Explore Washington – March 17, 2024

As predicted, the weather for our Sunday ride was just outstanding.  Nine bikes with 10 riders assembled at our McDonalds departure point at 9:00 AM and after a pre-ride briefing the group made its way down Fraser Highway and then south on 264th St. towards the Lynden Border crossing. 

With only a few cars ahead of us, the group quickly checked through US customs and proceeded east and then south to Silver Lake State Park.  We made a brief stop at the lake, taking a few photos before mounting up again to continue through the 25 kms of Mosiquito Lake Road.  This road can be technically challenging.  In 2019, a group of LRRMC riders happened to arrive at a scene of a tragic accident where a US rider crashed his bike along a guardrail along a sharp curve, throwing the rider and his passenger down a steep slope.  The rider was seriously injured but his passenger hit a tree and died on impact.  The group was warned of this and we took our time negotiating the turns.

It was a long ride between Silver Lake and our lunch stop at the Big Lake Bar and Grill and many expressed a sigh of relief to finally get circulation to their mid sections.  It was 1:45 when lunch was served and 2:30 when our bills were paid and we were back in the saddle. 

Several re-fueled in Sedro Woolley and we continued east until we connected with Chuckanut Dr.  The group got extended while on Chuckanut and by the time we reconnoitered in Bellingham, some confusion set in and the group fractured apart. 

The remaining riders continued following the route through Birch Bay and after arriving in Blaine, we said adieu and called it a day.

A big thanks goes out to John Finley for being the tail gunner and a big welcome to Isabel, Lenka (my apologies for not getting the spelling correctly) and Martine and Nellie who made their first rides with the LRRMC.  We hope to see you out on the next ride.

Scott Maynard

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