Pacific Northwest Day Trippin on the Land Yacht

Discussion in 'Global Trip Reports' started by TonyBKK, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Left Thailand to move back to the US a while back and have settled down in Redmond, Washington, or the "Eastside" as Seattle folks call it. Gorgeous roads all over this state but I was busy with the new job and the move but finally managed to get out for a ride!

    Day trip to Leavenworth via Stevens Pass, Lake Wenatchee and the Chumstick Highway icon10.gif

    I really didn't have a destination in mind- just wanted to get out and ride. Thought about heading down towards Mt Rainier, or West to the Olympic Penninsula, but I've been to both so wanted to discover something new. Never been to Stevens Pass or Lake Wenatchee, so decided to check them out.

    Beautiful day, cool and mostly sunny, I headed north out of Redmond on the 202 towards Woodinville then onto the 522 which eventually connected me to US Route 2, aka the Stevens Pass Highway. There were a few bikes out, but not as many as I'd have expected considering the beautiful weather. Rode with a couple of fellows from Sultan as far as Gold Bar where they peeled off, and from there I continued solo up to the Stevens Pass ski resort, which sadly has had to shut down due to lack of snow...

    From Stevens Pass I continued on some nice fast sweepers until I reached the turn off for Lake Wenatchee State Park.

    A stiff breeze was blowing off the lake and it was a bit chilly, but I imagine this place must be very popular in the summer months-

    Leaving Lake Wenatchee I saw a sign that pointed to an alternate way to reach Leavenworth. Why not? Turns out it was a good choice- the Chumstick Highway (Route 209) is a nice little whack on a motorcycle! clap.gif

    Arrived at my destination with a smile on my face- Leavenworth is a trippy little town that's all done up in a "Bavarian" theme. Weird, huh? eekers.gif

    The place was packed with tourists, and I have to say, as much as I'm averse to tourist traps, this place is pretty well done-

    Lucked out and found a good parking spot just off the main square :)

    Was thirsty and a bit hungry and wandered around until I found a good spot-

    The Icicle Brewery has a nice outdoor patio, live music and some mighty fine brews friday.gif

    Wandering around a bit more, enjoying the sights and people watching and had to take a snap of this yelrotflmao.gif

    It was getting late and I didn't want to ride back over the pass after dark. Coming over the road was wet in some places and it would suck on a bike if it froze! 4:30 in the afternoon and it's about 100 miles back to Redmond-

    Had I been a bit more prepared I'd have brought camping gear, overnighted up in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and continued the loop up to Winthrop and back over the North Cascades Highway 20 which just opened this weekend. Ah well, maybe next weekend!

    On the way back to Seattle made an ice cream stop in Skykomish naughty.gif

    Shout out to the very nice ladies who run the Sky Deli, they were closing but invited me to hang out and we enjoyed a long and interesting chat.

    Not a bad way to spend the first Saturday of April. Thinking I really need to get a dirt bike as I know there are tons of awesome dirt roads worth exploring in the mountains around here. Happy Days!
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  3. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Moderator Staff Member

    Can't believe you left LOS for good Tony :|
    But have to admit, now you are spoilt for riding choices. This place looks like authentic Bavarian little town indeed.
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Wow. Nice stuff there Tony. A totally different environment alright. I hope everything works out ok for you & your family is back together again real soon.
  5. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Dunno about "for good", but not so happy with the direction Thailand's been headed in recent years and feel quite strongly that the US, for all her problems, is still a much better place to raise and educate my kids. Still have the house and a couple bikes in Bangkok tho, so don't worry, I'll be back!! :mrgreen:
  6. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Moderator Staff Member

    Nice one Tony.

    Look forward to more of these reports.

    Nice to see other parts of the world :)

  7. canthai

    canthai Ol'Timer

    If you have an extra day or 3, head over to Vancouver Island, head up-island, and take the road to Gold River. Highway 28 heading West from Campbell River. Great bike road.

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