Well, a friend and I decided to go for a ride yesterday. It was to be a quick jaunt to the States. She was buying a puppy from some breeders in Suquamish. I was told that it would be 2 hours to get there. Woo Hoo, I said. The first real ride of the year - Count me in.
We met at Starbuck's at 9:30, gassed up and headed out. We crossed the border with ease and decided to stop in Blaine for some coffee and food. I should have known that when we left Blaine at noon that the day would be longer than anticipated.
We were told to look for exit 177. Another clue to the lengthy ride was that we were only at exit 250. In order to get to Suquamish, you need to take a ferry. This is about 20 minutes and, like in Canada, motorcycles are first on and first off.
We finally pulled into the breeders at 3pm. The puppies are so cute! We play with them and take pictures. My friend pays for her puppy. I turn to her at 3:40 and point out that daylight is fading. She agrees that we should leave but assures me that we will make it home before dark. I'm starting to think she is mistaken.
We catch the 4:30 ferry back to the mainland. So start our trip back around 5pm. Sunset is around 6pm. It took us 3 hours to get here from the border, I would like to know how we are going to be home in about an hour.
I hate riding the highway in the dark. Something about not being able to see what's on the road just gives me the willies.
Anyway, we finally arrive at the border around 7pm. All those other Canucks going home were a problem. It took us an hour to get through. Oh, and while we were waiting to cross, it started raining. Great - riding at night on the highway in the rain - [email protected]
Of course, we weren't riding real fast through these conditions and it was 8:30 before we hit Vancouver again. I was cold and miserable and really tense from the ride. I pulled up beside my friend and (sorry, J) had a great laugh. My friend is a Harley chick and was riding in chaps and a beanie and no glasses. Her hair was plastered to her face which was white from cold. Suddenely, I wasn't so unhappy because someone was worse off than me!
I finally got back home around 9pm cold, shivering and quite hungry. We hadn't eaten since noon and were not going to stop for food!
Well, it was a great ride at the start but maybe a little too early in the season for a 500K trip!