2017 Summer Second Ride, Day 64, Sep 11, Mon

Planned route

Osoyoos, B.C. * Sedro Woolley, WA

Planned Stops

One stop planned at a Harley Dealership in Chilliwack, B.C.

Ride Conditions

We started out chilly but by the end of the day it we were getting warm. After a couple of hours of riding we left the smoky air behind us.

I’m having problems with the GPS again today. I’m sure I have some setting that I need to change, to make it work right.

First part of the ride

Part of the valley was smoky but not in the direction we were headed. Minnie took a picture shortly after we left town, I noted on the picture, about how clear the air was. We were climbing a hill when she took the picture. Coming into the valley, not 20 minutes later she took some pictures. And you can see how bad the smoke was.

We were close to the United States border, and most of the smoke was South of us. So, must be smoke from fires in Washington state.

There were several wineries, vegetable and fruit farms along the road. Minnie got a few pictures of them, but there were lots more.

Second part of the ride

Just before getting to Chilliwack, B.C. the road started leveling out and the traffic started picking up.

Minnie got her poker chip from the Mountainview Harley-Davidson Dealership in Chilliwack. They had a limited supply of colors for her to pick from, pink only. She has a theme she is trying to do; red white and blue.  Pink just isn’t going to look good.

We stopped to get some gas before re-entering the Sates, so we could get rid of our Canadian coins. And then we headed for the port of entry. We entered at Sumas Washington. It’s a small port of entry and I figured it would be like in Minnesota.  Boy was I wrong. There are electric signs along the highway telling you how long of a wait time you can expect. The sign said 10 minutes, I think it took us closer to an hour to get thru.

To make matters worse, we had some of our warm weather gear on. I told Minnie we can strip some of the gear after we go thru the port of entry. We should have done it before, because we were getting over heated. We pulled in the first side street we came to and started striping some gear off. Afterwards I wondered if someone saw us and thought we were smugglers.

Thoughts about the ride

It was an easy ride, not a lot of traffic, except at the border. We re-entered here so we could take the 9 South. I’m glad we did. The speed limit is only 55. You can’t go faster because of the 90 degree turns, and they have a lot of them. Scenery was great for an easy ride.

Where We stopped for the Night

We stopped for the night at the Three Rivers Motel at Sedro Woolley, WA. No breakfast, WiFi worked OK. There are a couple of restaurants close by. The room was cheap enough. They upgraded us so we could get a down stairs room so we could park the bike out front.

Route and mileage

Today’s Miles 253, Trip Mileage Totals 10,522 Daily Average 164

Today’s Map



These are pictures as we were riding in smoky air. They also show some of the farmland.

Pictures in this slide show us riding in clean air. Minnie got a picture of one of the cars in front of us, at the border crossing.

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