Day 2 – Grand Forks to Vancouver, BC through Washington State
Travel Time: 8:00am-6:30pm
Low Temp: 14 Celcius (Morning outside of Danville, WA)
High Temp: 30 Celcius (Winthrop, WA)
Distance: 579 kilometres
Great day for riding and scenery. Crossing the border at Danville was a piece of cake. It’s a small border crossing and there were only two vehicles. I was through in a matter of minutes.
The first fifty miles were wide open with long sweeping curves and no traffic at all. It was quite a relaxing start to the day.
Quick stops in Tonasket, Twisp and a few off bike walks in the North Cascades. The highways were quite free of people and traffic which makes travelling much more enjoyable.
Twisp always makes me think of the old Flinstones bit about dancing “Bedrock – Twitch, Twitch”. The brain goes odd places when inside of a helmet for an entire day. Haha.
Lunch in Winthrop. Some of the small towns around Calgary that are becoming ghost towns could learn a lot from this idea. They’ve turned Winthrop into a facade of an old west town. Great little shops and places to eat and hang out. I had some lunch at the same restaurant Fiona and I stopped at last time – Three Fingered Jacks. Good pub food and air conditioning because the weather was starting to really cook.
I took a few of the less travelled roads leading to the Sumas border. Most traffic seems to stick to the I-% and insanity of the freeway. The #9 from Sedro-Wooley to Sumas was a pleasant surprise as it was a fun road to ride and free of traffic.
A quick stop at the Sumas border. Luckily they move through the line ups very quickly because sitting on a bike that is over a hundred degrees in 30+ degree heat is enough to melt even the most patient.
Vancouver seems so much bigger than when I lived here in the 90s. First of all the #1 Trans Canada is a bona fide freeway now. The sheer number of vehicles travelling on the road is simply amazing. I followed the GPS from the border all the way into Vancouver proper. When I got ‘downtown’ I went by memory and successfully found my hotel and the side parking lot. Right in the thick of things. Should make for good exploring over the next couple of days.