Da Mystery Road Trip Revealed, Part Four

I had a couple of people say they really liked the maps I’ve been providing, so I thought I’d show where we’ve been so far. We’ve come so many miles that I can’t make it closer though. On this map, it doesn’t look very far!


We’d passed the main part of the downgrade though we were still going downhill. We had no idea what was up ahead of us, and we were in for a wonderful surprise.

As I’ve said, I loved stopping at Historic Landmarks whenever we could. This next one had a sign, but rather than being right on the highway, this one had a short gravel road leading to it, and I had to brake quickly in order to avoid careening into it! Well, maybe had one small kine careen but not too bad. Imagine our delight when we came to this bridge!

Chief Temuut'su Bridge

It’s called Chief Timothy Bridge, but I prefer to call him by his given name, Temuut’su, of the Nez Perce tribe.

Here’s where it is in relation to the downgrade:


I just love reading stuff like this, knowing the kinds of things that happened long before highways dissected the land. I’m glad they had a photo of Temuut’su on the sign.

Chief Temuu't'su Bridge

Chief Temuut'su Bridge sign

I snapped Nolemana’s photo as he walked on the bridge.


Here’s the brass plate honoring Chief Temuut’su.


I loved this bridge! I would’ve liked to spend a lot more time here, but it was really getting dark.

Chief Temuu't'se Bridge


Back on the road again, we were travelling along the Wawawai River. Almost sounds Hawaiian, yeah?


Dark was coming fast; I was disappointed that we hadn’t been able to start our earlier because I knew that darkness would prevent us from seeing everything I’d hoped to see.

Along the Wawawai River, makai of Lewiston

It was still light enough to be able to see… barely!


We were still driving along the river on Highway 12, the Inland Empire Highway.

Along the Wawawai River, milepost 432

But ho da dark now! This was about milepost 432.

Wawawai River

We’d left Chief Temuut’su Bridge at 6:25 and it was now just 6:34!

At 6:38, we crossed another state line! And now we change to Mountain Time.


This is where we crossed. Makai is Clarkston (for William Clark) and Mauka is Lewiston (for Meriwether Lewis). Makai is Washington, and Mauka is Idaho. Maybe in the middle of the bridge it’s Clarlewston? Heh heh.


Driving up the hill from Lewiston, if it hadn’t been so dark, we would’ve been able to see this wonderful view.


K’den. Now we’re in Idaho! Felt kinda good to be in the state where we used to live. Any ideas where we go next? North? East? West? South?

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7 Responses to Da Mystery Road Trip Revealed, Part Four

  1. Clare says:

    Woohoo Idaho! Love da bridge. (Bridges are one of my favs.)

  2. Kim says:

    I love the progression of the twilight that you’ve caught in these pix. That bridge… very pretty. It looks like the bridge going into oldtown Haleiwa, a little bit.

  3. Lika says:

    I know some Nez Perce’s ~ they have nice hair. LOL I’ve been to Pocatello, ID where we were the only “ethnic” peoples in Applebees and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with that picture, people were looking at us like we were on the wrong side of town. Get over it. LOL

  4. Kikue Mugen says:

    That is one drawback when having to make time when traveling which is having to travel in darkness. I love driving at night when we travel because there is always less traffic and, well, because I’m an owl as opposed to being a lark. That works out fine when I travel with my ohana because I take the night driving and hubby will drive during the day. We make really good time not having to stop much that way. LOL

    That bridge, btw is so very interesting. Sightseeing becomes soul-seeing at times when something like that bridge is found on our journeys. There is sort of a ‘connection’ when we are able to ‘tap on’ to its ‘wabi sabi’ness, isn’t there? I really think it is a spiritual thing of feeling what has gone before us and how we are experiencing it in the present. It all seems to get tied together once we learn about the history and appreciate it in the present time.

    Okay, I’m just along for the ride so I have no idea in which direction you’re headed to from this point. I’m enjoying this! 🙂

  5. Ha!!! I was RIGHT!!!!!
    (iz der a prize?)

  6. AFK says:

    I love the topographical aspects of da Google earth map you’ve been using – gives me a much better sense of the landscape. And I’m so glad that you’re not the “fastest-way-between-point-A-and-point-B” kind of traveler – I love that you’re a curious traveler who wants to learn – and we get to learn with you. Mahaloz!

  7. AlisonH says:

    I’m surprised there was a photo of him: I know that among the Navajo tribe, at least, traditionally, one never let a likeness be made, because then part of your spirit would be enslaved in that photo forever, never able to find rest. That said, still, I too am glad to be able to see it.

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