The night before turned into an unexpected party at my place...
4 Tequila shots and 5 beer (not too much but enough to feel it a bit the next morning) Patron is evil! and so is my buddy Alex!
he pours booze into my glass when I'm not looking. I woke up a little rough and sucked back a coffee and headed out to meet the boys.
7-8 said they were coming.... on all different kinds of bikes...
the weather looked like it might get wet....
as the expected thundershowers hadn't happened the night before as reported... welcome to the west coast!
but 3 riders still went.... and it ended up being 3 Triumphs.
'99 Sprint 955 (known as Croak here on Rat.net) , my '06 Sprint 1050 and a Michael's new Daytona 675 leading the charge.
we held a great pace thru the northern cascades
nothing stupid in the straights and sped up for the bends.
a small wheelie for a couple of teens requesting one on a clear back road along the skagit river hwy.
we stopped half way to gas up and were warned by some other riders that thundershowers were happening on the other side of the pass. we paid no attention.
no rain!! other then a couple of drops not enough to even feel. awesome ride!
roads were stellar! just some rocks on the road here and there but easy to spot.
we saw acouple of deer... Winthrop is known as the capital for deer deaths!
oh yeah then... that deer!!
so the 675 pulls out to pass a hummer (straight road- legal pass) mr deer ******* jumps out from the left side (we're doing about 70 mph) and runs across their path they both brake! mr Deer gets by....
while that's happening (I'm second to pass) and saw the deer so I don't pass! thinking I'll use the hummer for protection... dude (croak) behind me passes me and the hummer! it got ugly because the hummer braked hard and swerved. I held back waiting for the deer speed bump!
Croak never even saw that deer! and he found about the deer at the next stop! LOL
lesson to be learned: wait your turn to pass! there maybe a good reason not to pass.... like a deer! lol
Honestly, I forgot how great that ride is. I want to plan another one in a few weeks.
Washington has amazing roads! the roads are made of better material then what we have cracking and potholing up here in bc.
I also forgot how great the Sprint (incredible!!) at speed... 35mph bends were devoured with ease at over 100mph and I wasn't even pushing. That bike really wakes up and is so so smooth. I had forgotten - it's been awhile since we have done it.
I was really tired when I got home. serves me right for boozing the night before.
here's a link to the route and my picts.