Mt. St. Helens through the North Cascade Highway
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
15Trip End Aug 23, 2009
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We know we are a full day behind on the updates ... one day of no internet connection can really through a wrench into things ... we are going to catch up today though so bear with us.
We stayed at the Seasons Motel in Morton which is about an hours drive north of the access to Mt. St. Helens on the east side. Next planned stop was Oliver, BC. The big challange here was do we split this ride into 2 easy days or do we push on to Oliver, BC where there are friends with a pool and beer. Not a hard choice....we pushed on to Oliver! By Todd's guess this ride was going to be about 700km's and would take us through the Northern Cascade Mountains.
Morning was beautiful
This took us through Black Diamond, Maple Valley, Fall City and Granite Falls. We stopped here for lunch at about noon as it's just south of Arlington and not far from where we would turn off to take the 530 towards The Northern Cascade Mountains.
The ride on The Northern Cascade Highway is another road that is a must do on a bike. The only one issue with this ride today was the smoke. There were 2 fires burning in the park and the smoke was blowing in from the fires in Canada. The views were still amazing as you can see from the photos of where we stopped close to the top at one of the look outs. Once at the top and over, the smoke got worse but we still enjoyed the ride and plan on doing it again someday in reverse.
Just on the other side of the Cascades is a town called Winthrop
We took the road out of town to hook up with the 97 North to take us to the border. Now, at this point it was a long ride so far and we were both thinking it was time to get off the bike and stretch out the legs...and other thing. We were however trying to make it to Oliver for 6pm as Cyndi and Gord had other company and dinner was planned for 6pm. When we started on the 97 is was only about 60 miles from there to Oliver...so why stop....lets just keep going and we'll make it on time. Can you say ouch?
We stopped for gas, duty free (can't be gone for a week and not buy cheep booze, cigars and cigaretts) and customs....we made it to Oliver at 6:25. Todd sort of underestimated the distance ....when we were done it was close to 1000 km's. You would think we were riding for Iron Butt or something.
The last 2 days were amazing and wouldn't change them....as long as they were we saw some fantastic things. The next 2 days we'll be hanging in Oliver BC enjoying the sun and visiting with friends. Still hope to do some site seeing around here...just a shorter ride.