Year: 2009

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. Chuckanut Drive is a beautiful scenic route that stretches 21 miles from Mount Vernon, Washington north to Bellingham. The famous road, once in […]

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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 no particular plan. The no plan routes satisfy my wanderlust spring through fall. Winter requires […]

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Motorcycle Commuting along the Puget Sound

Many of the articles here at BestScenicRoutes.com have shared the great motorcycle tours along the highways, byways and backroads in the Puget Sound area.  My daily commute came up in conversation last week with a Facebook friend back in Northern Minnesota. Two obvious things hit me in that brief conversation. First off, I’m lucky to […]

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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. On Sunday, November 9, WSDOT officially closed State Route 123 over Chinook Pass in the […]

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South Park attacks Harley Davidson in Episode titled “The F Word”

“Loud pipes save lives” is a well-known phrase in America. It is also a growing problem in motorcycle rights. In fact, the American Motorcyclist Association says that few other factors lead more to misunderstanding and prejudice against the motorcycling community than excessively loud motorcycles. All motorcycles sold in the USA are manufactured to meet federally […]

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Private Screening of “One Crazy Ride”

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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 covers the section of SR 20 that crosses the Cascade Mountains from the town of Concrete […]

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Yakima to Everett via desert river canyons and tree-lined mountain passes

The prospect of being a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach has brought me and the V-Strom to Yakima Washington for a 60-hour course. The city of Yakima and surrounding Yakima Valley is known to be one of the best apple-producing areas in the world. The area also produces three-quarters of all hops grown in […]

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Buzzing through Mt. Rainier National Park

Ah yes, the joys of roughing it in a rustic camp ground. Who needs an expensive hotel room. There were three tents each with a happy motorcycle camper in our campsite. It was $15 of bliss split three ways between me and my riding companions, Jeff and Dan. The Takhlakh Lake Campground in the Gifford Pinchot National […]

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Scenic ride through Mount Saint Helens destruction

The Stromtrooper.com crew got together again in late July. We rode some of the most scenic routes that I’ve found to date in Washington State. That is really saying something as Washington is a very scenic state. Our route would take us through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and up to the Mount Saint Helens viewpoint on […]

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Motorcycle camping San Juan Islands

It’s an hour after we planned to be out the door. That’s okay, because we’re heading for the San Juan Islands and it just isn’t island-like to be on time. It’s all about chilling out. Fretting over the little things would hinder a perfect trip. We made the short trip from Seattle north on I-5 […]

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Unwrapping the fine curves of Chuckanut Drive

Chuckanut Drive sounds like a candy bar. It is in fact one of the most scenic routes to be graced with a paved surface. I have wanted to point my V-Strom down Chuckanut Drive since I moved to Washington last year and heard someone talk about it for the first time. It was funny sounding, […]

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Scenic route through Skagit County fields to Whidbey Island airfields

Scenic roads are fun to take in by on your own, but they are also fun in a group from time to time. I ventured out on a group ride with a few fellow Suzuki V-Strom riders this past weekend. The ride was organized through Stromtroopers.com. In all, 10 riders converged upon Old Strokers Benchrace Café […]

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Cascading views along Washington’s Mountain Loop Highway

Since I’m fairly new to the Seattle area, I’m exploring different roads and finding gems from time to time. I recently found one such gem. I rode from Everett up to Arlington on I-5, to Darrington on SR 530, south on the Mountain Loop Highway to Granite Falls and back to Everett via Marysville. All I’ve got to […]

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