Four Corners Tour – Ride Day 16 – Tour Day 13 – July 30, 2015 – Thursday
Start Time: 7:18 AM PDT
Stop Time: 5:25 PM PDT
Start Location: Goldendale, WA
Stop Location: Bellingham, WA
Lodging: Larrabee State Park Campground
Breakfast: Campsite (ceareal with almond milk)
Lunch: Mrs. Beasley’s (BLT and onion rings)
Dinner: Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill
Miles Traveled Today: 427
Weather: 55-95, Clear and Sunny
I-84, Us-30, I-205, I-5, Chuckanut Road
Today’s ride started on a short stretch of I-84 to get me to US-30 or better known as Columbia River Highway. The road was as awesome as many folks had said it would be, and I also followed their recommendation and stopped at the falls (there were three of them over a couple mile span).
The last stop on US-30 was the Vista House, and again, several friends, and several folks I just met at a gas station, or in a campground said to make sure you visit the Vista House.
The Vista House was 10 times more impressive than I could have ever imagined. Wow just doesn’t cut it. The view is spectacular, but the building itself, although small is a marvel to explore.
Then I ran across this little jewel. They imbedded glass blocks into the sidewalk surrounding the middle level, which became skylights for the basement level.
As cool as that feature is, there are few things in this world more beautiful than the view of the Columbia River Gorge from Vista House, so I’ll just go ahead and say it, this view is so cool it’s frozen.
Shortly after getting on I-5, I realized I either missed the Welcome to Washington sign, or taking I-205 made me miss it, so I robbed this one off the internet.
Apperently Washington just informs you rather than welcoming you into their state, and I’m also thinking that even Oregon spent more on their Welcome sign than Washington.
A whole bunch of these states could go to school on the Welcome signs in Florida (they warn you way sooner than any other state I have visited, and if you miss their signs, you were sleeping).
Not too long after crossing the state line, I felt that familiar lunch time call from my stomach, so pulled off and ran across this little place, which makes a mean BLT.
My next objective was to get to my third corner in Blaine, Washington, which I did with no problems other than just the ride on I-5 through Tacoma and Seattle, which was very, very slow going for what seemed like forevever, but really was several hours.
On my way out of Blaine, I was directed by Miss. Zumo by this little jewel of an area. More of God’s handywork on full display.
With the third corner knocked out, I headed to my campground for the night just South of Bellingham, Washington, but thought I would grad a quick selfie with my iPole made by FastCap in front of the FastCap facility (my first destination tomorrow morning, where I will get to experience the FastCap morning meeting, clean a bathroom, and tour the plant).
I was honored to have dinner tonight with Paul and Leann Akers, the owners of FastCap, and got so wrapped up in the great conversation that I forgot to get photos of the Bay (the setting was picturesque).
It was a good ride day, and in spite of all the heavy traffic I endured through the Tocoma and Seattle areas, everyone respected my space. Thank you again Lord for keeping me safe and sound for another great day of riding tomorrow.
Heading to Winthrop, Washington tomorrow, which will be one of the shortest distances I have covered in a day since leaving Nashville, Tennessee. I wanted to keep the distance low in case my FastCap tour took longer than I anticipate it taking.
Well, that’s a wrap, horizontal is sounding aweful good about now.
Fantastic ride, great stuff. Be safe and live for the road..
Thanks TwoTire, enjoyed your Iron Butt attempt blog. Hope and pray you are successful next time.