Jerry and I decided to take the new front tires out and make sure they stick. We left late in the day to let it warm up and after finally getting over the border, had a nice ride.
Cruised down to Chuckanut - Standard stuff, busy, number of cars, one cop, not too much sand etc in the corners, but some water running over the road in spots. Decent conditions, good views.
Cut over to take #9 for a stretch around Sedro, grate shape as always. One cop, no problems.
Swung off and sessioned Watcom Lake road. They rebuild the bridge that was out last year and did a nice job. However, coming into it from #9 there is a short gravel stretch where the warning sign is very close to the gravel (I managed to slow to about 60 - 70 km/h and it was all good). Some rough patches with rough pavement changes. Great road, a number of 15, 20 & 25 mph (advertised) corners. Tight & bumpy but loads of fun. Go easy through the areas where people live of course. Traffic wasn't too bad.
Over to mosquito road after a short stretch on #9. Mosquito is in the same shape as 'normal'. Very coarse pavement. We kept spinning up the rear tires and I was kicking up so many small rocks that Jerry had to back off a bit
Very little traffic but a couple of turns that just go on foooorrrreeeevvvvveeeerrr. Can't get on the gas until over 1/2 way through the corner, front end traction & feel is key to saying upright. Great ride though, some very very light traffic towards the north end.
Up the Baker hwy (one more cop) and over to Silver lake road. Pavement is in good shape, but there is some construction & farm traffic has dumped some crap on the road. It's spordic and not all that bad. Great run through there, very little traffic.
Back to Canada (once we got past one very grumpy Canadian boarder guard). We decided that we better check on Sylvester & Stave Lake roads.
The thing that struck both of us is that the bits of gravel on the canadian roads seemed like such a minor thing after running Watcom & Mosquito roads.
All in all, a great day of riding.
Spotted: Steve (who may have been oblivious that it was Jerry & I ) and Sherry (sp?) with the cruise & the turquoise leathers.
Hope everyone had a good day riding!
P.S.: A couple of pictures for good measure
Mandatory purple jacket shot, the 9R and Jerry explaining where the damn corner was that went on forever "... it was up there 'n back a ways!"