Shroomerは疲れていて、Going-the-Sun roadをあきらめた。Two Medicineでみんなに別れた後、East Glacierの食料品店によって、昼食を購入した。Shroomerはニンジンとリンゴなど、私は野菜サラダの袋とリンゴ。アメリカの出来合いのサラダは味が濃くて食べづらい。単なるサラダ野菜の袋詰めを愛用した。パンの代わりにミックスチップ。もう、自分のパンは食べたくなかったので、すべてTrail Hackerにあげた。その後、少しドライブして、広い駐車場で休憩。テントを干して昼食とした。Marias Pass という所。ルーズベルト大統領の記念碑が建っていた。モリソンという人がこの辺りの土地を寄付したようだ。昼食と休憩を1時間ほどして、ドライブを続けた。West Glacierを通過。南に向かい、Kalispellを過ぎすると、大きな湖が現れた。Flathead Lakeという。平らな頭のインディアンの看板があった。自分の頭蓋骨を扁平に加工していたFlathead Indianの居留地だそうだ。徐々に乾燥気候帯に変わっていく。Missoulaからインターステイツ90に出て、西へ向かう。薄暗くなったのでLoeur d'Aleneで安いモーテル6を尋ねるが満員。代わりに紹介して貰ったSilver Lake Motelへ。まずまずのモーテル。紹介してもらった中華料理店はビュッフェで、安くて美味しかった。
Shroomer was very tired, and gave up to drive Going-the-Sun road. After separating to all at Two Medicine, we purchased lunch at the grocery store of East Glacier. Shroomer bought many carrots and apples, and I bought a bag of vegetable salad and an apple. I disliked ready-made salad at U.S.A, because it was intensely flavored, and it was hard to eat for me. I prefer a packed vegetables for salad regularly. I also bought mix chip pack, instead of bread. Since I did not want to eat my bread, I have already give all to Trailhacker. Then, We drove several minutes and rest in a large parking lot. We spread and dried our tents. And we took lunch. The place was called Marias Pass. There was a tall monument of President Roosevelt. Morrison gave this neighborhood land to the government. We rest here for about 1 hour, and continued the drive. We passed West Glacier. We turned toward south at Kalispell, and drove forward, the big lake appeared. It was Flathead Lake. There was a signboard of the Indian of the flat head. It was also a settlement of Flathead Indian whose skull made flat. Gradually, it became dry climate. We joined Interstate 90 at Missoula, and drove to the west. Since it became gloomy, We visited the cheap motel 6 at Loeur d'Alene, but They had no vacancy room. We asked other motel, and got a room of Silver Lake Motel. It was a standard motel. We went to the buffet of Chinese restaurant which was introduced by the staff. It was cheap and delicious.
The breakfast of a motel was an ordinary level. Sweet bread, sweet yogurt, sweet serial, waffle, and coffee. Shroomer ate his own meal. We started to drive at 8:40. Today, we had to go to Boring where the Dinsmores were. We drove the highway very fast to the west, and arrived at Ellensberg at noon. There was a supermarket, I bought a pack of salad and apples for lunch. Shroomer bought a roasted chicken, ready made salad, vegetables, etc. He gave me chicken a little. He wanted to be a trail angel, and said that he would bring the souvenir to Dinsmore. Therefore, I joined to his intention. Since he experienced thru-hikes, he said that a through hiker understood well what they wanted. Then, he bought three roasted chicken, fried potato, several pack of ready made salad, and one dozen of apples, and one dozen of canned cheap beer. In short, thru-hikers were very hungry for vegetables, fruit, and beer, indifferent for the quality. When we arrived at Stevens Pass, Shroomer said that he wanted to pick up hikers. We drove to the north side of the pass, no hiker found, then drove to the south side, no hiker found. We gave up to find hikers and returned to the pass, then 3 hikers appeared. They said they were going to the restaurant, but Shroomer said that we had lots of food, did not need to go to restaurant. Therefore, he get customers, gave a ride to them, talked a lot, and drove to the Dinsmore's Hikerhaven in about 30 minutes. The room was enough for around ten persons, because there were large bunk beds. I talked pleasantly for a while, but I did not like male. Fortunately, there was a woman who had cross the U.S. continent by bicycle, I practice English conversation for a while. Since there are many people, I did not want to sleep here. I wanted to pitch my tent in the garden, but Ms.Dinsmore said I could use the small summerhouse in the middle of the yard and there were electricity and water. I decided to stay calmly there, because I wanted to sleep alone. I catched the WiFi, but got no connection, and could not make a telephone call, either. I send my message by DeLorme. Shroomer was very glad to get full customers. He went out for buying pizza all together. I ate bread a little and slept for a while, They came back after about 1 hours absent. I was called back by Shroomer, Therefore, I participated in the pleasant talk again unavoidably. Around 9:00, I returned to the small summerhouse in the yard.
朝食は９時近くに、郵便局の隣のレストランでDinsmoreさんとハイカーたちと一緒に食べた。となりにおしゃべりなおじいさんがいたので、英会話のレッスンがたくさん受けられた。ちなみに、朝食は念願のパンケーキ。これはアメリカの朝食らしい。パンケーキは朝だけで、昼や夜は食べない。理由は分からないが、ともかく食べないそうだ。予定を聞くと、Shroomerはハイカーを一人送ってからSeattleに行くという。Stevens Passまで来ると、ハイカーはここではないという。出発するのではなく、Skykomishの図書館で一日過ごすのだそうだ。そこで引き返し、彼を図書館前で下ろし、11:00頃、Seattleに向かった。ShroomerはSeattleにexofficioの店があり、特売しているという。ところがどうしても店が見つからない。一方通行なので、車で探すのも大変だ。電話で聞くと、移転したという。やっと店を見つける。安かったのでブリーフを二つ買った。その後、REIに行く。Seattleでは一番有名な所だそうだ。OspreyのVolt 75というバックパックのフィット感が非常によい。思い切って買ってしまった。日本に帰ってみると、なぜか輸入されていないモデルだった。その後、インターステート5号を南下。ところが、結構、混んでいて、おまけに事故が起こったらしく、渋滞が続く。ShroomerはPoorman's Hotelが非常に面白いと予約を入れたのだが、とてもVancouverには辿り着けない。小さな町でモーテル6の看板を見たので、立ち寄ると空いていた。遅いので、宿泊することに決定。たった45ドル。Centraliaという町だった。Panda Innという中華料理店。残念ながらビュフェではなかった。注文をShroomerに任せると、食べきれないほどの量になり、doggy bag で2パック持ち帰った。モーテル6は50ドル以下で泊まれる安宿。冷蔵庫、TVなどの設備はなく、朝食はない。冷蔵庫がないので、doggy bagを濡れたタオルて包んでおいた。
Washington State ... 緑が多いため、別名はEver Green Stateという。
We ate breakfast together with Mr. and Ms. Dinsmore and the several hikers at the restaurant of the next door of the post office at 9:00. Since there was a talkative old man nearby, I got many lessons of English conversation. Incidentally, the breakfast was my favorite pancake. The pancake is an American breakfast and eaten only in the morning, and never in daytime or night. The reason is unknown, but I love pancake and want to eat at any time. I asked Shroomer about the today's schedule, he said we would drive to Seattle after sending one hiker. We drove to Stevens Pass with a hiker, he said that it was not here. He said that he did leave today but wanted to stay 1 day at the library of Skykomish. Then, we returned, got him off the car in front of the library, and arrived Seattle at 11:00. Shroomer said that there was an exofficio store in Seattle and now on sale. However, we could not find the store. It was also hard to search by car, since it was one-way traffic. Shroomer said it might be moved. He mad a telephone call and got it. We found the store at last. I bought two briefs, because they were very cheap. Then, we went to REI. It was said that it was the most famous place in Seattle. I found Osprey's new backpack Volt 75 was good feeling of fit, and bought it instantly. When I returned to Japan, I found this model was not imported in Japan. Now, we drove the Interstate 5 to the south. However, it was very crowded, seemingly the accident happened, and the traffic jam continued. Shroomer said that the Poorman's Hotel in Vancouver was very interesting and he reserved by phone, but the arrival was very difficult. We saw a signboard of the motel 6 in a small town, and found a vacant room, therefore, we decided to stay here, because its rate was only 45 dollars. It was a town called Centralia. We drove to a Chinese restaurant called Panda Inn. Regrettably, it was not a buffet. I let Shroomer order, then we got too much food to eat up. We brought 2 doggy bags back to the motel. The motel 6 was a cheap hotel, its rate was 50 dollars or less. There was no refrigerator, TV, etc. I wrapped the doggy bags by wet towel.
Washington State ... was called Ever Green State, because there are lots of greens.
モーテル6に朝食はなかったが、コーヒーは旨かったので部屋で飲む。8時すぎに出発、9時頃、Kalamaを通過。港があり、木材を日本に輸出しているという。9:50 Portland通過。 Eugene通過。所々に池があり、鴨がいる。EugeneにはUniversity of Oregonがあり、声援するときは"go duck!"という。ちなみにカリフォルニアのBerkeleyは"go bear!"。昔、たくさん熊が住んでいたようだ。乗用車を牽引している車と出会った。たしか"flat tire"と書いてあったと思う。英語ではパンクをHe got a flat tireというそうだ。昼頃、rest areaで昼食。私は野菜サラダと中華料理の残りを少し食べただけ。さすがにShroomerは中華料理の残り物を大部分平らげた。15時頃、Rogue River通過。この辺りはカヤックでの川下りで有名。オレゴンの南、カリフォルニアの北はState of Jeffersonと言い、他の州から独立したいらしい。Jefferson Radioというラジオ局もあった。15:40 Ashland到着。ドイツ文字がある町。シェイクスピア劇場で有名。Lithia Parkを見学。Shroomerが若い時にstealth campをしたという。Shroomerは奥さんに土産物を買うと言い、ネックレスを探した。私は既に買ってあるし、趣味に合わないので、止めた。1時間ばかりAshlandで過ごした。Shroomerは、この先、美味しい夕食にありつけるとは限らないと言い、早めの夕食にした。中心街を少し外れた場所。Omar's Fresh Seafood &Steaksという場所、New Yorkスタイルのステーキを食べたが、ここは最高に美味しかった。26ドル、地元産、トウモロコシで育てた牛。19:00頃、Yrekaにモーテル6があったので宿泊決定。
There was no breakfast in the motel 6, but the coffee was nice. I drank in the room, and ate our breakfast. We started to drive at around 8:00, and passed Kalama at 9:00. Shroomer explained that there was the harbor exporting wood to Japan. We passed Portland at 9:50. There were several ponds in which ducks were near Eugene. Shroomer explained that "Go duck" was used at the University of Oregon in Eugene when students cheered. Incidentally, "Go bear! " was used at the University of Berkeley in California. I thought that a lot of bears had lived in California a long time ago. I saw a large camping car which was towing the small car. There was a sign written "Flat Tire". Shroomer said that American said "He got a flat tire" when tire trouble happened. At the noon, we stopped at the rest area for lunch. I only ate a little remainder of vegetable salad and Chinese food. Shroomer ate up a great portion of leftovers of Chinese food. We passed Rogue River around 15:00. This neighborhood was famous for rafting in a kayak. The south in Oregon, and the north in California was called as State of Jefferson. They wanted to be independent from other states. There was also a radio station called Jefferson Radio. We arrived Ashland at 15:40. The used letters were German. Ashland was famous for Shakespeare. We saw Lithia Park, where Shroomer had carried out stealth camp when he was young. Shroomer needed to buy souvenir for his wife, and looked for necklaces. I had already bought souvenir for my wife, and the taste of necklace did not fit for my wife. I did not buy anything, except the book on the Jefferson State. We stayed in Ashland about 1 hour. Shroomer said that we were not sure to get a delicious dinner in further place, therefore I decided to took early dinner. We departed from the center of town, entered the restaurant called Omar's Fresh Seafood & Steaks. We ordered New York style steak. It was most delicious steak. It costed only 26 dollars. The cow was bred by corn. We found the motel 6 in Yreka at 19:00.
朝食は自分のパン、ヨーグルト、マンゴーとモーテル6のコーヒー。8:30頃出発。Mt.Shastaが見えてきた。rest area近くで車を止めて撮影。その後、山岳地帯に入り、Shasta Lakeを経て、Redding。この時英語の勉強。通りを意味するたくさんの言葉があった。Shroomer によると、Street ....city, townの時、Road ... anywhere、Drive ... anywhere、Avenue ... city、Lane ... country roadとのこと。厳密な使い分けはないようだ。平野が続き、San Franciscoが近づくと、アーモンド、オリーブ、ウォルナットなどの大規模農園が広がった。そして、枯れ草が広がる丘(Golden Hill)が見えると、Shroomerは家が近づいたという。 14:00過ぎ、Shroomerの自宅到着。Shroomerは早速、奥さんからの指令で灯籠を動かし、池のポンプの点検と修理をしていた。こちらも日本に帰れば、山のような仕事が待っているので、特に手伝わなかった。その後、Shroomerは素晴らしい夕食を作ってくれた。次の日はConcordのREIに抜けだし、中華料理のビュッフェをしこたま食べたが、奥さんのKatieから指令が来て、人の重さほどの植物の植わった鉢を3つ持ち帰る仕事をした。その次の日はお別れする人のパーティーの準備で片付けの仕事をした。残念ながら、我々の自由で、素晴らしい日々は終わった。
We ate our own meal. I ate my bread, yogurt, mango, an coffee of the motel 6. We left at the 8:30. Mt.Shasta was appeared. We stopped for a while and took photos near rest area. Then, we went into a mountain range. We passed through Shasta Lake, and Redding. The study of English began. I found that there were many words meaning a passage. According to Shroomer, street was used for town and city road, road was used in anywhere, avenue was used for city road, drive was also used in anywhere, Lane was used for country road, etc. There might be no strict rule. When we arrive the the plain continued to San Francisco, the large-scale plantations, such as almond, olive, and walnut field spread all over. When the hill (Golden Hill) covered by dry grass appeared, Shroomer said my home approached. We returned his home at 14:00. Shroomer was ordered to moved the heavy stone lantern by his wife, and also checked and repaired of the pump of a pond. I did not help him, since huge amount of work arranged by my wife was waiting for me when returning to Japan. Of course, Shroomer made the wonderful dinner for all. I am very satisfied. Next day, we escaped to REI in Concord, and we ate plenty of food at the Chinese buffet. But, his wife's order was send by the phone, we had to carry three huge heavy bowls with the plants. It was a very hard work. The next day we worked for clearing up garden and room for the preparation of the party of those, who leaved here. I felt our freedom and wonderful days was over.