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West portal of GN Ry's Cascade Tunnel.

The Fine Art of Motorcycle Touring


   NAILED IN MONTUNA - PART ONE, A

A Motorcycle Story

by C. C. Crow


Subject: Ah, The Road
Date: 7/31/00 10:45:36 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: Killerkrow
To: rooti@square.nut

Well, I made it back...

It was a great trip. Plenty of stories.

Started off going over Stevens Pass and following Rt. 2 along the Great Northern RR line. I stopped at every small town along the way and took photos of old buildings and granaries. No campgrounds so I cowboy camped at a rest area out in the middle of no where complete with howling coyotes and plenty of stars.


Mount Index, west of Steven's Pass, Washington.

Mt. Index west of Steven's Pass


West Portal of GN Cascade Tunnel, Steven's Pass, Washington.

West Protal of GN Cascade Tunnel



Interior West Portal of GN Cascade Tunnel, Steven's Pass, Washington.

Interior of West Protal of GN Cascade Tunnel
a train had just passed so it was sort of safe

Crossing Nason Creek.

Crossing the "footbridge" at Nason Creek

West portal of GN Ry's Cascade Tunnel.

Rest stop at the west portal. Maybe a train will come by.

Moses Coulee, central Washington.

Moses Coulee, central Washington

BN Snowdozer stationed at Skykomish, Washington. 640 x 457

BN Snowdozer stationed at Skykomish, Washington

Rail train at Skykomish, Washington. 640 x 445

Rail train at Skykomish, Washington


I stopped at every small town along the way and took photos of old buildings and granaries. This is along the old Northern Pacific route.


A grainery, central Washington.
A grainery, central Washington.


Grainery silos in Hartline and sunset in Almira, central Washington


No campgrounds nearby so I cowboy camped at a rest area out in the middle of no where complete with howling coyotes and plenty of stars. In the morning I continued my hunt for railroad structures.


A grainery, central Washington.

Grainery

A fuel oil depot, central Washington.

Fuel oil depot

Coulee, RR.

Coulee RR

Into Spokane I stopped at REI to replace the air mattress that I had found totally worthless overnight. I took more photos of old brick buildings and bought some clip-on sunglasses on my way north out of town. The traffic was terrible- I couldn't wait to get out into open territory.



Spokane freight station.
Spokane freight station.

Spokane freight station being torn down?

Spokane freight station.

Spokane freight station - but which RR?

Spokane freight station.


From Spokane I ran north to Newport, Washington. Newport was served by two railroads, the Milwaukee and the Great Northern. I should have figured out which was which- if you know, please let me know.


Newport depot. 640 x 376

Newport, Washington (Milw?) depot.

Newport depot. 640 x 314

Newport, Washington (GN?) depot.

Panhandle Feeds. A grainery with lots of tractors and stuff around.
Panhandle Feeds. 640 x 399

Panhandle Mill. In Sandpoint, Idaho (I think, or is it Newport?)
Hey, if you know let me know- my memory for such details is shot! Well, it was over a year ago.


I stopped for lunch in Sandpoint, watched trains and swimmers at the park. I was tempted to dive in but I didn't want to scare anyone.


Pend Oreille Lake.

Lake Pend Oreille



I'm breaking Part One of the album version into three section because of the large number of photos. We will continue the journey following the old Northern Pacific Railway's mainline to Paradise and beyond...


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