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March 06, 2014
Three Must-See Washington Rides
Start Planning Your Spring Riding Calendar with These Scenic Trips
Spring is coming... it's just a few short weeks away. We can feel it, and we're ready. Because spring only means one thing to those with motorcycles: it's riding season.
We at Eagle Leather know when to count our blessings--and we certainly count our location amongst them. Sure, living in the Pacific Northwest has its rainy drawbacks, but Washington is just gorgeous. the landscape and scenery we have direct access to is worth every penny spent on rain gear.
We've compiled this list of three rides every Washington rider should take this spring--plus some recommended gear for each location.
Ride #1: The Whidbey Island Loop
a ferry ride across the Puget Sound, then disembark on Whidbey and
Camano Islands. Beaches, parks, museums and whale-watching are popular
activities on this motorcycle tour through the Pacific Northwest. This
ride starts in Everett, WA and heads west where you'll take a ferry
across to Possession Sound. It takes you through some historical island
communities, as it winds around the island and through Ebey's Landing
National Historical Reserve and Deception Pass State Park. The road is a
fairly straight with a few curves and corners the way. The ride takes
approximately 4 ½ hours to complete. We recommend picking up some XL-1 Advanced Matte Black
sunglasses for the ride to protect your eyes from the sunlight and
allow you take in all the views. They are made in the USA, have
changeable lenses to provide all day protection, and exceed ANSI
Z87.1-2003+ Safety. Their unique No Tears system provides total sun/sand/wind protection.
Ride #2: Anacortes to Deception Pass State Park
Pass State Park is an affordable getaway, with 400- to 600-year-old
trees, glorious beaches, prime picnic areas, tide pools, rocky
headlands and sweeping views to the farthest horizon. The tidal rip
through Deception Pass is unique in Washington, and it’s fun to watch
boats jockey the passage. The end-of-the-world view from Rosario Head
is not to be missed. The sense of space, sea and sky are matchless. Just
for fun, pack a picnic for West Beach and see how many Olympic peaks
you can name. With all the breathtaking views, we recommend bringing a GoPro camera
with you so you can capture the scenery to share with your family and
friends and relive the ride years later. The GoPro has a wearable,
mountable design and has a wide angle to capture every angle of your
ride. The quality is professional, with HD video and 12 MP photos. The
rugged housing is waterproof to 197ft/60M and captures sharp images
above and below water. New advanced camera settings like Looping Video,
Continuous Photo, Manual White Balance control, and Protune Mode make
this camera a must have. Pick yours up at Eagle Leather today.
Ride #3: Olympic National Park Loop
Make a loop around Olympic National Park and ride through the rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula. This scenic ride takes you through the spectacular Olympia National Forest and through the lush green Pacific Northwest rain forest. You'll ride along the Pacific Ocean coastline then parallel the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca before returning along the Puget Sound. Rain gear highly suggested, but a little rain is worth the beauty of the ride. If you need to pick up a rain suit, consider grabbing our Neon Passport Suit with durable, 600 denier poly construction, H2O BLOK™ Waterproof and breathable fixed liner, back protector compartment with foam pad, and a removable, full-sleeve EverHeat® thermal liner. The suit also has a zippered chest, sleeve & rear exhaust vents for flow-through ventilation, and a dual waist strap adjustment for a custom fit.
Share photos of your favorite Washington rides on the Eagle Leather Facebook Page!Want more ride info? Plan your entire riding season with The Ride Guide!