Last spring we sat with my parents in a Seattle Hospital room where my Dad was seeing doctors about upcoming cancer treatment. During our visit we told them about ideas for our first big 4000 mile trip through 5 western states. They listened with such painful looks on their faces when Mom finally said, only as Mom's can, "What if something happens"? We looked at at each other and responded "We hope something does". This is a running log of our adventures.
Our Motorbike Travel Log.
BELOW SEA LEVEL - Death Valley, Ca 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Our Last ride in the Wonderful Pacific NW. A.K.A. "upper left hand corner"
About 150 miles each way from Tacoma via I-5 and the Spirit Lake Highway to the Johnston Ridge and Johnston Ridge Observatory and visitors center. The ride on I-5 was a drap but once we exited near Toledo it was great.
Park fees are $8 per person unless you have a National park Pass of some sort.
There are 2 visitors centers for the Mountain. This one from I-5 and another just east of here called windy ridge. I don't think the windy ridge site has much more than a ranger and potties but I understand it's a favorite for bikers. The two locations do not have a joining road.
Some really great pulloff's along the way. This one was about 2 miles below the Observatory.
North Fork of the Toutle River. This site was destroyed by the blast and is now a great spot for some fall salmon fishing. My friends from Church and I hit this spot 2 or 3 times a year and haul some nice Kings out of here.
What a great year for us and the trips have been amaizing. We will miss the "Upper Left Hand Corner" and now head to the "Lower Right Hand Corner" for some sunnier rides and all new adventures. We will be off line for a while but will post more trips of Florida and points north as soon as we get out.
Next Ride is the Coast to Coast on Nov 11th. Tampa to Daytona.
Plans for a KeyWest to Maine ride in the spring. More on that as we plan.