Squamish, British Columbia to Twisp Washington
Waking up early to cool air and grey skies in Squamish BC, I decided to get an early start and head south. Breaking camp was easy and I quickly had the bike packed and ready, I just really needed a shower, which the campground provided.
Returning from the shower I hear a voice calling me “Would you like a coffee?” It was my new neighbour across from my tent at the campground. Being the friendly guy that I am and not one to refuse a free coffee I took him up on his offer. My new neighbour, Trevor, was as tall as he was round, had bright red hair and a black cat named Coal. The coffee was good and the conversation soon turned to hockey. I told him about my prize possession, a personalized autographed jersey from Vladislov Tretiak, so much for my early start. After 90 minutes of talking hockey I managed to get on the bike and head for the USA. Trevor as a local guy and gave me great directions to the quickest crossing. The quickest crossing turned out to take one hour and fifteen minutes.
Once across into the US I start down Interstate #5 and decided to head for highway 20 towards Coeur D’Alene in Idaho (one of the 1000 Places I should see before I die). Highway 20 was an amazing ride! It had twists and turns, tunnels and bridges, over the mountains, through the valleys, past rivers and lakes and best of all, not a cop in sight. My heart was racing from the excitement of this road! The sun was shining, there was no rain and also no traffic, most of the time I had the road to myself, all 226 kilometers (141 miles) of it. I did not want it to end, but sadly all good things must, and I finished with Ice Cream and motorcycle conversation in a town called Windthrop Washington. Windthrop is set up like a western saloon style town and I was not sure if I should park my bike or tie it to a post like a trusty old steed. The only thing slowing me down was a fake police car with two dummies inside.This is a road my Harley friend David would have loved, and if he as here, I would have rode it faster.
I am over budget so I continued to Twisp and found a cheap Motel and even cheaper wine (The Glenlivet is out of my price range for a while). I would have camped tonight but I lost my pillow and when you have a neck like mine, pillows are important. There is an outdoor store in Twisp, maybe they have inflatable pillows.
The greatest goalie of all time, and my hero, Valdislov Tertiak http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladislav_Tretiak
A cool little town in Washington State – Windthrop http://www.winthropwashington.com/directions.html