Washington was hard, particularly the central and eastern segments.
Starting off was easy: follow the I90 trail to Preston, scoot through Fall City to the Snoqualmie Valley trail, cruise through North Bend to Rattlesnake Lake, then it’s crushed gravel riding on the Palouse-to-Cascade Trail over to Hyak, Cle Elem, and Ellensburg.
Routing then becomes tricky because of the Columbia River:
- The natural crossing for the trail would be the Beverly Bridge, which is closed due to safety concerns. Repair money is awaiting WA state infrastructure budget approvals.
- The Vantage Bridge is used for I90 vehicle traffic. While technically bikes are allowed to use the bridge, there is no shoulder for more than a mile, just the white lane line next to the metal guider preventing cars from going into the river. So it’s not safe.
- The Wenatchee Bridge is the next crossing to the north, which is our way to cross.
After reaching Wenatchee and crossing the Columbia, the route then climbs back up the steep Rock Island Grade and into ranch land before reaching Ephrata.