Friday, October 7, 2011

Day 274/275/276 - Yakima - Seattle/Seattle

Distance travelled (by bike):  41,780

It was inevitable it was going to rain at some point on this journey, today was that day. As we drove from Yakima the heavens opened. We took the white pass through the mountains, getting colder the higher we drove, decending the otherside of the pass we pulled in to get fuel and defrost. While se were stopped we were told that there had been nearly an inch of rain in the last couple of hours, no wonder we were soaked.
We were told that it would be quicker to get to seattle by going though the national forest, a few miles later Matt was driving the Harley like a motocross bike, i don't think the suspension had ever experienced such a hammering, i secretly was waiting for it fail, luckily for Matt it didn't.
Tearing on through the rain we approached Seatlle, with impeccable timing hitting rush hour. Eventually pulling up at the hotel, having unloaded Matts bike it was good to get out of the rain and warm up.
Warmed up, dried out it was time to hit the town, after a few drinks, some pool and making new friends the bar was closing, not ones to call it a night early we piled into the barmans car and headed on.

A steady start to the day, a steadier ride to drop Matts bike off. Bike returned, it was back into Seattle to be tourists for the day. Birthplace of Jimi Hendrix, Nivana, Pearl Jam and loads of other bands Seattle has a huge music scene, its also known as the coffee capital of the US due to the consumption of coffee and the companies that were founded here, these include Starbucks and Seattle Best Coffee.
Touring the city we hit the major landmarks, the Space Needle, Seattle centre, Experience Music Project, Pike Place Market.
The Space Needle was built for the 1962 world fair, 184 metres high and built to withstand earthquakes up to 9.1 in magnitude it has become a major landmark and offers great views over seattle. The Experience Music Project museum is designed by Frank Gehry and funded by microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Housing a huge guitar collection and exhibitions documenting the history of settles bands, its an amazing place.
Exhausting the day we asked some of the locals where we should eat, again we hit gold, amazing restaurant/bar housed in the basement of some office building.

Today was a sad day, Matt flew back to the UK and reality hit that in two days this adventure would be over. 
Making the most of the day strolling around the city, a few drinks at the airport then back to the ranch to pack for the last push up to Vancouver tomorrow.

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