On the outskirts of Grabear we turned on CA-70 heading west. It was about 100 miles of curving, mountain roads until we met Hwy 99 East and headed toward the Corning Superchargers. As around Prescott, AZ, this driving tested both the driver and passenger, but the car came through with flying colors.
The only real landmark between Corning and Grants Pass, OR was Mt. Shasta. With the weather overcast due to wildfires covering eastern California, Oregon, and Washington, we were fortunate the recent rain helped control the southern fires.
At Grant’s Pass we discovered Patty’s cousin, Rainey, was also driving to Spokane and was only 30 minutes behind us. She was going to visit her mother, sister, and two sons for several weeks. We agreed it only made sense for all of us to stay in the same La Quinta and get together for supper, to talk and plan. The next morning we decided to go our separate ways because we weren’t pushing as hard to reach Spokane early.
The sights we wanted to stop and see included waterfalls in the beautiful Columbia Gorge region. We hiked down to and photographed Bridal Vail Falls, stopped at Multnomah Falls, and finally got pictures at Horsetail Falls. This was a really beautiful interlude in our trip north.
Just west of The Dalles we came across a wildfire just above the roadway next to the Columbia River. The smoke was dense and the flames very visible, but the traffic was allowed to continue. We stayed at Cousins Country Inn, The Dalles – Six Tesla Superchargers had been installed at this location about the time we started this trip, several days ago. I was told we were the first Tesla owners to stay at the hotel, but the following morning I discovered another Tesla guest parked in the lot. I also found people ICEd several of the parking locations. I guess it takes people a while to learn the Supercharger spots are for EVs and not general parking.
The last day’s trip to Spokane was pretty uneventful. Since we were in a 60, we couldn’t go straight from The Dalles to Ritzville – 240 range miles – but had to first stop at the Ellensburg Superchargers. A Tesla owner there noted that the Best Western in Ritzville was very friendly to EVers and this certainly turned out to be true. We arrived in Spokane in time for dinner with our relatives, but that is for the next blog post.