Oct 1 2011

…to Bodega Bay, California


We were off this morning fairly early from the Red Lion hotel.  We had a good night’s rest and those football players were as quiet as mice.  Maybe if they win today they will be rowdy tonight.  Good thing we were not sticking around to find out!

Halfway through Eureka downtown proper Jeremy had a eureka moment!  I am probably not using that saying properly but I had to use it somewhere.  Jeremy realized he still had our hotel key cards in his pocket, so we saw downtown Eureka three times today.  And Koira got to bark at people on the street too a little more than usual. Continue reading

Sep 30 2011

…to Eureka, California


Today we had to say goodbye to Lincoln City and our little cabin by the ocean.  Too bad we are not coming back through Lincoln City on the way home.  Apparently, they are having a 50% off their off-season prices deal next week.  That would make it about $30.00 a night for us.  Darn!

We were on the road early this morning for us.  We managed to get the bike loaded by 8:00 AM, including a cranky little dog who wanted to stay in bed.  We headed out under gray skies with a major Oregon winter storm chasing our tail.  It was all about getting through the storm front today and, hopefully, crossing the border into California. Continue reading

Sep 29 2011

…to Lincoln City, Oregon


No, it is not a typo.  We decided to stay an extra day in Lincoln City to play tourist and rest our weary bones.  The Sea Horse had a cabin available for us but we had to switch to 114.  Very similar to 112 but just no fireplace.  It is too hot right now for a fireplace anyway.  Maybe in another month it might be cool enough to use one.

We wandered around “downtown” Lincoln City for a little while today and checked out the gift shops.  I found a fisherman’s small  glass float at an antique store to remember our trip here.  I took a picture of it just in case it does not make it home in one piece.  I am going to have to protect it well in my sidebag.  We might have to come back to Lincoln City in the winter.  Every year, from mid-October to Memorial Day you can comb the beaches here for glass floats that city volunteers have “planted” on the beaches here.  You find it, its yours!  They are quite pretty.  Jeremy’s treasure find today – homemade caramel popcorn, chocolate-coated “sea foam” toffee,  and bacon-flavoured toothpicks from Candyland. Continue reading

Sep 28 2011

…to Lincoln City, Oregon


Despite another early wakeup, we did not manage to get going until 9:00 AM.  Once we were close to having the motorcycle packed up, we took a short stroll to the end of the Astoria River Walk.  We did not see anymore “wharf” rats, but I got to see my first banana slug.  I think it must have been Koira’s first experience with any type of slug.  Koira could not care less about it but I was not a fan.  Jeremy showed me how touching the attenae made them retract, but I still was not a fan.  Too much like an earthworm.  Not a fan of them either. Continue reading

Sep 27 2011

…to Astoria, Oregon


Today everyone slept in – even Koira!  We must all have been a little tired from battling the rain and wind yesterday.  We were even late for the complimentary breakfast at the hotel but Jeremy managed to get the hostess to turn the waffle-maker back on for two more sets of waffles.

We decided to start out in our rain suits today as the weather forecasts were predicting rain all the way to the coast.  The ladies at the visitor centre in Yakima had also warned Jeremy that there was a chance of snow through the pass.  At first we thought we were sitting in our portable saunas for nothing, but then the rain caught up to us.  Even despite the drizzle and the cold through the pass, the Old Natches Highway and Gifford Pinchot National Forest was beautiful.  It is right up there with some of the best motorcycling roads we have been on.  It was a nice surprise.   If Jeremy had known how nice it was going to be, he would have worn his helmet cam again. Continue reading

Sep 26 2011

…to Yakima, Washington


Well, we made it across the border into Washington!  All that worrying about Koira’s wellness report and vaccinations and the border agent did not even ask to see her paperwork.  I was more of a problem at the border than Koira, being too slow taking off my helmet and sunglasses and by getting off the bike when I was not asked to get off.  The only issue crossing the border was Koira’s Canadian made dry dog food – Orijen.  I know this food is sold in the United States as well as it has won “Best Pet Food” awards over the last few years in Canada and the United States, but it would have been a bit of a pain to try and find it for her if they confiscated it at the border.  We had to pull over to the side and wait for a Department of Agriculture officer to “come out and talk to us.”  I think Koira’s cuteness helped us yet again.  When he saw how little we were bringing across the border to feed her for two weeks he said “Ah, that’s nothing.”  Koira was batting her long eyelashes at him and acting all sleepy.  She knows how to play up to people when she has to.  His only concern was whether there was any lamb in the food.  Good thing I cut out the label of ingredients and put it in her portioned out bag of food for him to see.  We did not mention that Koira sleeps on a bought in Canada sheepskin in her Pet Palace.  She has allergic reactions to eating lamb meat but she LOVES sleeping on lambskin.  With a few suggestions of what to see and do on the Oregon coast from the Department of Agriculture office, we were on our way! Continue reading

Sep 25 2011

…to Osoyoos, British Columbia


Well, a dog’s schedule never rests, vacation or not.  Koira was expectantly standing on my chest at 5:30 AM this morning.  Time for a walk and then, her favourite morning routine – breakfast.  Not too many of the Hume Hotel guests are up at 5:30 AM, but thankfully there was a lady in the office to undo the locks on the front door to let us out.  Everyone understands a dog’s schedule, especially other dog owners.  Actually, Nelson is pretty quiet on Sunday morning at 5:30 AM.

Despite our early rise, this morning, we still did not make it on the road much earlier than usual.  By the time we packed up, posted yesterday’s blog, and had our complimentary breakfast of “huevos rancheros” (excellent wrapped in a homemade tortilla) delivered to us in the lobby because Koira was not allowed in the restaurant (which is perfectly understandable), it was already 8:00 AM.  It was raining during this time period anyway, so the delay let the clouds pass over Nelson a little. Continue reading

Sep 24 2011

…to Nelson, British Columbia


What a day for a ride! This is the first trip that we’ve started off not in a huge rain storm, and boy was it a nice change!

We were up early and had a leisurely breakfast, packed a few last-minute items, walked the dog and left. We took the easy way out of town through Bragg Creek then headed up to the Trans-Canada as far as Canmore before the first rest stop was ordered. Since we didn’t really need anything we stopped at the visitor information center on the edge of town so Koira could have a sniff and I could try out my favourite ride, then it was back on the bike.

After Canmore, we were riding new territory. Normally, we take the Highway 93 to Radium Hot Springs to visit Jeremy’s Mom but today there was no turning. We kept straight and headed towards Yoho National Park and Golden. I kept an eye out but, unlike my parents, I did not see any wolves running in the ditches. Koira would have loved to smell a wolf . . . from a distance, on a motorcycle, safe in her Pet Palace. Continue reading

Sep 16 2010

…to Home, Sweet Home


We actually did it!  We got out of our hotel and on the road by 7:00 AM this morning . . . in 5 degrees Celsius weather.  Oh, yeah.  That’s why we do not leave so early in the Northern States and Canada.  Petunia had scared us with her route of 800 KM to Ottawa, so we decided to aim for 12 hours of daylight just in case we needed it all.  We had not come close to an 800 KM day this trip, but we had one day last year that ended up being that long, so we knew it was in us to do it.  We were not looking forward to it, though. Continue reading

Sep 15 2010

…to Painted Post, New York


Well, we intended to get out early this morning, but we dawdled yet again.  We had a leisurely breakfast in the cozy dining room at the Summit Inn.  We really did not want to leave this hotel.  We will definitely have to come back for a visit again some time soon. Continue reading

Sep 14 2010

…to Uniontown, Pennsylvania


Today we let Petunia be our guide to get us near Falling Water.  We pretty much expected a day of interstates so we spent a couple of hours at the Natural Bridge Tourist Trap after packing up camp this morning. Continue reading

Sep 13 2010

…to Natural Bridge, Virginia


Well, we made some good time today on the Blue Ridge.  Maybe the space-time continuum sleeps in on Monday mornings.  The lack of weekend-trippers on the parkway probably helped too.  Before we knew it we had done 200 KM.  The cooler weather was turning us into quite the road warriors. Continue reading

Sep 12 2010

…to Boone, North Carolina


What the heck?  Why are we still in North Carolina?  This state must be huge!  Oh, I see, we’ve been on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  In fact, I think we found some kind of rift in the space-time continuum near Asheville this morning.  We took Interstate 40 about 53 miles west to the town of Cherokee, and as soon as we got on the BRP and started heading back towards Asheville, we were 90 miles away.  We need to figure out how to harness that negative travel through space and turn it into a new energy source! Continue reading

Sep 11 2010

…to Asheville, North Carolina


Well, the Holiday Inn Express in Washington, North Carolina may not be the prettiest or the cleanest hotel we have been in, but it had the fastest internet connection so far on our trip.  We spent some time in the guest breakfast lounge getting caught up on our blog and photo posting before setting off for the day. Continue reading

Sep 10 2010

…to Washington, North Carolina


Today we pretended we were tourists and spent the day cruising the seashore and seeing the sights.  It took me longer than usual to load up the bikes today because there was a parade of antique motorcycles going past and I kept forgetting what I was supposed to be doing.  There must have been a show or beach race somewhere today, but unfortunately we didn’t find it. Continue reading

Sep 9 2010

…to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina


Jenny was pretty excited to see the sunrise over the Atlantic this morning and had trouble sleeping despite having the certified comfiest bed in Ocean City, Maryland (according to the lighted billboard, anyways).  She was up way before daybreak and sat on our balcony waiting for the big event.  I waited until it was closer and lighter and rolled out there to watch.   It was nice of them to put lounge chairs on the balcony for us so I could nap between photos. Continue reading

Sep 8 2010

…to Ocean City, Maryland


What can I say about today.  Hot, hot, and more hot.  Apparently, it was suppose to only get to 78 degrees Farenheit today.  Hmmm . . . 34 degrees Celsius does not equal 78 degrees Farenheit. Continue reading

Sep 7 2010

…to The Poconos, Pennsylvania


Well, the internet just did not work at the Holiday Inn last night, so we thought we would go to the McDonald’s in North Adams as all the McDonald’s in the United States have WiFi apparently.  No luck with the WiFi.  Jeremy finally got his McDonald’s breakfast this trip, so it was still worth the stop. Continue reading

Sep 6 2010

…to North Adams, Massachusetts


Another good start this morning.  We were hitting the pavement outside of Sebago Lake State Park  by 8:30 AM today even though we had to pack up camp.  I think we are still on Atlantic time.  Eastern Standard Time will catch up to us eventually. Continue reading

Sep 5 2010

…to Sebago Lake State Park, Maine


Today was a heck of a day.  Somehow we got up and out of the hotel by 8:30 this morning, and when we got to the US border shortly thereafter, we gained an hour back when we re-entered the Eastern Time Zone.  Traffic was definitely on the light side as we cruised down the I-95 towards Bangor. Continue reading