My observations based on 9 days riding in Washington and Oregon.
Car drivers down there have no idea that the left lane on a multi-lane Hwy is supposed to be used for passing. Used to think BC was bad till I repeatedly swore out my helmet visor at turkey after turkey who was driving for mile after mile, below the limit, alongside other slow lane cars, effectively blocking any traffic trying to do even the limit.
Got stuck behind a slow driver from the floating bridge on 101 all the way to Port Angeles...he was driving anywhere from 55k to 90k...up and down, with no apparent reason. We were about 6 vehicles back and what amazed me is the cars behind him and in front of me seemed quite happy to drive that way. Nobody tried to pass and not one car honked of flashed high beams at him. Finally escaped when we came to a rollover crash and we ducked down a side road to get around the crash and past him. He had piled up a line of vehicles at least 2 kms behind him...couldn't even see the end of the line. had 2 other almost identical situations on the same day.
Most drivers there drive the speed limits, unlike BC where very few do.
Nice to buy gas at about $3.81 a gal instead of $1.35 a litre.
Nice to stay in a really nice hotel for $75 a night with an all you can eat breakfast buffet for $4.95...with real hot food....not apples and muffins and cold coffee.
107 Farenheight at 5pm on a friday night is wayyyyy too hot. Thank God for the AC in the hotel and cool vests soaked in cold mountain streams. BC wins out on that one.
DQ peanut buster parfaits are $2.95 in the US, $4.99 on Vancouver island. Same size. Most stuff is cheaper there for the identical item. Your holiday buck goes much further there.
Gun shops have really neat stuff...wish we clould buy some and bring it back.
Got to ride as front passenger in a 1940 Waco biplane at the Boeing museum of flight in Seattle for a 35 minute flight. Looked like this one.
As much fun as riding a mint Vincent Rapide...smell, sound, vibration, wires and struts, leather flying helmet & goggles and a grin that still won't go away. My birthday present from a wife who understands what it's all about and also loves riding.