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A Long, Long Day

July 17, 2010

We left Seattle on Saturday morning bound for Tillamook, OR. We planned an ambitious route and wanted to include a meeting north of Seattle with Mike, one of our CBF site members. Mike was working Saturday so he was unable to ride with us, but he was able to take time off from work for an extended get-acquainted visit before we boarded the ferry to Whidbey Island north of Seattle.

Mike et al in Mukilteo


Motorcycles get highly preferential treatment on the Washington State Ferry system. You get to cut into the line ahead of all the other vehicles waiting to purchase tickets, you don’t need a reservation, and you are the first to load and first to unload. It’s a breeze! Across the island we boarded another ferry connecting to Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula.

FIFO on the Ferry

At Port Townsend we had a most chocolatey, malty milkshake at a fully authentic 50’s soda fountain. The blenders, jukebox and everything else was original equipment, not reproduction, and the place was hoppin’. Then, over the top of the Peninsula we went, and then down the coast road.



We had been told that Tillamook would be a haul going the way we planned, but we had no idea how slow the coast road would be. Given our late start, and the ferry schedule (not even motorcycles can hurry the ferry crossings), we arrived at our host’s house in Tillamook at 12:30 Sunday morning. All day long we had been keeping James, another CBF site member whom we had never met, apprised of our progress, mostly reporting delay after delay. But James was as gracious and flexible as could be. When we finally pulled in, he was there to greet us and was a delightful host. Beer, BBQ, and apple pie made for a great midnight snack—and the only solid food we’d had all day. Thank you James!

James and His Ride

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