|I left Bozeman, Montana about 8:00 a.m. because it was cold (-10 degrees) and the sky was clear. The only problem was that the road was still snow-packed in places. I took it easy for the first hour and then the road gradually cleared up and was mostly clear and dry. The further I went, the higher the temperature got. (At one point, it was +10 degrees!)
By mid-afternoon I had cleared Montana and breezed through Idaho and thought about stopping in Spokane, Washington for the day. However, it was warm and clear and I knew the road so I continued on. I knew that the only obstacle between me and the coast was the Snoqualmie Pass and because it was so nice out, I decided to go for it.
It takes about 45 minutes to conquer the pass and it is either 6 or 8 lanes made up of broken and uneven pavement and potholes, some cement barriers in certain parts to make it look like they're actually working on it and about a billion vehicles because it is the major feeder from the east into Seattle. Even though it was Saturday around 6:00, it was still very busy. (Sort of, "Pikes Peak meets The Daytona 500 on Louisiana pavement!)
The last time I did the pass (in October) was at night in the pouring rain and it was much less fun then!
Anyway, once I cleared the usual Seattle area traffic, I motored up to Burlington where I bought the trailer and pulled into their lot around 7:00 p.m. Pacific time which meant that I spent about 13 hours on the road today! That was a long one.
I'm going to spend a few days here because I've got to get work done on the trailer and so I probably won't head for Canada until Tuesday. I'll post another report when that happens.