Route 2 - Day 13 - Monday, July 05, 2004

 Today's Narrative 

The last few days have been sorta cloudy, windy and rainy. But today the sun is shining and there's not a cloud in the sky. The Motel 6 was a great place to stay. We even slept in a little. Which partially explains why we didn't hit the road 'till 12 noon :)

Once out of Spokane the land changes from hills to pretty flat. The trip across the state of Washington was pretty uneventful. Mostly rolling meadows.

But when we reached the west side of the state we ran into the Cascade Mountains (well, not literally :). Pretty.

Route 2 ends when it dead ends into I 5 north of Seattle. I was hoping there would be a sign that said something like, "Route 2 Ends." No such luck. We turned south on I 5 and then east on I 90. There's a compass in the CB radio. It has read "W" for some time now. Seems strange to glance down and see "E."

We're currently camped outside the post office in Preston, WA 98050. Tomorrow we start the "dash for home." I really have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand I've really enjoyed the trip so far. Everything has worked out for the best. Beautiful scenery, the van has behaved itself and the Navigator has held his bitching to a minimum (it's amazing what he'll do for Greenies :). But on the other hand I'm about ready to head for home. A four or five day drive I'm guessing.

Good night.

Today we traveled from Spokane, WA to Preston, WA.

 Today's Pictures 
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This house is on Route 2 west of Spokane. Kinda different. Hmmm... nice smile, but your arms are kinda short. Space Needle, Seattle, WA Downtown Seattle, WA

 Today's Stats 

Beginning time: 12:30pm
Ending time: 9pm
Net driving time (includes stops, etc.): 8.5
Begining odometer: 105551
Ending odometer: 105917
Net miles today: 366
Average MPH: 43
Total trip mileage: 3865

Gasoline: $41 - $2.039/gallon in Wenatchee, WA (I've seen prices as high as $2.229 today)
Food, ice, etc.: $8
Grocery: $6
Lodging: $0
Other: $0

 Thought For The Day 

"Failure is not falling down. Failure is not getting up again." ~ Mary Pickford
 Joke Of The Day 

An elderly lady phoned her telephone company to report that her telephone failed to ring when her friends called - and that on the few occasions when it did ring, her pet dog always moaned right before the phone rang.

The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile elderly lady. He climbed a nearby telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house. The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned loudly and the telephone began to ring. Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

1. The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire via a steel chain and collar.

2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.

3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the phone number was called.

4. After a couple of such jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate on himself and the ground.

5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to ring.

The moral of this (very!) unlikely story: A graphic demonstration that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning.

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