September 23, 2014 Travel Day Twisp to Colfax, Washington

Back to the wide open spaces of the west
Back to the wide open spaces of the west

A Dreary, Rainy Day on the Road

Travel day from Twisp to Colfax in “ The Palouse “. Not worried about what should be only a five of six hour jaunt today, I did a little catching up on image processing from my trip up Slate Peak last evening. And I will say it yet one more time, if you are ever in this area, you do not want to miss making the drive up to Slate Peak ! See yesterday’s blog post for more on this.

Departed the Riverbend RV Park around 11 AM under rainy, threatening skies and headed south on Route 20 through Twisp and then south on Route 153 to where it joins Route 97 North. This summer’s nasty fire season did a job on the terrain along Route 153 where mile after mile of hillsides were charred black. Many houses along the road were completely surrounded by blackened fields and the skeletons of burned trees, must have been a terrifying experience.

That's a lot of apples !
That’s a lot of apples !

Drove north on 97 through Brewster, a town that has to be the apple capital of Washington, huge warehouses and packing operations, not to mention miles of orchards. I picked up Route 17 south and headed through more apple country until picking up Route 174 east and returning once again to the wide open spaces of the west.

Barn along the way
Barn along the way

This route takes you by Grand Coulee Dam, though on this rainy afternoon, I wasn’t about to stop and sightsee.

Red barn along the way
Red barn along the way

174 takes you to Route 2, a main west to east highway and that took me through Davenport and to Route 231 south where the wheat fields start up and I caught a few glimpses of some barns as I flew past in the rain. Route 231 joins with Route 23 just short of I-90. I continued on Route 23 south to Route 195 south that took me into Colfax, Washington. All the roads today were in decent shape and made for an easy drive, no nasty grades and no construction or traffic congestion.

I had found a place to stay at the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds Campground by doing a Google maps search and so headed west on Route 26 just short of town for 5 miles to the fairgrounds.

The Palouse Empire Fairgrounds
The Palouse Empire Fairgrounds
The Palouse Empire Fairgrounds
The Palouse Empire Fairgrounds

I arrived around 5 PM and the place was deserted, no other campers, no host or attendant, but it was open and I pulled in and parked. ( By the way, these two images were taken the next morning as it was still raining when I pulled in on the 23rd. ) The campground is a large open flat field with water and 30 amp electric. There is a dump station here as well. Since it is an open field, satellite reception was good and the Verizon signal is OK, about 3 bars 4G, but in and out at times. I am able to post blog entries with a little patience. The area around the campground is fairly well lit and there was little road noise at night for good sleeping. For $15/night, seems like a good place to headquarter from as I explore the Palouse.

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