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    Back road to Seattle?

    Well maybe not as far as "Seattle", but down that way.
    This whole motorcycle gig started with a test drive on a scooter in April. The dealer said there was a route that can be taken by scooter (no highways) to get down into the states. He added it was very scenic. Does anyone know of this? Thanks.

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    depends what you're looking for, and what you call a 'highway'. if all you want to do is to avoid I-5, cross at Sumas and ride hwy 9 south; or cross at Blaine, take H Road east and eventually meet 9. there are side routes off 9 (mainly Mosquito Lk Rd, and the stuff between Lake Whatcom and Sedro Woolley) which will add more interest.

    you can also travel the coast. there is a network of sideroads from Blaine to Bellingham:

    the roads south of Bellingham (especially Chuckanut Drive) are great:

    you kinda get 'trapped' by I-5 at the south end of this route however, so you're better off crossing to Arlington and continuing south thru Granite Falls and Monroe:

    then you can drift into Seattle from the NE, or if you are headed further south, carry on down thru Duvall, Fall City, etc. fact is, you can entirely bypass Seattle on the east and have no idea the metropolis existed at all...

    have fun. there seems to be a whole mob of 'scooter-istas' that one sometimes sees out on group rides near Bellingham...

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