Snoqualmie Pass Zero & travel days

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Zero miles on the PCT.

It was great to have a day off yesterday and spend the day off my feet. There wasn’t much to be done for a full day off in Snoqualmie Pass other than to rest up and plan ahead for the next leg of this trip.

I tried hitching from Snoqualmie Pass to Ellensburg for well over two hours with no success. In summer Snoqualmie Pass is essentially a rest stop for people travelling on Interstate 90 and given it was the weekend there were lost of travellers out and about, just none willing to pick up a hitchhiker headed east. Sounds like it’s heaps easier to get a ride west to North Bend or Seattle. And there are no bus connections from here either which is weird given that buses stop at the towns on either side of SPass.

I finally bit the bullet and had to get quite an expensive ride with a Lyft driver. Oh well, that’s the way it goes.

In Ellensburg it was time for a bus to Wenatchee further north. Ultimately I’m aiming for Chelan to get catch a ferry up Lake Chelan to Stehekin to continue north but there were a few hiccups.

I could get a bus to Chelan but accomodation is fully booked out for the weekend and I’d have nowhere to stay. Actually I could get a place on Sunday night but there are no buses running to Chelan on Sunday; and even a f there were, I would have to wait until Monday for the ferry anyway. Yeah I could stealth camp somewhere but I couldn’t be bothered given I’d just got all my gear cleaned up and squared away.

So I find myself in Wenatchee for the rest of today and tomorrow. That actually works out quite well because I don’t want to reach Stehekin on a Sunday as the Post Office is closed and I wouldn’t be able to pick up my food resupply.

All good. It looks like another day off. Think I’ll go see a movie and eat nice food.

From my brief look around Wenatchee looks like a great town. Can’t wait to explore.

And the weather ahead from Stehekin right into next week looks great.

Summit Inn at Snoqualmie Pass
Stehekin forecast
Crossing the Columbia River – it is huge

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