After a lot of debate today decided to head out and cross into the States. We have been here for almost a month, and have been though weeks of freezing rain, snow and an ice storm. We had purchased a huge amount of data so we could work on getting the blog set up and were so close to getting it done. However, with more snow in the forecast, we ducked out of Abbotsford and head to the boarder. It was hard saying goodbye to everyone we had come to know at the Eagle Wind Resort, but they gave us a ton of tips, and a slew of places we had to add to our travel plans. Most of them we will see next November. We booked in so we had a spot to wait out the weather before crossing again next year. This time we will be smarter and get out of there a bit sooner.
The boarder crossing was fast and easy. Way better then trying to cross over in the White Rock area as we had planned. On a side note, do not fuel up at the first petro station you find! We topped up in Lyndon and paid 3.65 a gallon. Ten minutes down the rd, every petro station was selling it for at least a dollar less. A $60.00 savings in our jeans would have been nice. Lesson learned.
We figured we would miss most of the traffic going through Seattle and Portland. Not! Now don’t get me wrong, I have zero issue driving this rig or being a passenger on freeways…. but this was nuts! In some places there are nine lanes, freeways over your heard and ramps of traffic above those. It’s a maze of tail lights and concrete for as far as the eye can see. Most of the time you are lucky to get going more than 15 or 20 miles an hour. How can any one could live there! I drove a tad going through Portland until our GPS said I need to merge a few lanes over to take an off ramp. NOT! When traffic finally jammed, Doug took the wheel and I went and took my meds. Lol.
Once we passed Portland, things got a lot better. We pulled over into the Tulalip Resort Casino in Marysville and called it a night. Casinos are one of my favourite places to stay. Although we do not gamble, there is no charge to park, the food is awesome and there are always neat things to see inside.
That night we had ourselves a good laugh! Doug had filled up with fuel and calculate our mileage. We managed to go a whole 75 miles! We might make Yuma or Florida sometime next year!!!
Cheers for now.
OH I FORGOT to ask you. What is the second picture of in this post? It is really cool looking but I am confused.Well tht is nothing new is it?
LOL Bonnie… I will edit and sign it… I got that photo somewhere in the casino and thought it was a very neat abstract 🙂 I can see why you would not know what it is… I shall explain that as well. Thanks.. feedback always helps 🙂
OUCH! That sounds more terrifying than driving through Atlanta or NY City! SVEN lanes of traffic is insanity at its best. I was in Portland once for 5 nights on a business trip, but I did not have to drive so I enjoyed the city.
Yes Bonnie McGee… some of the freeways we have been on have NINE lanes. We have not really had any issue until we got into the more populated areas of California… People will just not move over, they merge in front of you and do not match the speed of on coming traffic…. we have had cars on numerous times pass on the right shoulder to gt by us …. You really have to be focused …. I’ll be happy when we get into Arizona. Did you know the LA area has a population of 18 million? 17 million more than anywhere I have ever been 🙂