So I went down to Baker this past weekend to stay with some friends at their cabin.
As I got through Bellingham and started on Hwy 542E there was a stretch of road that was a 35mph zone. I was doing about 50 when I see a bike coming towards me. I give him a friendly wave and notice then that it's a cop. I look in my mirror and see the brake lights and a minute later he's pulling me over.
So we go through all the motions and I apologize like I've never apologized before when all of a sudden he asks me about my helmet! (Arai Quantum/f Edwards replica) So I take this opportunity to shoot the shit about bikes and notice that his is an old old OLD Kawi police bike. His eyes light up as he tells me about the new BMW bike he's going to be getting in January and goes on to say that any bike beats driving a car (amen!). Eventually he lets me go with a warning.
Must have been my lucky day or something (so that's where that horseshoe went) but it's always cool to meet people who love bikes. So if you are reading this (he read my BCSB stickers on my bike) I drove the speed limit the rest of the way. Well most of the way anyways.
Other things I noticed while riding in WA.
1. Everyone and their dog on a bike will wave to you. Even Hells Angels will wave to you (or at least a head nod) I got one on the I-5 as he came roaring by on his harley.
2. The road to Baker is SWEET. 'nuff said.
3. The I-5 SUCKS unless you are in the fast lane.
4. The truck crossing is much faster than the Peace Arch if you are on a bike. It's a lot easier to sneak up to the front of the line without feeling too guilty about passing 8 zillion cars.
Defintely have to do that ride again sometime soon.