Saturday, June 15, 2009 In reality, this trip begins twenty five years ago with two young kids a year out of high school. In love and ready to face the world, we get married. Fast forward to about a year ago. Still married after all these years and as we are celebrating our twenty fourth anniversary, we have the discussion of what to do for our big “25”. In the back of my mind, I’m hoping at least for an Alaskan cruise. But she says “How about riding the motorcycles to Alaska?” “Sold! Done! Lets start planning.” Did I pick a good one or what? During the later stages of planning we realized the best plan would be no plan. No reservations. No goals. Just head north and see what happens. If you plan, something will go wrong and then it gets stressful. We both work full time plus, so we don't need any more stress. We want to leave that behind for two weeks. First day of travel had us leaving our humble abode, two horses, two dogs and three cats. Home is in Battle Ground, WA. We headed for the super-slab to take us quickly north-bound, I-5. Before we made it 20 miles we had to pull in under an overpass to put on rain gear. By the time we reached down town Seattle, it was stop and go traffic…with a lot more stop than go. We had to suffer through that for almost 20 miles before it finally broke. We stayed on I-5 until Bellingham, where we headed off on HWY 539 North. This led us to a smaller border crossing and an easy connection to Trans Canada Hwy 1 which we were taking to the coast. Going through Canada’s Vancouver, we got stuck in more stop and go traffic jam crap. Getting out of the major population areas and all this traffic will leave us with the peace and solitude we are seeking in this trip. Our mileage for the day was 354 miles. The bikes, all shiny and new. A just broke in ’09 R1200GS Adv for me and a ’09 F650GS for Sheila. Warming up and gearing up. Stopped under an overpass on I-5, putting on raingear. A sign of things to come. Traffic jam. Just wonderful. Some of the Seattle downtown sky line. Pulled in to the covered parking at the motel in Squamish, BC. Hills around Squamish.