We jumped north one more state, we are now in Washington and that always makes me happy because Washington shares the US/Canada border with British Columbia and that means we are so close to home now!
Even though we lost an hour with the time change we were still on the road by 8:30 a.m. for our three and a half hour drive to Long Beach, Washington.
There was a slight mist off the ocean, which played some havoc with my pictures, but I did get a few.
Before long we only had the occasional glimpse of the ocean but the views were still very pretty!
At the northern end of Oregon we crossed over the Astoria-Megler Bridge, which spans the lower Columbia River between Astoria, Oregon, and Point Ellice near Megler, Washington. The bridge opened in 1966 and is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.
Located 14 miles (23 km) from the mouth of the river at the Pacific Ocean, the bridge is 4.067 miles (6.55 km) in length, and was the final segment of SR101 to be completed between Olympia, Washington and Los Angeles, California.
If you are heading north, the entrance onto the bridge takes you under what used to be the toll plaza located at the end of a 2,130-foot (650 m) inclined ramp, which goes through a full 360° loop while gaining elevation to clear the channel over land. The picture below, which I borrowed from Google, shows the end section of the loop.
The bridge was built to withstand 150 mph (240 km/h) wind gusts and river water speeds of 9 mph (14 km/h). As you cross the bridge you can see the many freighter that have crossed under the high span and are making the long trek up the Columbia River to Portland, Oregon.
Since most of the northern portion of the bridge is over shallow, non-navigable water, it is low to the water.
Near the end of the bridge we crossed into Washington and made the short drive into Long Beach for the night.
And the best part of the day … I received a text from our oldest son wishing me Happy Mother’s Day 🙂 If you are confused don’t worry, so was I, but it is Mother’s Day in London, England and that is were he is working for the next week … and honestly I will take two Mother’s Day in 2018!
Until next time …