Hello from Libby, Montana! We made 450+ miles today, and though we covered a lot of ground we’ve seen before, it was a good drive. After making a start that was later than usual (9am), we left Everett, WA on US Route 2 in an appropriate dim gray drizzle. The gloaming lasted until about Leavenworth, where we stopped for a rest.
After crossing the Columbia, we headed towards Grand Coulee, a spot we visit fairly often. We’ve decided to do lunch a little differently this trip. We bought a Coleman stove and a whole slew of those boil-in-a-bag Indian meals. With a bit of brown rice, they’re not that bad, really. Today, we ate at Dry Falls.
East of Grand Coulee, it’s nearly unexplored territory for us. We’ve done the road to Spokane once or twice (in varying degrees), but this time it was fairly no nonsense. We, of course, stopped in a few towns just to break up the monotony of the road, and followed an old concrete alignment for the same reason. In the distance we kept seeing huge dust devils until one was finally upon us. It gave the tiny Yaris a firm nudge.
With Spokane came rain and even some lightening that we kept seeing out of the corner of our eyes. The road between Spokane and through most of Idaho was a complete mystery to me (Eric). I did it five years ago, and I think a lot of it’s been changed and realigned because almost none of it looked familiar.
Route 2 through the Idaho panhandle is nearly 80 miles. It heads north and does a bit of zigzagging before dropping us off in Montana (which we entered without a sign). Thirty-two miles later and here we are in Libby for the night.
It was a long and mostly uneventful day, but since I’m not sure how often we’ll get to post, I thought it would be nice to do so.
Tomorrow is Havre!