Ride Report: July 4th, 1200 Miles

I wanted to go riding on the Fourth really really really badly but my bike was down because I stripped my drain plug. I was a madman trying to get that all fixed up in time. Fortunately I was able to get if fixed (and also able to write about how to fix it) in time.

My starting location was Coeur d’Alene Idaho. I wanted to ride from Coeur d’Alene over the Cascade Highway, across the sound at Port Townsend, down Highway 101 along the coast, and finally zip back to Coeur d’Alene on Highway 84.

Cascade Highway was AWESOME! There was hardly any traffic, great corners, and excellent weather. The recipe for fun! I was able to get through that section in a disappointingly quick amount of time. Seriously though, the Cascade Highway has to be one of the best highways in the Pacific North West, or PNW as I like to call it.

From there we drove down the 101. What a beautiful road, and a curvy one at that! You have to be careful though, I chanced across a descending decreasing radius corner with a suggested speed of 25 MPH. Needless to say, I was doing slightly over that.

There are a few places to stop along Highway 101. I don’t remember which we stopped at but here are some pictures I took there on a boat launch.

Another highlight of the ride was our tour through Rainier National Park. That is a stunning ride as well. Unfortunetly not so much for a novice rider ahead of us. He thought he saw gravel ahead, locked his front brake, and speared off into the ditch. Everyone was ok but it was a tough lesson to learn for this fellow.

Nothing really special happened on Highway 84 on the way back. I averaged about 90 MPH with a keen eye for any tax collectors with flashing lights. It was quite hot so I took to wetting down my coat and shirt with water before the ride and let the evaporating water cool me down.

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