It was cold this morning! According to weather.com the temperature was 47F (8.3 C). No wonder my hands felt like ice blocks while making coffee. I’m a warm weather person so 47F is down right ‘wintery’ for me ;-). By my standards that’s damn cold for July. Hmm. 6:30 and no one’s up. Dead quiet in the camping area. Oh well, time to make coffee :-D. I tried to keep the noise down to a minimum while getting set up. Alas, when it’s time to fire up the liquid gas stove, all bets are off. The stove sounds like a jet taking off so I’m sure our neighbors cursed our names – or at least mine :-). Actually, it’s not that bad 20 feet away, just standing right next to it having a conversation is a challenge. But, it works both ways, if I have to put in earplugs at night because they are up late hanging around the campfire than I have no shame getting an early start on the day ;-).
We headed east again on WA 14 along the Columbia river gorge, which is part of the Lewis and clark trail. Light traffic combined with a smooth road, long sweeping turns and gentle hills made for a relaxing and enjoyable 80 mile ride. We got on IH 82 and then 84 to head down to La Grande, OR which will be our starting point for the next leg back up north on our way to Missoula, MT.
The interstate goes through some very scenic terrain, leaving the lowlands of brown hills and water intensive farming to quickly ascend to the Wallow-Whitman National Forest. Speed limited turns(!) on the interstate, with long banked sweeping turns and three lanes to choose from. Excellent. Even Diane was able to keep up. 🙂 IH 84 goes through majestic pine forests and meadows before descending into La Grande.
After grocery shopping for tonight’s dinner and eating lunch yet again in the store 😉 we headed towards our campground. A very nice place, all RVs but unlike in Boise not a permanent community. We are the only tenters so we have the grassy area to ourselves. Immaculate restroom and showers as well as free WiFi. The nicest private campground so far (if it weren’t for the mosquitos), hands down.
Here’s todays route.