I do remember following a truck up a long steep hill and not getting over 30 mph. Once you get over the mountain range, it flattens out into these beautiful geological formations with stops all along the way to check it out. I just kept going.
Once I finally got past him, the snow covered Cascade mountains came into view, so I knew I was getting close. It's a good thing, since my voice was gone from hollering to Jonathan. This was a long trip for him, meaning he was tired, nervous and talking up a storm.
I debated whether to follow S. Century Road the entire way, or take a shortcut. Century won, as I came to the familiar landmark ... my favorite ... round-de-rounds. Hang on Jonathan!!! Gosh I hate these things. I was sure I needed to take the third exit going south. Funny thing, when I got around, there WAS no third exit. Well RATS!! I went around again, trying to look at my phone map and not run anyone over.
At one point, I thought I might just make another round to freak out the other drivers ... it was rather scenic. Eventually I took the second exit, which means I went straight, and finally arrived at Thousand Trails.