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Well, I just got back from a wonderful 800 mile journey, just me and My BMW. Left here after work Monday, got on the road about 1:30pm. Headed west on 2 and hit a gnarly thunderstorm, complete with rain and wind. Glad I had that $25 rainsuit, with that on the rain didn’t bother me a bit. Bike does well in the wind, too, much to my surprise. All was smooth sailing to Twisp, from that point, spent the night there and headed on to Bellingham in the morning. Beautiful but cold through the mountains. Spent the night in Bellingham, then headed south to Seattle, via Whidbey Island. Took the ferry from Clinton to Mukilteo, much to my surprise bikes get on first and get off first :-D Sweet! Hit I-5 rush hour, wasn’t as bad as I expected and I discovered I’d rather do rush hour on a bike than in a cage. Go figure. I HATE the road surface though… every lane has this groove running down the center just about the width of a bike tire. The other grooves in the pavement felt a little oogey but I got used to those pretty quickly. I also discovered that grated bridges feel really oogey, but again the bike will go where it’s told to go. Spent the night in Seattle, slept in, left about 1pm on I-90 ‘til I could head north on 97. That was my least favorite part of the trip, the time I spent on I-90. Road surfaces sucked, and I just didn’t enjoy. Give me those nice 2 lane roads, please :-D Got in about 8pm after a nice leisurely meander, tired but happy. Bike ran well, my total fuel expenditure was $49.54, 12 gallons. So the math works out to an overall average of 65 mpg. No complaints about that!


There’s some pics up on my PhotoBucket account, here. For some reason, though, they uploaded in reverse order of how they were taken. So the slideshow will be the trip backwards, LOL! Bike Trip July 2011 pictures by AuntieMayhem - Photobucket


Lots of lessons learned, a few technical errors along the way, but no dropped bike so no harm, no foul ;) Had no issues with any cages, and most every bike that went by, they waved. Ate great food… baked salmon, calamari, French onion soup, trout amandine, yakisoba… of course not all at the same meal! Didn’t quite earn an iron butt, but getting there… 7 hours on the bike today with a couple fuel stops and a couple photo stops… not so shabby :-D
 

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Welcome back. Glad to hear you had a great trip. Wow……Those are some incredible photos. You just can’t beat the great northwest!!!
 

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Very nice - looks like an amazing trip
 

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WOW! Glad it turned out so good for you! The pics are awesome, love the new Sig pic too!
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Kathy, really great pictures. You have the eye for capturing the view..Thanks so much.
 

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Wow Kathy, sounds like a great trip. And I like your signature photo too.
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One has a tendency to sqeeze the bike a little tighter on them danged grooved highways around Seattle, don't they?? Ha!! Glad you had a great trip. Looking forward to hearing about your lessons learned. If you ever do it again, take the ferr to Kingston and swing south past Bremerton and Port Orchard and cross the Narrows Bridge. As good as you ride, that's probably an experience you'll enjoy though the highway from Tacoma to Seattle is just as bad if not worse than the ride from Everette down. Great pics!!!
 

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That is a nice camera, but having a good camera doesn't mean you can take good photos. (Like having a guitar doesn't make you a musician)!
You take nice photos.
Dan
 

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Awesome photos, Kathy. If you're not a professional photographer, you have a great eye for compositon. Helluva a ride. Glad you had a great time with no probs.
 

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Beautiful pics! Glad you had a good time. :)
 

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Thanks for the pics and trip info. Glad you had a safe trip. Those are great pics! For those who haven't tried it yet, motorcycle touring can be loads of fun!
 

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great pics


that fence post pic is super
 
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