After several days of hauling concrete blocks and bricks around the back yard, I felt it was time for a little moto adventure. A quick glance to the north from the back porch had my eyes feasting on the snow-capped summit of Mt. Baker. That was it then…a perfect destination for a perfectly sunny day.
Susan and I rolled out about 0920 hours, and in a few minutes we were northbound on Highway 9. Although the temperature was forecast to hit the 80’s by afternoon, the 63 degree morning felt pretty chilly. Susan had a chance to try out the new heated vest. Her assessment: “It was hum, ok”. Actually she said she was warmer but it was not the “sweaty, sweaty, hot, hot” she was expecting.
No worries, soon the weather was plenty warm. We cork-screwed our way up Hwy. 542 to the end of the road. Austin Pass at 4741 feet was as far as we could go this year. Due to the very late (or almost non-existant) summer the DOT did not get around to plowing the snow off the road to Artist Point.
Have a look at a few images from the top:
Well finally it was time to head down the mountain and get some lunch. Susan decided that we should re-visit the Blue Mountain Grill. We stopped there a couple of years ago on a similar trip and we liked the food, and the VIEW!
That’s about it. We rolled in around 1600 with about 240 miles of saddle time. Hope you like the photos. Kat