Monday, April 24, 2017

Soap Lake, Wash to Kelowna, B.C.

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211 miles today.

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Up early and on the road by 8am……which is early enough for us.  It was a quiet sleep as the traffic stopped overnight.  Weather is cloudy, cool and not windy.

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Heading up to Dry Falls.

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Heading north on 17 and the area is dotted with farms.

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The road is a little worse than the last time we came through.

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This big double carrying tree whips for planting passed us with a hill coming up.  Just over the crest it was wide open for miles.  Duh!!!

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The cattle are still in close waiting to be fed.  Not much growing here yet and there are lots of calves.

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This set of buses were all driven by Mexicans and right behind them was a state trooper.  Problemo?

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That’s Bridgeport at the bottom of the hill.

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Just upstream is the Chief Joseph Dam.

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A bit greener here but only the willows seem to have any leaves on.

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We stopped for fuel just south of Omak and the station is now run by Conaco or something and not the Indians.  (Politically correct in the USA!) Easy in and easy out.

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The clouds look ominous but only a few drops of rain here and there and…..no wind.

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Tonasket, Oroville and then the border.

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No leaves on the fruit trees.  Appears to be a few weeks late.

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Tonasket.  These small old towns are always pretty.

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Neat old building in Oroville.

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Here we are on the Canadian side of the border.  How much alcohol (2 open packs of beer) what did you buy (a replacement tire) anything else (just some t-shirts etc. for the grand kids) any fresh fruit or vegetables (no….well the small amount I had wasn’t very fresh and wouldn’t have been an issue anyway)  okay….Welcome home.  Real nice border guard this time which was refreshing! 

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In Canada the cherry trees are in bloom but that’s it.

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132 ….KM’s!….to Kelowna.  Not miles so it’s like being back in Mexico where it’s metric except it’s really cold here!

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Are they sure?

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Pretty little town that’s been cuted up.

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North of Penticton on Skaha Lake.

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Pretty along here but definitely not spring yet.

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Okanagan Lake.

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Coming into Peachland.

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Westbank (aka West Kelowna by some) ahead.

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The development in Westbank is just crazy.  Here the view of the lake is blocked by a row of ugly signs….this is First Nations Land and they can do what they want.  I might rethink this plan!

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Over the relatively new bridge into Kelowna.

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We are coming down Pandosy towards Ian and Linda’s and the traffic is in a major hurry.  We had quite a giggle when they were all slowed down by the garbage truck making stops to pick up….garbage.  Every time we come into Kelowna it is apparent how much busier it is.  More and more and more people driving on a road system that can’t support it. 

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The lake is beautiful and trees…..have no leaves.  We are both wearing down vests!

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Safe and sound in Ian and Linda’s driveway.  We’ll stay for about a week as we have lots to do….including looking at some used motorhomes.  Eric is really tired of the poor undercarriage on the RV along with blowing tires.  I’ll keep you posted. 

Oh yeah….our neighbours from Mazatlan, Rick, Judy and Sadie the dog passed us when we had stopped for lunch at the scales in Penticton earlier.  They live in Penticton.

A good day’s drive.

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