Spokane River Falls, Washington.
Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
The fourth week of the trip began with its hardest and most taxing stretch. Over three days, I'd go over 1,650 miles, from Seattle to Minneapolis. Two of those days would have only twenty-three hours; I'd be transiting Pacific-to-Mountain-to-Central Time in thirty-six hours. The first of these days was originally scheduled to take me to Bozeman, Montana. That would have made it the longest day of the trip, and required a very early start out of Seattle. I thus decided it'd be better to only go to Missoula, and leave the really long leg for the following day.
That was a smart move, because I didn't leave Seattle until 10 a.m. Pacific time. Unlike the prior week, I figured out how to use the lap tray I bought in Solvang, so I was able to get food and eat on the fly. I made a couple of brief stops for pictures and relief, but the first significant one of the day was in Spokane, where I admired the Spokane River's falls. Once that was done, I pressed on into Idaho. I hit the rest area, simply to establish boots on the ground in the state - with only seventy miles of highway, it was necessary to ensure that. But not long after I stopped for gas in Coeur d'Alene - and couldn't help but take some time out to admire the views along the city's namesake lake.
But there was distance and elevation to cover - to be exact, a lot of both. I had to press, even though much of my body didn't want to. The fatigue was compounded by two things. One was the road construction that, I later learned, is endemic to western Montana this time of year. The other was being caught behind a truck towing a boat who refused to exceed forty-five miles per hour, without the ability to pass him. I got stuck once, got around him, but took a rest stop and ended up behind him again. By the time I finally reached Missoula at 8 p.m. Mountain time, all I wanted was a meal and a room. I was fortunate to find both just off Interstate 90. I ate at Hooters and then checked in and got some rest, knowing the next day would be early and long...
Pictures: Day 22 (Washington, Idaho Panhandle, Western Montana)