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Mount Baker Highway to Artist Point – A Grand View of Mount Baker Volcano

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The Mount Baker Highway (WA 542) leads to one of the grandest views in Washington State at aptly named Artist Point. The twisty road is a spectacular roller coaster ride for motorcycle riders. BestScenicRoutes.com takes you up the mountain and through the wall of snow at the Artist Point trail head overlooking Mt. Baker.

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Book Review: Sound Rider Guide to Motorcycling through Western Washington

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A book review of The Sound Rider Guide to Motorcycling through Western Washington. The book outlines 27 paved rides along the Cascade Mountains and shores of the Puget Sound. The book provides good ride inspiration for local and visiting motorcyclists in the spoils of scenic splendor that is found in Western Washington State.

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Skagit Valley Fields, Fidalgo Island Views and Aptly Named Deception Pass

Riding a motorcycle through the Skagit Valley to the highest point on Fidalgo Island and across Deception Pass is a perfect way to experience Washington State even with snow on the higher mountain roads. Come along with BestScenicRoutes,.com as we explore grand views of the San Juan Islands in what is a quick day-trip from Seattle.

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Olympic Peninsula – Elwha Dam to Port Townsend

Continuing the relaxed nature of this trip, we weren’t in a hurry to leave the comfort of our sleeping bags. The sun began to warm the ground by the time that we woke up. This was to be our last

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Olympic Peninsula – Port Angeles and Hurricane Ridge

The next morning we head back to Hwy 101 via NP2880. This road offers great views down the steep cliffs above the Dungeness River. We dismount in Sequim to find treats and coffee. We find both within a short stroll. The

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Olympic Peninsula – Hood Canal to Sequim

Leaving from Tacoma, our motorcycle takes us across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge northward to Bremerton along Washington State Route (SR) 16. We ride the V-Strom 650 through Bremerton to check out the Puget Sound and harbored Navy aircraft carriers. The

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Weekend Get-Away to Olympic Peninsula, the Greenest Place in Washington State

The true spoils of riding possibilities in the Evergreen State would make motorcyclists obese if it were edible.

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Product Review: Garmin Nuvi 500-series GPS

Is it worth a few extra dollars to ensure that products work as advertised and last through the rigors of motorcycling? Most of the time, I would answer with a resounding “yes,” Ease of use and the ability to withstand

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Riding and the Pursuit of Adventure

The question of why I ride a motorcycle is asked quite often. It seems that the answer would be simple, “because I like it.” My weekend rides don’t elicit that question from onlookers near as often as my daily commute. People understand the

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Flashpacking is packing light, packing geek

Packing for a long trip on a motorcycle is a challenge. A search for “packing light motorcycle” returns more than 4 million results on the subject. The first result of that search is for Tom Mehren’s book Packing Light Packing

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Skagit Bird Ramble

It’s a rare sunny winter day in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington. Temps hover at 34 degrees. A fully fueled Suzuki V-Strom sits idle and cold in the garage. News reports mention the Audobon Society’s Christmas bird counts going on throughout

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Rockslides Cleared from Glorious Chuckanut Drive

Crews reopen Chuckanut Drive (SR 11) south of Bellingham today. The road was closed for nearly a month after two separate rockslides blocked the highway and destabilized the hillside above the road. The famous road, once in the top 10 scenic drives in the USA, lays a narrow paved route along the only section of the Cascade Mountains that actually touches the salty sea water of the Puget Sound.

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Puget Sound Destination: Pike Place Market

As the winter takes hold of our eastern escape route over the few Cascade Mountain passes in Washington State, my motorcycle trips become less frequent and typically shorter. I like to make more destination rides versus my typical routes of

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Winter Arrives in the Cascade Mountains; Cayuse, Chinook and Washington Passes Closed

Rain in the foothills equals snow in the mountains. That’s right my fellow riders, Mother Nature is closing us off from our beloved mountain passes. The Washington State Department of Transportation has closed Cayuse and Chinook passes for the winter.

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Riding Wizards Take to the North Cascades Highway

  Washington State Route 20, also known as the North Cascades Highway, stretches 436 miles from Port Townsend to Newport, Washington. It is in fact the longest stretch of highway in the State of Washington. The true North Cascades Highway

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Book Review: Sound Rider Guide to Motorcycling through Western Washington

Clean the Winter Blues Away with Original Bike Spirits

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The Spiral Highway, Idaho's Motorcycle Gem

Washington State: Eastern Region

An Ellensburg motorcycle adventure: Lion Rock and Old Durr Road

Grand Coulee to Wauconda via Kettle Falls

North Cascade Connections: Okanogan Forest to Grand Coulee Dam

North Cascade Connections: Okanogan Motorcycle Adventure (Loop including: SR20, Baldy Pass, US97, CA97 and CA3)

Washington State: Olympic Peninsula

Elwa Dam to Port Townsend

Port Angeles to Hurricane Ridge

Hood Canal to Sequim

Olympic Peninsula weekend get-a-way, the greenest place in Washington State

Washington State: Puget Sound Region

Bucolic Mosquito Lake Road

In search of dirt road with Mount Baker view

Cascading views along Washington's Mountain Loop Highway

Mount Baker Highway to Artist Point – A Grand View of Mount Baker Volcano

Lake Cavanaugh Road in the Heart of Skagit County Logging and Scenic Beauty

Snoqualmie National Forest group ride

Skagit Valley Fields, Fidalgo Island Views and Aptly Named Deception Pass

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival by motorcycle

Skagit bird ramble

Finney Creek Road, over the hill we go

Skirting the North Cascades Highway

Unwrapping the fine curves of Chuckanut Drive

Thoughts on Motorcycling

An old story to start a new adventure

Close encounters of the 4-wheeled kind

Ian Coates the smiling wayfarer

Ian Coates around the world update

Flash packing is packing light, packing geek

Importance of Environmental Awareness for Motorcycle Riders

Looking ahead to better corners

Motorcycle ride inspiration

Nearly 40-percent of Washington State motorcycle deaths are unendorsed riders

Riding and the pursuit of adventure

Scooters as around town transportation

Scratched paint as evidence of a well-ridden motorcycle

South Park attacks Harley Davidson in episode titled "The F Word"

Suzuki Kind of Guy

Take a highly visible stand with high-viz motorcycle riding gear

The Five Phases of D.I.Y. Learning - Applied to High Risk Environments

The humble motorcyclist

What is an adventure motorcycle?