I finally caught up on some sleep with the help of beer, a good shower and a soft bed. We left the motel around 10am and took a quick drive through down town Coeur D’Alene, before getting back on the freeway for the long stretch home.
I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry at the next part, which involved me getting a ticket for doing 73 in a 60 zone. I’m accepting of the ticket but it does seem a little ludicrous after rolling up behind a cop doing 120 in Montana, freaking for going a little too fast and then watching as the cop pulled off to the side and headed in the opposite direction; I guess they don’t bother about speed on a straight road in Montana. It did seem like the Spokane crew were out to garner as many infractions as possible, with a few other people pulled over at the same time. $132 later and a note on my driving record still seems a little too much but as I said, I fully accept responsibility for going too fast. Judging by the cars they were pulling over, they must have been raking in at least $1k an hour for similar infractions.
With no other problems on the way back, it was a straight shoot (refreshment stop at Ellensburg) to get back in Seattle for late afternoon. After covering almost 3000 miles this trip, I’d say the last 200+ from Spokane were the most boring and slowest (relatively speaking) and I’m glad I don’t make that trip too often.