“It was an Elan. A delightful little thing famously made of Kleenex and unicorn farts.” ~ Sam Smith
Here are the proposed daily routes for the last leg. They have been planned around three things: 1. Avoiding big cities and highways with heavy traffic (especially trucks!), 2. About 350 miles or seven driving hours, whichever is less and 3. Stops at places of interest or where friends and acquaintances can join with me. I welcome input from anyone following the blog who has local knowledge and can suggest improvements.
DAY THIRTY – May 14, Port Angeles to Davenport, WA – I am faced with a choice of route today. I can take the Kingston Ferry to Edmonds and deal with the very urban east side of Puget Sound and US 2 or turn north to Port Townsend and that ferry to WA 20 through Oak Harbor which is a better Lotus road but longer. Decisions, decisions! I think I shall see what the weather is like and what the locals advise and make the call then. Either way it looks like a fun day with great roads and beautiful scenery to make the choice really hard!
DAY THIRTY ONE– May 15, Davenport to Helena, MT – This will be another day of choice. Do I head to Helena around Lake Pend Oreille or continue northeast to the Going to the Sun Highway which I have wanted to drive for many years. It adds about 120 miles to the trip but I will never be closer with the right car I suspect. Again I think I’ll see what the weather is like and how strong the homing instinct is at this point in the adventure. No matter which route I choose it will be a fantastic driving day with all that Montana has to offer.
DAY THIRTY TWO – May 16, Helena to Geo Ctr to Belle Fourche, SD – Why did I decide to touch the Geographic Center of the 50 States? If I weren’t going to it I would head straight south from Montana through Wyoming and be home tomorrow. Instead I add a day and a few hundred extra miles. The good news is that this part of South Dakota is lovely and if I’m going to detour, this is a pretty good one.
DAY THIRTY THREE – May 17, Belle Fourche to Laramie, WY – I started this tour through the high plains and now I am near the ending with the same thing. Today will almost be a repeat of the first day with empty prairie, wind and straight roads that go on forever to the horizon. If the Wyoming wind doesn’t blow me off the road, I will be set for a final day of beautiful roads somewhere west of Laramie.
DAY THIRTY FOUR –May 18, Laramie to Alma to Home at Last – I have driven all these roads WY 230, CO 125, 14 and 9, before and they are still some of my favorites. The twists and turns, the grades up and down and the mesmerizing vistas all combine to tickle the pleasure center of the brain, at least this brain. No matter where I have been and unless there will be somewhere on this drive to dispel my belief, I expect this will be the best driving day of the trip. And, I will be home at the end of the day which makes it even better.
Hi, I’m Ross and I’m a tripoholic. I love driving especially in my old cars and then writing about the adventure that always follows. I’m old enough to know better but that doesn’t stop me. If you like stories of the road, every word true no matter how far fetched it may seem, then grab a beer or a cup of coffee and join me!
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