Day 2 - August 17 - Grant Pass to Seattle

Day 2 - August 17 - Grant Pass to Seattle

It was really cool to go to sleep while watching the stars last night. The sleep was not so good like it’s often the case for me for the first camping nights. Early wake up again while Teryk is still asleep.

The packing routine is not optimal yet but we leave reasonably early after stopping in this great place for a coffee.

We want to be in Seattle not too late tonight since we’re staying at Teryk’s friends’ house. There is no real cool route to reach Seattle without wasting too much time so we opt for the ‘5’. The ‘5’ is a real nightmare for Californians riders because it’s so straight and boring. Here it’s very different, going over passes with turns and nice scenery. Really cool, but not for long enough. Going further North, it becomes flatter and straighter, the traffic is heavier and it even started to rain. Not fun anymore!

Even if you tell yourself “Hey you’re going to Ushuaia, it’s your dream ride” the feeling for the day is still “Well, I’m going to Seattle and the traffic sucks especially when you can’t split lanes!”.

The good thing is that we were able to make the Autocom work this morning so were able to chat on the freeway. We were not sure to take them on a trip where simplicity should be key but we decided to give them a try, at least for Alaska. Boy, we were hooked right away! It takes a bit of practice to make them work fine but when that’s done it made our riding life way easier.

Keeping an eye on your unlocked valuables is a real issue on a bike so here we go

We just wanted to arrive in Seattle but the traffic was stop and go around Portland and again in Tacoma before Seattle. At this point I was really craving for the remoteness of the big North.

Fortunately all was forgotten with the wonderful welcoming of Julieann and Patrick! There were also 2 good friends of them staying for the weekend and the dinner was a lot of fun.

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