We had an early night and rose early to pack. After a good breakfast we loaded the bike and hit the road. A little to my surprise the Garmin guided us smoothly out of Portland, taking us over the spectacular double-decker I5 and up the Columbia River Gorge.
The Columbia River Gorge is a marvelous spectacle. It is a capital R River, navigable for perhaps 160 Kms from the sea. It is an archetypal drowned glacier, with the high, steep sides a feature of the topography on both banks for miles. We made our first stop at Cascade Locks to just check on things and we had a cup of hot chocolate each. $3.00!. The GPS then led us across the river at the Hood bridge and we entered Washington State. The road was quiet and afforded the opportunity for some higher speed touring :-). The vegetation changed and the landscape appeared quite arid in places and it rapidly became warmer. We stopped briefly for a leg stretch in Prosser and then for lunch in Umatilla WA before pressing on to our final stop for the day in Walla Walla WA, arriving about 2.15.
A couple of things need sorting. The intercom, which should be straight forward; and then the sat antenna connection for the GPS. That will be far from simple. Grrr.
I will also now try and load some pics! And decide on tomorrow's route.