This report is dedicated to my wife: the most awesome partner in the world (OK, so that’s my opinion, but then again I am the one writing this post so I can say things like that!).
§ I would be surprised if 25% of women half our age would be prepared to do say 300km on the back of a sportbike. Go 3,000km and that number probably drops to 10%. Other people our age? Don’t know if you would find any right off the bat.
§ Of the number prepared to do the ride: at most 10% would be able to pack for 2 people for 9 days using one smallish backpack! And quite comfortably live out of said backpack for 9 days.
§ Of the remaining candidates: how many would ride with the backpack on her back for this distance come rain or shine…. and never complain?
§ On top of that: how many would do that and have a total blast?
I think we are now down to…. one person!
By the numbers:
§ Total distance covered: 3,316km
§ Total days ridden: 8
§ Average distance per day: 414km. Most: 543km. Least: 242km (to Ashland: we made a short day to enable us to scout Ashland and to do laundry).
§ Gas used for 3,185 of those km (I have not filled the bike since we have gotten home): 152.5l
§ Average gas consumption: 49.1mpg or 20.9km/l. Best: 53.9mpg, 22.9km/l. Worst: 45.7mpg, 19.5km/l. For two up I thought this was pretty darn good.
§ Average distance covered per tank: 212km
This was the first trip that we have ever done using an intercom. For those of you riding long distances two up: different strokes for different folks, but in our case this added tremendously to the enjoyment of the trip. The ability to talk about what we are seeing, planning what to do/how long to carry on etc. and just kidding around was great.
Our $140 cheap and not-quite-nasty IMC basic intercom worked well. The battery comfortably lasted the longest day that we rode. We tried doing 2 days at one stage and it sort-of lasted, but the sound quality deteriorated dramatically during the second day. This has convinced me to go for something better for the next time around, probably wireless as the hassle of connecting and disconnecting each time we got on and off the bike got annoying.
And so to the trip:
Saturday 16 Aug.: Home – Lake Quinalt, Washington: actual odo distance: 513.1km
We started out bright & early because we had a reservation on the 10:15 Port Townsend – Keystone ferry and you have to be there at least 45 minutes ahead of time. Damned if I know why: pretty barren and quiet place. Strangely enough, even at around 7am, we still had a 50 minute wait at the border: I was a bit perturbed about that because I had not allowed this much time in my planning. But we made the ferry on time in any case.
Both my wife & I commented on the number of police cars we saw: certainly kept us at bay in terms of speed! As usual on a long road trip: saw many cruisers (mostly H-D) and almost no sport bikes once we were outside city limits. Roads were OK: nothing for a sportbiker to get excited about.
We had a reservation at the resort at Lake Quinalt: pretty nice and the food at the restaurant was unusually good: highly recommended. Here we also ran into a group of 4 bikes with Europeans-by-way-of-Seattle: more later!
Seeing as this was mostly familiar territory we did not stop much for pictures. For good pics: see Kent's similar thread.