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Idaho to Seattle

Monday, June 27, 2005
I'm back home in Idaho after riding the first leg of the trip, a very short and uneventful ride of 755 miles from my home in Rock Creek Canyon, south-central Idaho, to Seattle. I began my journey on Saturday, June 25, 2005, stayed overnight in Pasco, Washington, and on the morning of June 27 delivered the bike to SeaPac Transportation Services in West Seattle, where it will be prepared for ocean shipment to Vladivostok, via Los Angeles and Busan, South Korea.

For this short first leg I stayed off the interstates as much as possible, riding old Highway 30 as far as Mountain Home, Idaho, I-84 from there to Baker City, Oregon, and secondary roads from there to Cle Elum, Washington, where I was forced to take I-90 the rest of the way to Seattle. I had good weather and no problems of any sort, and the motorcycle handled well (no weaving) despite the approximately 100 lb of luggage on the rear of the bike.

I used STS Logistics of North America, located in Bellevue, WA., as the agent for arranging the shipping of the motorcycle to Vladivostok, and recommend them. They provided excellent, comprehensive services at the best price I could find.

After the flight home from Seattle, via Salt Lake City and Twin Falls, Idaho I await my own departure for Vladivostok via Delta and Korean Air on August 6. I've posted a few photos of this first leg in the photos section of this website.