Yesterday I packed up the Olympia condo and moved the clothes and food back up to Seattle, and was able to get the Nightster back up as well. It was a glorious day -- made for a motorcycle road trip. I was fortunate to have my friend Garlandgarlandj in town who was able to come with me and drive the Hummer back home while I road the bike. I decided to head up the West side of Puget Sound, away from the traffic and congestion of Interstate 5 between Olympia and Seattle.
Highway 101 from Olympia and up the West sound has always been one of my stress relieving roads, whether it's in the truck or on a bike. I'd often drive it back from Olympia after a particularly hard day there. It is much quieter than the blasted I-5, and goes through small towns and winds along the Sound, and because it's on the West side, you have to take a ferry back across the water to end up in Seattle. Nothing caps off a trip like a ferry ride home.
We stopped and ate lunch outside of Shelton in the town of Alyn at one of my favorite little roadside burger joints -- Big Bubba's Burgers, and ate outside in the sunshine before racing another 15 miles just barely miss the 2:55pm ferry back to West Seattle. We sat for an hour on the dock and then took the next boat back home.
I've got a number of bills waiting on the Governor's desk for her to sign -- and I usually attend the Bill Signing and have my picture taken and get a pen from her. But I have enough of those already, and I'm not looking forward to, nor do I have a reason to head back to Olympia any time soon. I used to have a button that said "Happiness is Olympia in Your Rear -View Mirror." To have it in the rear-view of the bike is even better.