I thought I'd take advantage of a lack of work and a new Nexus card to poke around some of the lowland roads near Bellingham and to pop up to Mt Baker and back. In the end, the 'poking' and numerous photo-stops consumed the day, and Baker will have to wait for another day.
I crossed without delay at Peace Arch and took the first exit, into downtown Blaine. There was a radar setup at the south end of town, but I was loafing along, so the officer and I just exchanged nods of the head rather than formalities. Three kilometres south I turned right onto Bell Rd, and 2km later right again onto Drayton Harbor Rd. This is very pleasant for the 5km or so around the shore of the namesake arm of the sea. I popped out Semiahmoo Spit to check out the Resort, etc, and found a truly lovely spot.
Semiahmoo Parkway, on the spit
Back off the spit, I continued south on Semiahmoo Drive, then circled Birch Bay (including thru the State Park). Winding roads gave way to straights leading east and south, but the countryside is beautiful.
The south end of Lake Terrell Rd
Luckily, the Red River Roads follow immediately: North RRR winds tightly along the north shore of Lummi River (really nothing more than a small stream), and South RRR parallels on the other side. The turns are tight, with tilled fields awaiting mishaps on one side, and deep water on the other, so take care!
North Red River Rd
Haxton Way and Lummi Shore Rd lead around the point, then Marine Drive takes one into Bellingham. These are pleasant roads, but much too populated for any sane form of excitment.
Lummi Shore Rd
Lakeway Drive takes one east out into the familiar roads south of Lake Whatcom. The 'good' sections are short, but they are VERY good, and well worth revisiting any time you are in the neighbourhood.
Lake Whatcom roads
I popped up Hwy 9 a few km, breaking for lunch at the Blue Mountain Grill (reasonable burger, nice local atmosphere). I inquired and was assured that the Mosquito Lake Rd bridge had been reopened about two weeks previously, so that was the next side-trip. I have always ridden this wonderful jaunt from north to south, so maybe it was just freshness, but it almost seemed better from south to north.
Mosquito Lake Rd
I carried on north and east on Hwy 542 to Maple Falls, where I decided to leave the Baker run for another day, and turned north towards Silver Lake.
Silver Lake Rd
This turns into South Pass Rd as it swings from northbound to westbound. West of Hwy 547 this is one of the nicest stretches of motorcycling road around, as is the North Pass Rd branch.
South Pass Rd
North Pass Rd
By 3pm I was back across the border at Sumas. I had covered less than 250km in 6hrs, but this had been one of the most satisfying days of motorcycling I had spent. It doesn't all have to be 'velocity-tourism'...
More photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/donserl...7624560358492/