Bookmark and Share

Thursday, December 30, 2010

We've Been Everywhere

I think everyone has heard the song by Johnny Cash, “I’ve Been Everywhere,” and after a full riding season during 2010, I think we have “been everywhere” in Washington (and parts of Canada) riding on the trike with friends. We rode on local and county roads, on interstates, and internationally. Cruising by the rivers, the inlets, and the ocean shores. We saw the fields full of crops, thick forests, full orchards, and baron land. Across the plains, over the foothills, down through the valleys, and to the tops of mountains. I was toting a camera and a small note book as we headed east, west, north, south…we did it all, saw it all, experienced it all, at least all that we could in the time that we had.

Roads: Chuckanut Drive (Wizards path through Oz), Smith Road, Noon Road, Mt, Baker Highway, Silver Beach, Lake Louise Road, Park Road, South Pass, North Pass, Big Lake Road, Gunderson Road, Slater Road, highway 9, I-5, highway 99 (The Pacific Highway), highway 20, Haxton Road, Red River Road, Kickerville Road, Lake Samish Road, Nulle Road, Prairie Road, Canada hwy. 1, Canada hwy. 3 (Crows Nest Highway), Loup Loup Pass, Yakima Canyon, Blewett Pass, highway 99 (known as Duffy Lake Road, Ershig Road, Colony Road, W. Lake Samish Drive, State Street, Holly Street, Marine Drive, Haxton Road, Red River Road, Park Road

Places: Skagit River, Baker Lake, Upper Baker Dam, Beaver Lake, Big Lake, Lake McMurray, Clear Lake , Lake Martha, Bay View State Park, Mt. Erie, Deception Pass, Simik Bay, Twisted Bison, Blue Mountain Grill, Clear Lake, Zuanich Point Park, Hood Canal, San Juan Island, San Juan De Fuca, Lime Kiln Point State Park, Haro Strait, Moose Lodge, Ski to Sea, Starbucks, Larrabee Park, Blue Mountain Grill, Pt. Whitehorn Marine Reserve, Semiahmoo, Nooksack Casino, Skagit Casino, Corner Tavern, Longhorn Saloon, Manning Park, Spectacle Lake, Bonaparte Lake Resort, Lake Padden, Pass Lake, Keystone Ferry, Hood Canal, Quinault Beach Resort & Casino, Lake Mayfield, Riffe Lake, Mt. Rainer National Park, Whistlin’ Jacks, Naches River,), Duffy Lake, Fraser Valley, Diablo Overlook, Cap Sante Park, Washington Park Burrow Channel, Fidalgo Island, Toys4Tots, Blue Mountain Grill

Cities & Towns: Rockport, Darrington, Arlington, Sedro Woolley, Conway, Stanwood, Warm Beach, Marysville, Darrington, Wickersham, Acme, Concrete, Sedro Woolley, Edison, Anacortes, LaConner, Ferndale, Kendall, Everson, Coupeville, Acme, Conway, Big Lake, Ferndale, Friday Harbor, Arlington, Birch Bay, Republic, Princeton, Osoyoos Lake, Wauconda, Chesaw, Molson, Loomis, Tonasket, Twisp, Winthrop, Marblemount, Oak Harbor, Elma, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Raymond, Pe Ell, Vader, Toledo, Morton, Wenatchee Pateros, Lynden, Vancouver, Whistler, Pemberton, Lillooet (Cayoush Flats), Cache Creek, Lytton, Hope, Agassiz, Chilliwack, Sumas, Alger, Bellingham, Burlington, Monroe, Sultin, Start Up, Gold Bar, Index, Baring, Skykomish, Wellingham, Nason Creek, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Lake Chelan, Edison, Oak Harbor, Yakima, Oamk

2010--it was a very good year and the New Year is about to dawn bringing with it new adventures with our friends on the bikes and trikes we love, memories to make, photographs to share.

Down the Wizard’s path through Oz
Searching for eagles
Lunch is just another reason to ride
Zippity doo dah, Zippity aye,
My oh my what a wonderful day
Clear the cobwebs from your mind
It’s not exotic destinations
But your own backyard
Friends don’t let friends ride alone
Especially on the Vernal Equinox
Time to bless the bike and be blessed
Defying the extreme caution sign we proceeded
Potholes or sinkholes as they might have been called
Muddy water, dips, puddles, and holes
But at the end of the mine field was lunch with friends
A Sunday afternoon ride
Up where eagles fly or off to see the Orcas
Lavender fields, lavender chocolate, lavender cookies
Enough of the lavender
The Orcas were a no show so we pointed the cameras at each other
A “double down” snack and the freeway home
Moose Lodge Thursday night tacos
Or was that all you can eat Friday fish and chips
We went back to school to give away a scholarship
Volunteered at Ski to Sea
Starbucks again…oh darn
Blue Mountain Grill always a great stop
Visiting with an old friend from Milwaukee
Celebrating Fathers Day…just another reason to “ride to eat”
5th Annual Republic ride with the birthday boy
Back in the USA…almost, maybe, let’s see, okay
Lake Padden for burgers and dogs
Lillooet way up north in the wilderness
Oyster Mountain Cascade Loop
No! we didn’t eat those mountain oysters
20 years riding with Santa to the Blaine Giving Tree
Park Road…It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it
Then round out the year helping Toys4Tots
Auld Lang Syne

Tennyson wrote:
Ring out the old, ring in the new
Ring happy bells, across the snow,
The year is going, let him go,
Ring out the false, ring in the true

6,900 miles there abouts

No comments:

Related Posts with Thumbnails