On Sunday, June 15, 2008, we drove the length of Washington State Route 10, from somewhere between Cle Elum and Thorp all the way to somewhere between Thorp and Ellensburg. And then we drove back to Thorp, but that's a different story.
State route No. 10:
A state highway to be known as state route number 10 is established as follows:
Beginning at a junction with state route number 970 at Teanaway junction thence easterly to a junction with state route number 97 west of Ellensburg.
Once upon a time, US 97 came to a T at US 10 at this spot. 10 used to go east-west through here, while 97 went northward. Now, SR 970 is continuous on a curve to the west and north, while 10 gets the T. Is that fair?
SR 10 doesn't have any junctions in its length, so I stopped halfway for a shot. This is in the Yakima River canyon below Thorp Prairie, just east of Swauk Creek. Two railroads weave through the canyon down below, with the river. It's a scenic stretch of highway, for sure.
And just a few miles later, we hit the new junction with US 97, on the western outskirts of Ellensburg. The canyon is over and we're out on the Kittitas plains.
All that's left of US 10 in Washington State was that short but sweet 16 miles, down the "quiet side" of the river.