The valleys are rather deep in places with running water everywhere. This is my first misty picture (that I can remember). In a way I was relieved that we didn't have that much driving left to do. The mist and the mountain passes (combined with the Schumacher truck drivers) made this leg of the journey a bit slower than anticipated (compared to the rest of it).
This is something that I really liked. These are truck rest stops. Some are designed with a spot for cars too. I loved the neat way that it is kept. It looks pretty and inviting. It looks cared for. It is also a safe place away from the road and I don't remember seeing one of these with just one truck in it; usually at least five to ten.
Nowadays it is not something you want to be doing anymore. Besides, there are now all the one stop garage/restaurant/restrooms along the major routes instead.
I found these toll gates rather entertaining - especially if you're using coins. Instead of a window with a person taking your money there is a funnel shaped basket attached to the side of the booth. So what you do is drive up, toss the coins in the basket, the machine counts it, and if it's satisfied that the amount is correct, the boom lifts and allows you to drive through.
Before I end off for today though, just an interesting note on the bridge up ahead... For quite a long time that bridge was famous because people would commit suicide by hurling themselves off it. Someone that Garett knew used to own a store just next to it and the bodies used to land in his parking lot... Eeeuw! Imagine that. Then, on the other hand... how tragic is that? To his knowledge not one of the jumpers have ever survived the fall. I'm not sure if that is ending this post on a high or a low...