Marv and I started from my house Sunday morning, planning to spend most of the day on local Skagit and Whatcom County roads. The major part of the day would be a ride up the Mount Baker Highway to Artist Point.
We got a late start from my house because I was being lazy, and had nursed my coffee longer than I should have. We pulled out of my garage about nine, and went in search of breakfast. I had a café on Highway 542 in mind. It’s a cool, out-of-the-way place with an Italian flair that has very good food. Unfortunately, there was a sign on the door that they were at a festival in Ferndale, and were closed for the day.
We took some side roads to South Pass Road, to Silver Lake, and eventually found our way to Graham’s Restaurant in Glacier. We took our time with breakfast, since we were in no hurry to be anywhere.
We followed the winding Mount Baker Highway up to Artist Point where we stopped for a while. Marv chatted up some of the other visitors while I took some photos. Artist Point has breathtaking views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. I read once that Picture Lake is the most photographed spot in Washington; I think it’s true. I have a couple dozen photos taken there over the past thirty years. The reflection of Mount Shuksan in Picture Lake is simply stunning.
Marv and I gathered ourselves and started wending our way back down the mountain. I had our next multi-day ride into BC on my mind, which is what drew me to lead Marv up to Sumas where we rode along Boundary Road. It’s a narrow two-lane road adjacent to a ditch that’s the boundary between Canada and the U.S. Canada has a two-lane road just a few yards on the other side of the ditch. The U.S. and Canada have the longest undefended border in the world. I hope the Canadians never attack, because Boundary Road is a real vulnerability. There are many cameras monitoring the line, so it would not be advisable to test the system.
Marv had afternoon obligations, so we went west to Ferndale to catch I-5. I took my turn-off at South Lake Samish to return home, while Marv headed south on the freeway for the 70-mile ride home. It was a stress-free ride with no real plan or agenda. It was a nice change.