On Monday, October 14, 2013, we crossed the river through Wenatchee history upon Washington State Route 285.
A state highway to be known as state route number 285 is established as follows:
Beginning at a junction with state route number 28 in East Wenatchee, thence westerly across the Columbia river and northwesterly to a junction with state route number 2 in Wenatchee.
At a left exit in East Wenatchee, SR 285 departs SR 28.
We headed across the blue Columbia River on the George Sellar Bridge, built in 1950. Once upon a time, this bridge used to be part of US 2, before a new bridge over the Columbia River was built north of town in 1975. After landing on the west side, Highway 285 turns right into the nice part of Wenatchee. Old town. Purple buildings. Brick buildings. The current highway is actually a block west of the street US 2 used to be on, in the time before. We stopped briefly at the new Pybus Market, but there’s not much there but restaurants and non-cheap fruit. A couple blocks later, we arrived at the halfway point of the highway.
Soon thereafter, Highway 285 enters the land of automobile-oriented commercial development, aka strip malls and fast food. We crossed the Wenatchee River and our road shortly became US 2 and US 97 heading west and south, aka west-northwest.
Our wheels were pointing toward Seattle so it was time to head home.