that a storm was approaching, as anyone could see! But being an ‘experienced USA adventurer’ by this time I ignored local advice at my peril and paid the price.
Anyway, all is well that ends well, even if it is a bit embarrassing, and after the wind had subsided we put up the tent again and had a pleasant supper at our camp table, which thanks to its weight, like Matilda could not be moved, even by a huge thunderstorm. Earlier we had travelled through the strongest rain we have yet experienced on this trip in the mountains near Seattle. According to the brochures it rains some 200 days a year in Seattle but not like that! No wonder they have rainforests everywhere!