Ocean to Ocean in a T

The Centennial of the 1909 Ocean to Ocean Endurance Contest

We made it to Snoqualmie Pass. We have all been CELEBRATING tonight getting this far. The King
County DOT and the Kittitas Historical Society joined forces and gave us a great time tonight and in fact all day there have been celebrations for us in Ellensburg and Cle Elum before we even reached Snoqualmie. They are treating us so specially - almost like heroes! This morning we left Yakima with the help of a local guide. We traveled through Selah and up the Canyon Road. It was a very scenic drive through the canyon and up the river. We entered Ellensburg and without knowing where to meet, we
finally stopped at a cafe downtown near the Ford agency. While we were in the cafe for a bite to eat, we were met by an hysterical woman who informed us that we should be 4miles out of town waiting to gather for the parade!!! So - we returned to the gathering point and waited another half hour for the start of the parade into Ellensburg. We were well received by the local people who were particularly happy to
see a Washington Model T. The train station and the park was our destination, where they served us a boxed lunch and they congratulated us all on our achievement of crossing the country in a Model T. The lunch was provided by the Ford dealership of Ellensburg - the secnd oldest in the State of Washington.
After lunch there were some games for us all and then we were escorted out of town via the old highway through Thorp to Cle Elum. We drove through a narrow valley with trees on either side, with a beautiful clear river, the kind Washington mountain streams are made of. In the background we could see the rugged snow capped peaks of the Stuart Range of the Cascade Mountains. When we arrived in Cle Elum, there was iced tea and cookies waiting for us. We stayed there for about an hour and then were again escorted out of town via back roads heading for the summit of Snoqualmie Pass. The Parks
Service opened up a section of the John Wayne Horse Trail from an abandoned railroad grade for us to stay clear of the freeway. We went through the back roads through Easton where we had to enter the freeway. After about 4 miles most of the group left the freeway and proceeded on the old road to the summit of Snoqualmie Pass - a narrow, rugged gravel road. We, on the other hand missed turning off and continued to the summit and our hotel - the Summit Lodge. Of course, we were the first to arrive from the day's run and the Seattle Times took our picture!!
Ken and Merilee Sturman, members of our local Model T Club from Port Orchard were waiting to greet us - what a lovely surprise! Gloria and Charlie Ostlund were also there to greet us - another lovely surprise! Later Steve and Diane Tomasso arrived - we felt we had come home.
Dinner was served to the accompaniment of about a 15 member band and vocalist, singing and playing old time music. We were welcomed by King County and Kittitas Historical Society and speeches were made, making it feel like this was the final banquet. It was a bitter sweet feeling. What a great day!

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Comment by Gary and Kathleen Ebbert on July 10, 2009 at 11:01am
So glad you are enjoying our blogs.
Comment by Jeanne M Riggs on July 10, 2009 at 10:42am
Sounds like a dream!

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