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.
Today we traveled from Spokane, WA to Preston, WA.
|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|
Gasoline: $41 - $2.039/gallon in Wenatchee, WA (I've seen prices as high as $2.229 today)
Food, ice, etc.: $8
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.