Day 7 (August 3, 2000) - Over The Cascades To Seattle
Day 7 started in Ellensburg, Washington on the eastern edge of the
Cascade range, about 100 miles out of Seattle. We stopped in
Ellensburg so that we would have daylight with us for the final stretch
through Cascadia. We crossed the snow capped Cascade mountains and descended
into Bellevue at 2:30pm. Snow capped Mt. Rainier rises to the
south of Bellevue and the towers of Seattle can be seen to the west. Total trip mileage, Charlotte to Bellevue, was 3285.
The Best Inn at Ellensburg, Washington. The Cascades within
Downtown Ellensburg, Washington...
The eastern edge of the Cascades...
Crossing the Cascades...
As we descended the western face of the Cascades
down into the Seattle area I felt a slight melancholy coming on. The time
with Chieko had been wonderful and it was great to see Seattle again... but
deep inside, I didn't want to stop. This cross-country drive was among the greatest experiences of my life and I did not want it to end! I would
have been quite happy to spend a couple of days in Seattle then pick
the trail up again, north... to Alaska.
I kept thinking about something Capt. Gus McCrae,
Texas Ranger, said in Lonesome Dove: "Ain't nothing better than riding' a
fine horse through a new country. That's exactly what me and Woodrow was
meant for." I felt like I was meant for being on the road...