Hells Canyon: Another Dirty Back Road
My first stop was for a bit of gas and to clean all the dirt off of Babe from yesterday's back country adventure. I also had to stop at the local Petco to restock River's ice chest. And then we drove over Coeur D'Alene Lake as we left the town of the same name.
I had to make a quick stop when I passed this place on the way out.The burger was good, too.
But Mini Nav took me on another rugged adventure. It started out innocuous enough. I was driving through normal towns on a highway. I had stopped in Plummer, as I mentioned, for the burger. But then, the next thing I knew, I was surrounded by this...
This road wasn't as ridged as the road yesterday, but it was very switchbacky and I think the rockiest road I've ever driven on. Notice toward the end of the video when you can see all the dirt that has formed on the back window. The window I just cleaned this morning. haha
It was a good two hours driving in what I saw some signs designating as Hell's Canyon.
When I looked at the route on GoogleMaps, it didn't look too bad. This is what I thought I had in store for myself.
So anyway, when I finally hit the pavement and the roaring and jostling stopped, I sighed heavily a few times taking in the joy of asphalt and driving in a straight line! After that, I still had a bit of a drive on the Interstate. It was already dark well before I got to my motel.
When I saw this motel from the highway, I was wishing I could stay in it. I loved the classic look. Two rows of rooms, all facing the parking lot and the highway. And I loved the name, MOTEL Always Welcome Inn. I was so happy when I pulled up to find out that it was indeed where I was staying.
This Motel 6 is brand new to the franchise. I think that blacked out square in the MOTEL sign above is a temporary vinyl 6. This place hasn't been 6-ified yet. It has certain non-6 luxuries. Like there's a couch in my room! and a table and chair. A microwave and refrigerator and free wi-fi. There's facial tissue! (which I know is fairly standard in most motels, but unheard of at The 6!)
I'm going to sleep well tonight.