To and from Tripletown, in pictures
Hey, it seems you can’t write a scooter blog without a photo sequence of your most recent road trip, so I shall pay tribute to the guru, Steve Williams, and present pix taken on the way to and from Tri-Cities:
Breakfast is, after all, the most important meal of the day. And yes, it is quite possible to bonk when you ride a scooter, so I began the trip with one of Queen Anne Cafe’s awesome omelettes. Yeah, I’d probably get a ticket if the parking enforcement person got out of his/her Cushman 3-wheeler, but that didn’t happen.
I had decided to fill the gas tank in Enumclaw, which is the beginning of the Chinook Scenic Byway, aka WA 410. I had some extra gas in a well-cleaned Minute Maid orange juice jug, just in case; there are only a few places to get gas between E-burg and Naches (which is pronounced na-CHEEZ), and I wasn’t sure about the PX’s fuel consumption. As I said, I made it without having to use the extra gas, but as they say, your mileage may vary.
Here we are at Chinook Pass. The altitude was no problem, and 35 mph in 3rd gear is a speed the PX liked just fine. I was amazed at the weather; no clouds, a comfy temperature and great visibility.
We made it! We made good time, too, arriving in Naches roughly four hours after leaving Seattle. I still don’t understand why the place isn’t called the Drift On Inn, but hey…
We’re in the desert that is Eastern Washington. You’ll see tumbleweeds and even the occasional prairie dog. This picture was taken somewhere between Yakima and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
I had no inclination to ride in the dark, so the plan was to ride only as far as Yakima when the rally ended on Sunday. I chose the cheap and kinda-cheerful Red Apple Inn on N 1st Street in downtown Yakima. There are a bunch of other hotels on this street, if you’d like something with a bit more luxury.
Here we are at the westbound side of the Chinook Pass rest area. I’m so glad the weather was so nice… this would’ve been an absolutely miserable trip in the rain. I’m also happy to report no issues whatsoever with the PX. It has once again shown it may not be the fastest thing on the road, but it will give you everything it’s got, all day long. Where are we off to next? Good question.