|Tue, 04 Sep: We're back on the roll again, this time westward. We departed our lazy Priest Lake boondock spot in front of Betsy's home and started for Seattle. We'll make the 400+ miles a two day trip and we're currently about ¾ there.
We got going early on a quite cool morning. The morning temperatures most of the Labor Day weekend have been in the low forties and today was no exception. We got up and ran the gas furnaces to take the chill off the interior and started stowing gear for the road trip. We'd connected the car yesterday so we rolled wheels a few minutes before eight.
It was a very quiet drive from Priest Lake down to Priest River in Idaho 57. We then headed west on US 20 to Houston, WA and then back into Idaho on Idaho 41 to I 90 just east of the state border. We topped off our diesel tank at Post Falls. Fuel is considerably less in Idaho due to Washington's high fuel taxes.
We then headed west in I 90. This is the first time we've been on an Interstate since early May and, to be honest, it was nice to have those wide lanes and limited access interchanges. Traffic wasn't too heavy, the weather as perfect as could be, and we made good time to our present location in Easton.
We drove just over 300 miles today and had an enjoyable time. We crossed the Columbia River, which is always an experience. Carpe ran beautifully and turned in an impressive 9.5 miles per gallon for the day.
We're about 140 miles from our destination in Port Ludlow, WA. If all goes well we should arrive early afternoon depending on traffic in the Tacoma area. We hope the weather is as gorgeous as today's was so we can get some nice views of Mt. Ranier and the Seattle area.
Miles this leg: 306.6
Total miles since Casa Grande: 8,469.1