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Old 10-13-2012, 08:20 AM   #331
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Hahaha.....awesome pic! ^^^
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:49 AM   #332
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very nice.

i just checked back and i'm surprised to see you so far north?
it's now snowing in northern colorado and i imagine most of the northern rockies routes are shut down or will be soon for riding. guess you're heading south down the west coast for so cal, or az?

most south of the border thru riders are entering mexico in nov, but maybe that's not what you doing. if you do head that way get some kind of guards for that gs as it will be on it's side again at some point in the journey. maybe you're waiting to buy them cheaper in the US which would make sense.
anyway enjoy!
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:25 PM   #333
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I love this ride report.....definitely keeping tabs on you guys!
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:44 PM   #334
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After spending over a week and Kevin and Manons', we got on our bikes with great reluctance. We're leaving our home country of Canuckistan today, not sure when we'll be back next. Our friends accompany us to White Rock, a coastal town just north of the US border. They treat us to our final breakfast (cupcakes, of course) in Canada, then we hang out at the pier for a little while before waving goodbye!


The pier at White Rock, BC


Frolickin' amongst the flowers - pic by Kevin V


Kevin is a BMW Motorrad Apparel model


Boats docked at White Rock pier


Final group shot!


And then it's goodbye!

We were a bit worried about the US border patrol, since we were wondering what to say if they asked us, "When are you returning to Canada?" or "What do you do for a living?"... If we told the truth, I was expecting: "So let me get this straight: you don't have a place of residence in Canada, no jobs and you want to come into the United States *and* you can't tell me when you're going to return?!?!"

Surprisingly, those questions never came up! So all our elaborate stories that we agreed on and practiced beforehand went unused! We'll have to save them for the next border crossing!


Neda has a (very) unfounded belief that she is invisible to radar

From the border, we quickly got off the Interstate at Bellingham and rode one of my favorite roads in the area, the scenic and twisty Chucakanut Drive. The heavily forested two-laner winds its way along the Samish Bay coast, all the way to the Anacortes. From there, we took State Road 20 to Fidalgo Island and then to Whidbey Island and stopped at Oak Harbor to pick up a US SIM chip for our iPhone. After some fiddling around, we got our phone interwebs working and we were off to our campsite at Fort Ebey State Park.


It's warm again! Hiking around the shores of Fort Ebey State Park

Fort Ebey was built during WWII after the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor. The remains of a bunker look out towards the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and I poked around the dark and empty deserted underground bunkers while Neda basked in the sunshine outside. We've spent so long in the Arctic that we're really starved for any kind of warm weather.


Descending the deserted bunker


Through the artillery view port I spot a Neda


Hiking around Fort Ebey State Park


Everything's just Dandy!


Sun setting on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, mountains of Olympic National Park in the distance


Sunset!

Unfortunately, after the sun set, the temperature dropped very quickly. We were back to wearing winter clothing and shivering in our sleeping bags. It's very clear to us we need to head further south!
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:19 PM   #335
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Very cool! I will be watching!
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:25 AM   #336
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This really is fantastic. The Dude and I are slowly making our way east across the middle US, we'll be heading back to California (home for us) via a more southerly route. Now you're making me wish we'd headed north instead!

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Old 10-14-2012, 03:15 AM   #337
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Awesome!

Enjoy your journey and wishes for a safe return. I'm so amazingly jealous. If you make it to southern New Mexico you have a place to stay.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:03 PM   #338
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Wow, I wish I would have known.

I just started reading this ride report three days ago,and it's been awesome, today ( Oct. 14, about 2:00 ish. ) two bikes that HAD to be you guys pulled out in front of me in my home town. Unfortunately I was on another errand and by the time I could get turned around and offer to buy you a beer you were to far South on 395 to catch. Safe journey, and if you ever get back this way, PM me and the first round is on me. Cheers!
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:13 PM   #339
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Good thing this Border Patrol Agent likes ADV Riding!!!!!
Elaborate stories.......??????
Be safe and enjoy!!!!
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:24 AM   #340
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found Jay's rain charts for your RTW legs
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:26 AM   #341
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Funny how the border patrol treats bikes different. Everytime I go through on the bike they just ask me what my license plate is then they say have a nice day.
Lovin this report and btw I ran into your friends Kevin and Manon back in the summer at GP bikes in Toronto. Told me they were on the way to Vancouver from Ottawa and not returning. Small world.
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I ran into your friends Kevin and Manon back in the summer at GP bikes in Toronto. Told me they were on the way to Vancouver from Ottawa and not returning. Small world.
Not really a small world, K&M used to live in the back room at GP bikes. That Desmosedici in the corner that's been sitting there for the last 3 years? That's Kevin's bed... :)
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found Jay's rain charts for your RTW legs
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Seattle! Our first major US city in the Lower 48! First things first, we make a beeline to Touratech USA, birthplace of Neda's Touratech F650GS...


TouratechGirl right at home! I hid the credit card before she walked in the store...

The folks at TT were awesome, there were a couple of issues with some of their parts that we encountered on the road - a windshield spoiler that popped off on the highway and got run over by an 18-wheeler, as well as a locking GPS mount that wouldn't lock. They solved both problems and let us advertise their store for free by giving us these TT Seattle stickers that you can only get by visiting their store!


More advertising for Touraratech. Seriously, when does that cheque arrive again? I put one on my Givi topcase... heheh

Yaw contacted me on our website a couple of years ago and we've traded vacation pictures back and forth. Him and his girlfriend, Hélène, are avid sportbike riders and love traveling, so I knew we had a lot in common. Last summer, I told him we were going to hit the west coast on our RTW trip and he offered to show us Seattle and put us up for the night.


Yaw and Hélène, our hosts in Seattle - Super awesome biking couple!

Yaw and Hélène took us to the Pike Place Market downtown and we had a great time talking bikes and travel over our seafood brunch. They recently got engaged!


Yaw's Monster takes centre stage, Hélène's Ninja is hidden behind our ginormous GSes and Neda is txting all her girlfriends back home...


They clean all carbs for free? Will they do fuel-injected bikes too?


We heard they throw fish at the Pike Place Market, but it was a slow day - no fish throwing... Here's a picture of us instead...


Hélène is quite the geek - she pointed out the fractal cauliflower.
I wanted to follow up with a Mandelbrot joke but decided to reveal my inner geekiness a bit later



Colourful peppers at the Pike Place Market


Local Seattle artist Whitney Monge performing outside the first Starbucks. Killer voice!


We're rolling with different motorcycle gangs all over the continent! Seattle chapter of the RideDOT.com Riders


Lookout over Seattle from Gas Works Park


Pretty colours on Lake Union, Space Needle in the distance


Hanging out with the remains of the old coal gasification plant in the background. Very Steampunk!

It was a pretty action-packed day, Yaw and Hélène were perfect ambassadors for their city, taking us riding around all of their favorite spots, and we ended up eating dripping Cuban sandwiches from Paseo's on the shores of the Golden Gardens beach, watching the sun set over the waters of Puget Sound. Super awesome!


Kite fliers on Golden Gardens beach

We thought the day was over, but Y&H invited us to a party they were attending that night. It was packed with really bright UW grad students all working on technologies to make the world a better place. There was a lot of passion and excitement about what they were doing which was very contagious as we talked shop throughout the night. We are experiencing such different slices of life as we travel from place to place, and I can't help feeling so enriched by everyone we've met.


Seattle triptych from Y&H's apartment

The next morning was spent trading geekisms with Y&H over a comfortable breakfast at home. The chatter was so easy that I felt like we've known them for a long time. There's so much warmth and brilliance in this fun couple, Neda and I are so glad to have them as friends and wish them much joy in their life together! :)


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