Day Three: Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Except for the constant rain between Eugene and Seattle there wasn’t anything to see, take pictures of, or to complain about for that matter.

Driving all day in the rain gives you little time for thinking about anything other than the road, what’s in the road, and if the driver of the cage next to you is actually paying attention to the road. I actually saw one guy either text messaging, or keying a really long phone number into his cell phone. That was the only time of the day I “got in a hurry.”

The Rankins

I’m staying at the Rankin’s until Friday morning and the big disappointment is that Kim and Jessica are in DC, so I won’t get to see them. Connor and Peirce are here and I’ve yet to figure out Noah’s whereabouts.

Since it’s been a couple of years since Bob, Pete, and I have had a chance to get together, we wasted no time…
Seattle at Last!

Day Four: Thursday, May 03, 2007

Today is a slow news day. I’m taking the bike in for its 4k service and spending the night here in Seattle again.


My friends at Lake City Kawasaki got the bike in and out quickly, so we had plenty of time left to; as Pete put it “corrupt our first young ‘en of the trip.” Connor joined us for his first cigar, a Rocky Patel.

Proud Papa

Have you seen a prouder father?

The Usual Suspects

I would apologize Kim, but he is 19, and that’s older than Josh and Daniel Madison were when they smoked their first one. πŸ˜‰

Day Five: Friday, May 04, 2007 a.k.a. β€œThis DOES NOT suck!”

Pete and I left Bob’s at 9 am, gassed up and stopped for coffee. Sometime around 10:50, while still at the coffee shop, I realized that I had left something at Bob’s…so it is obvious that we were not in a hurry.

"This DOES NOT suck."

Sometime around noon we stopped on Hwy 20 for another coffee and a cigar so Pete could call Master Chief Taylor in the tri-cities area to make sure he could join us tomorrow night.

Pete came up with today’s theme at this stop when he looked at me with a big grin on his face after the call and said “This DOES NOT suck!”

Pete taking a picture of me...

Pete taking a picture of me…

...taking a picture of him.

…taking a picture of him.

If you haven’t been over the North Cascades highway, it has some beautiful vistas, just come prepared for the weather. It rained on us, snowed on us, and sunshined on us all in about a 50 mile stretch. Here are some photos:

Bill in the snow

Pete in the snow...

We reached Winthrop around 3pm, had lunch, and checked into the Duck Brand hotel and restaurant. Here is the view from our balcony:

View from the balcony

And last but not least, a photo of Pete laughing at me trying to blog with the frackin’ sun in my eyes.

Pete laughing at me...

Tomorrow we have to find our way to Tim Moon’s home in the tri-cities area. I’ve been hearing “Moon” and “Master Chief” stories for over ten years and meeting these guys is one of the “must-do’s” of this trip. Pete swears that my face will hurt on Sunday from laughing so hard. Bob (a.k.a. The Big Unit), if you’re reading this, it’s only a three and a half hour drive β€” we’ll leave the light on for you…

Day Six: Saturday, May 5, 2007

AM View
Pete took one look at this view this morning and said “Now this really DOES NOT suck!” Sunshine at last! What a welcome sight.

Cleaning Time

Cleaning Time First order of business was to wash the grime off the bikes, gas up, and head southeast to the tri-cities area

More views, vistas, and scenes along the way:



After stopping for yet another cigar,

Cigar Stop

we ran across a large group of bikers on a poker run β€” and felt right at home.
Poker Run

And finally we arrived at Tim Moon’s. Master Chief Taylor joined us and it was everything Pete said it would be. Here is shot of the Master Chief, Moon, and I around the firepit (with a spare chair for Bob Rankin who didn’t make the event β€” we missed him.)


Tomorrow we head north to Marble, WA to see friends and stay with Dave & Sue Chambers.

Day Seven: Sunday, May 06, 2007

Pete and I are in Marble, Washington on a 28.8 modem, so everyone will have to wait for the numerous photos we took today. We are well into the second bottle of wine, I’ve successfully convinced Pete to continue into Canada for a few more days. (Told you Bob!)

I don’t know how easy it will be to connect over the next few days, but I’ll update the blog the first time we find high speed access.

The update:

Ah, high speed access!

After enjoying the Moon’s gracious hospitality, Pete and I left for Marble. Until this picture (taken by Mr. Moon as we left) I had no I idea that Robert De Niro was along for the ride…

Robert De Niro?

Sunshine again! We spent the day enjoying a slow, multi-stop ride up the Columbia River on Hwy 25, it is some beautiful country:

Columbia River

The Road


Columbia River


Columbia River

Sunday night we had the pleasure of staying with dear friends of mine, Dave & Sue Chambers. Their hospitality is overwhelming as they had just returned home from a multi-week trip about 90 minutes before we arrived.

Dave & Sue Chambers

and, with only dial-up available, this is how we ended the day…

End of a perfect day...

PS: File under the categories of “count your blessings” and “don’t always believe MapQuest.” Dave also informed me that “Camp Road” from Day Two was the ill fated route taken by CNET Editor James Kim and his family in December of o6.