Author's note: Map, courtesy of
I - 5
CROSSING THE COLUMBIA RIVER
The Columbia River forms the territorial border between the states of Washington and Oregon.
COLUMBIA RIVER BRIDGE
After driving South, for three hours, from Seattle, on straight, boring, freeway, it is always a pleasure, and a bit of a challenge if there is other traffic, to take the curves and lane changes, maintaining the speed limit, with a 53' trailer, over the bridges, through Portland.
I LOVE DRIVING THIS STRETCH AT NIGHT
THE CITY LIGHTS REFLECT UPON THE WATERS
26 EAST 99E
The Willamette River empties into the Columbia just West of Portland.
The I-5 follows, an almost parallel path, along the Willamette, to its headwaters, Southeast of Eugene.
EXIT 80 GLENDALE
SEXTON MT. PASS
ELEVATION 4310 Ft.
HIGHEST POINT ON THE 1 5
OLD HWY. 99 OVERPASS
During the early part of 2005 I was driving truck for a company called `Mexico Trading' which is a subsidiary of `Tropimex'. Both companies are situated in Richmond, B C.Canada.
I drove an International conventional pulling 53 Ft. reefers to towns in Texas. Some of the products I hauled; meat, soap, etc. were destined for Texas but most were bound for Mexico.
Returning to Canada I carried some American products that I picked up in towns in Texas but most loads were products of Mexico; watermelons, avocados, etc, that I picked up from customs agents in border towns such as Laredo, Texas.
These are some of the pictures I took, through the windshield, along the route.
APPROACHING THE WEIGH SCALE NORTH OF THE BLUE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT
LOOKING DOWN ON THE TRAFFIC GOING UP
THE BRIDGE OVER THE COLUMBIA RIVER
CATTLE ON THE OVERPASS
MOVING TO GREENER PASTURES
A LARGE TRUCK SALES, IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
CLARK LANE, OFF BARNHART RD.
NEXT 3 EXITS
APPROACHING THE WEIGH SCALE
NORTH OF THE BLUE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT
NOTICE THE SNOW FENCE ON THE RIGHT
TO KEEP SNOW FROM DRIFTING ONTO THE HIGHWAY
MORE COMMON IN PRAIRIE PROVINCES, OR STATES
GRANDE RONDE RIVER
APPROACHING BAKER CITY
ASH GROVE CEMENT CO. - DURKEE PLANT
A PLANT THAT PRODUCES CEMENT
FROM THE LIMESTONE IN THE CLIFFS
RAILWAY TUNNELS, OLD AND NEW.
Busy yapping to my friends on the cell phone I failed to notice that I had taken the wrong turn.
I followed the river for many miles before I realized my mistake.
I then had to follow the river for many more miles before I could find a place to turn around.
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