Day 7 - Friday, August 1, 2008

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
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Trip End Aug 17, 2008


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Friday, August 1, 2008

Day 7:

Rusty started the day at 7am PST to be at his motorcycle dealer when they open at 8:30am. I departed the Days Inn motel at 10am when Rusty called to advise his bike was ready (oil change and rear tire). I took the extra time to update this blog.

A3 C14 odometer read 5598 miles
Rusty 1200RT odometer read 27096 miles

The weather was clear and around 70 degrees at the start of the day. Because we both departed from different locations we agreed to meet southbound on I-5; we elected the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle (http://www.museumofflight.org/). Again, because we are on a time schedule we did not have the opportunity to go in and see the place which I would have really enjoyed, but it gives me a reason to come back and visit this area again. On the day that we stopped by the Blue Angels (http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/) were putting on an air show. How dissapointing it was not to be able and stay and see that.

We continued south enroute to Mount Rainier (http://www.nps.gov/mora/) by taking I-5 to Auburn where we got on SR164 till Enumclaw. Because the weather had changed quickly on us, now was raining lightly, we put on our rainsuits in Auburn. The weather had turned cold and wet very fast and by the time we reached Enumclaw it was very foggy as well. Local folk in Enumclaw informed us that if we elected to continue through the park that (1) we would not see anything due to the fog, and (2) that there had been several motorcycling accidents there in recent weeks due to the weather causing dangerous road conditions. Rusty and I decided against going through the park and turned back to I-5 and proceeded south to Chehalis where we had a lunch stop at Applebees and agreed to proceed to Mount St. Helens (http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/) as the weather yet again changed and now was clearing up once more.

We continued South on I-5 to Toledo (exit 63) and took SR505 to SR504 and we made it upto the Johnstons Observatory at 5:45pm; just 15 minutes before the visitor center closed. We managed to catch the last showing of the story of Mt. Saint Helens (1980 eruption) and then took a few pictures and were off again. Regretfully the volcano itself remained covered by the clouds. The roads in and out of the park were fantastic for riding; many long sweeping turns one after another. Lets just say that Rusty and I passed every vehicle ahead of us with a large grin on our faces. On our way into Mount Saint Helens we passed several Llama farms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llama). It was interesting to see these animals of the Andes in Washington state.

Back on I-5 we headed south to I-205 where we ended the day in Portland, Oregon at 8:45pm at the Roadway Inn. We rode a total of only 335 miles today. Miserable mileage all considered, but when you can experience the horrendous traffic conditions we experienced on I-5 then you will understand. I-5 in Washington state has the WORST traffic I have experienced yet.

Roads we travelled today:
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