Northern Washington

ChesawYee Haw in Chesaw. Along a little back road in northern Washington is the town of Chesaw. Not too many buildings, but the horseback riders are fun to watch and the friendly pub serves good food.

MolsonMolson was founded in 1900 by promoter George Meacham and investor John Molson (Molson Beer). At one time Molson had a mining population of 300.

Omak StampedeThe Omak Stampede and Suicide Race was a new addition to the tour for 2011. It is a small town western rodeo that attracts nationally-recognized professional bucking bronco and bull riding cowboys. It was great fun!

WinthropWinthrop. The first white people were trappers in the 1800's, then placer gold was discovered in 1868. The oldest legal saloon in Washington is Three Fingered Jack's in Winthrop. Named after a local character who worked as a meat cutter - knife slipped - hence the name.

North Cascades HighwayNorth Cascades Highway. This best motorcycle road in Washington State is a joy to all the senses. The pavement is perfect, the curves are sweepers and esses, the scenery is tops, and it even smells good. Leaving out of the tiny community of Mazama, the road climbs and curves steadily past the towering peaks of Silver Star Mountain and curves under the majestic Liberty Bell Peak up to Washington Pass. There is a rest area at the pass with views down the classic shaped moraine valley to the Methow Valley, home of Mazama and Winthrop. We continued on to Rainy Pass with more sweepers and mountain views along the way. After a great set of linked curves we came out upon the expanse of Ross Lake. More curves along the lake and valley, then we reached and crossed Diablo Lake. After more fun riding along the cliffs with the Skagit River on our left, we arrived at Newhalem. Fun ride, eh?

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