USA 4 Corners Tour Daily Trip Report - 8/24/05

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Spokane, WA
to Blaine, WA
to Lacey, WA

550 miles / 9 hours, 38 minutes

Tire pressure down 9 lbs today. Not sure why, as I can see no screws or nails in the tire and it seems to be holding air well. I filled it up and hit the road before 7:00 AM. I choose the shorter distance instead of the faster distance on the GPS, to get a more scenic ride today. Good choice. This route took me past some scrub brush, past the Chief Joseph Dam and over Logan Pass in the Cascades where I could view El Diablo Lake with it's stunning green color. The color of this lake comes from small particles suspended in the water and the sun's light reflecting off them.

As I left the Cascades, I saw 4 deer crossing the road right in front of me. Finally, I am on the way to Blaine, WA which is the almighty 4th corner. I get to Blaine, WA., and was so energized from hitting my final corner that I decided to head back south, a little further than I had planned earlier. So instead of stopping a few miles away for the night, I headed to a motel in Lacey, WA. On the way, I passed thru Seattle, WA., around 7:00 PM, which was good since most of the heavy traffic had already died down. Turned over 11,000 miles today for this trip.

I was glad that Dean had told me to look for Mt Rainier, because I didn't realize how massive it really is. It rises 14,410 feet. We have high mountains here in Colorado too, but they do not rise from nearly sea level. Very Impressive. I was going to get a picture of it but made the classic mistake of waiting for a better view. It pretty much disappeared before I was able to get the picture that I wanted. Unfortunately, my schedule and rising level of home-sickness, did not allow me to visit Dean in person, but we talked on the phone for a while. He is a good man.

Cumulative motorcycle return waves today: 453

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