John Day Dam

At 0830 Ross and Marge left the campground in Kennewick for the 130 mile drive to the Bridge RV Park Campground in White Salmon, Washington. The route chosen was Washington State Highway 14 that parallels the Columbia River through the Columbia Gorge. The first 15 miles was primarily agricultural land used for cattle, food products and vineyards. There are several vineyards along the route and as you approach the Columbia Gorge the scenery changes to steep cliffs and rock with some steep hills and some very winding roads.

The best surprise was the condition of the road surface. The road was in very good condition with a few short sections and even those were in pretty good shape. There was one construction zone where US Highway 97 crosses State Highway 14. There was a very short delay. About thirty miles from White Salmon there was a warning sign about an emergency ahead and as they rounded a curve there a fire engine and fire crew putting the finishing touches on a small grass fire.

Ross stopped at one of the turn-outs and took the photo of the John Day Dam. There are numerous turn-outs along the road but Ross only stopped at one. Ross and Marge are hoping to drive back in the pickup and stop frequently to get some photos of the Columbia Gorge. Unfortunately the weather has changed and it is raining today and the weather tomorrow is not expected to be much better.

Ross and Marge are trying to get their reservation here to seven days but as of now they will have to leave Friday morning if there are no cancellations here at the park.

As for as the tunnels Ross was so concerned about, they were not a problem. Ross had made the mistake searching the internet and find a Washington State document describing the tunnels and narrow with a posted clearance of 12 feet 4 inches and the clearance posting were not guaranteed to be accurate. As it turns out the two tunnels were actually posted as 12 feet 9 inches at the edges and that height is two inches more than is needed for the motorhome. In addition the tunnel roofs form an arch which means the interior clearance is significantly more.

After arriving at the campground Ross' stomach was aching and he realized that he was so concerned about the tunnels that as soon as he relaxed the stomach ache abated.

Most travel through the Columbia Gorge is via Interstate 84 on the Oregon side of the Columbia River but if anyone travels the Washington State Highway 14 they will be very pleased with the scenery which is much different than from the interstate in Oregon.

That is all for now,

Ross & Marge

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