Motorcycle Road Trip 2011 – Days 4 and 5

Photo of downtown Seattle with Puget Sound and Mount Baker in the background

Seattle with Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier in the Background

Four days into my motorcycle road trip, and I had two days of rest and relaxation. It was a relatively quiet weekend. My friends took me on some sight-seeing tours. We visited downtown Seattle, and went to the Public Market. The weather was nice and sunny, which isn’t often the case in Seattle. The sky was so clear we could actually see Mount Rainier from the city.

The public market is an interesting place. Lots of little shops and vendors selling everything from fresh vegetables and fish, to clothing and typical tourist trinkets. We had a very nice lunch at the Pink Door with their outdoor patio overlooking Puget Sound.

The next day we roamed around Kirkland, Washington. We had a very good lunch at the Olive-You Restaurant, including a couple of Mojitos. After lunch we walked to the Kirkland harbor. Kirkland has a nice little harbor. We watched some people paddle boarding. It looked interesting, but I think that I’d rather be riding my motorcycle than paddling a surf board around in the water.

Tomorrow I’m riding to Kelowna, British Columbia in Canada to visit an old friend from High School. Since day 1 and 2 of my riding adventure ended up as very long days, I decided to get some feedback on my planned route. I was planning to take Highway 20 east to the Okanogan, then north on Highway 97 crossing the Canadian border at Osoyoos, then continuing on to Kelowna, BC. This is supposed to be a very scenic ride through the Rockies. We compared this route with another taking Highway 2 to Highway 97, and a third completely different route crossing the border at Abbotsford, BC. Our best estimate is that Abbotsford is the shortest route. It would also be the fastest route, since I would be traveling north on Highway 5 superslab before heading east on some smaller country roads to Abbotsford. However, it appears like even this shortest route through Abbotsford won’t get me to Kelowna until about 5:00 pm tomorrow. That means either of the two longer routes would result in another very long day of riding. So, I’m going to be off plan again tomorrow. Abbotsford, here I come.

Here are some pictures from my weekend in Seattle. Check them out.


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Motorcycle Road Trip 2011 – Days 2 and 3

Motorcycle Road Trip 2011 – Day 6

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  1. Steve Marzocco says:

    Great stuff and especially your taking the time documenting it all so nicely! This said, I’ve a small but material correction for you.  No sense in getting others any more confused than they might otherwise find themselves, on visiting Seattle, right?!  🙂

    You’re actually seeing what Seattlites refer to as “the Mountain is out,” when we can see Mt. Rainier.   One can tell this is the case, as your picture is facing south along the viaduct as we call fhe waterfront raised highway, with the waterfront itself to the right, or west.  The tops of both Quest now Centurylink field as well as Safeco baseball field with the moving roof, can also be seen.  If you were a bit higher up on taking that picture, you could also likely see’s headquarters, too, for what that’s worth.  Yes, I know, billions of dollars to Jeff B, of course; it’s worth…

    Mt. Baker is well north to north east from Seattle and the hills at the eastern edge of the city, before you get to Lake Washington, typically block any ability to see Mt. Baker, at least from downtown Seattle.  Sometimes on very clear days when going east on the 520 bridge over Lake Washington, you can make out both Glacier Peak and just barely, north of that, also Mt. Baker.  The line of sight distance is about 80 miles from Seattle to Baker and closer to just 60 miles line of sight, for Rainier.  Given Mt. Rainier’s substantially greater bulk, the viewing of the two in comparison to one another, certainly from Seattle, drives home why Mt. Rainier is referred to when we can see it, as “The Mountain is out today.”

    Incidentally, the viaduct has been declared a danger in event of a significant quake, expecting to pancake like the Nimitz Freeway in SF. So it won’t be around much longer. Meanwhile, Seattle’s and the State’s current leaders have managed to sell the voters here, that we should be confident they can do better than Boston, in their infamous Big Dig, with our own version of a Deep Bore Tunnel. We will see, but I digress…

    Here is some quick read info from a Mountaineering website:

    Sent from my iPad

    • Steve,

      Thanks for the correction. Although I’ve tried my best to document my trip, I rarely had pen and paper with me to write stuff down. Also, I was usually too tired at the end of each day to document things while they were fresh in my memory. It was often days, if not weeks, before I got around to writing stuff down. I’m not surprised that I’ve made a few mistakes along the way.



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