Day 3 and it's still raining. My uncle Rod tells me Helena get a total of 12 inches on precipitation for a year... well , turns out I've been witness to 1 inch of it (joy). But we still managed to walk around Mt. Helena a bit that evening (in the dizzle). And I took in a quick car-tour of Helena in the morning (still in the drizzle).
Rod & Carol recommended I stop off at the McKnight Pass lookout (I think that was the name). We were hoping the rain would let up and the skies would part. But instead I drove up into a cloud .. but wait ! there's more ... it was still raining, and there was some kind of run/bike event going up/down the pass so us drivers also had to look for runners on the shoulder (we all stuck to the left lane). So let's just say I decided not to stop (wasn't much a view anyways).
Things dryed up , or rather stopped raining around the Idaho border. Boy , you cross the border and you take a serious series of winding decending curves on semi-moist roads. I finally found out how/when to use engine-braking with my auto/manual transmission, and anticipating which way the road will curve on the Sat Nav really helps (note to BMW, a topographic overlay on the GPS display would be nice). Also played a little follow-the-leader with a Black M3 till we ran into road construction that constricted the road to one lane :-( Spokane:
Checked into the first of a long line of Holiday Inns ... this one is sitting on a big "rock" which puts it above everything else around (nice views from the rooms). Decided to try a non-fast food outlet for dinner. Ended up a mere two blocks from the hotel at the Clinkerdagger
. Nice place, they had a patio overlooking the Spokane River, but they "close up" the dam for that particular section of the river (there's an island there and all/most of the flow is directed on the far side), so it was inside for me. I'll have to go back over there tomorrow morning for some pictures. Oh, Helena pics are on the way, this hotel's internet connection is too pokey for uploading pictures, I'll cross my fingers in Seattle.
Off to Seattle tomorrow (a mere 4 hours), I'll be picking up Bob "somewhere in Seattle" ....