Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Score: Snow 18, Scooter 0

We've just finished one of the worst snowstorms in recent history. Seattle had up to 6 inches, and in North Bend we had just over 18 inches! It was actually easier to get around North Bend, which gets snow fairly regularly, so the city is well-prepared with snowplows and sanding trucks. In Seattle, however, it was a mess. For some reason the city opted to wait out the snowstorm rather than plow the streets immediately, and what plowing was done was too little, way too late. Also, we don't use salt here for the roads - apparently this is a concern for the salmon habitat, although I just heard that all the sand and dirt that was spread on the roads is bad for the streams as well. In any event, the roads were very difficult to negotiate in downtown Seattle. It will normally take me about 10 minutes to get to the freeway by car from the office; last week, it took me an hour!

Seattle is pretty much rid of their snow, but as you can see, there is still a lot at my house. Also, some interesting icicles have formed.

I can't wait until I can ride again!
My best wishes for a Happy New Year!


Unknown said...

Happy New Year to you. Enjoy the snow as much as possible, Spring will be here before we know it.


Joe said...

Yikes, Lance! That IS a lot of snow sitting there on your deck. And to think I've been lamenting a few inches here and here, now and then.

Happy New Year!

- Joe at Scootin' da Valley

Baron's Life said...

I hear ya Lance. 18 inches of snow is a lot to deal with. We've had some here in Delta BC..Have to drive to Redmond on Sunday for my son's soccer game. Hope the roads will be drivable. I've been looking at the Kymko super 9...thinking of getting one in Feb/March 2009.
Happy new Year and keep those posts coming

Unknown said...

When looking at the KIRO news the other day it looked like the storm was targeting its load at North Bend. It snowed again last night and more forecast for tomorrow. Still haven't got the car out, our lane is nearly impassable.

Baron: the 2009 Kymco Super 9 is not the same as the 2008 Super 9. The major differences (for 2009) are: i) now air cooled, No longer water cooled ii) NO tach iii)rear brakes are now drum, not disk. for the $$ difference you should consider the Vitality 2 stroke, can be made to go super 9 speeds and is hundreds cheaper.

Unknown said...

Beautiful winter season there...Love your pictures a lot...

Happy blogging,

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Doug C said...

Wow! That's a lot of snow.

I heard on the radio this morning that some Ohio communities can't afford salt for the roads and are using experimental stuff like molasses. Molasses?

Happy New Year, Lance!

Stephen said...

I feel your pain.

As I look out my window, I would have to guess that the score on my side of the Cascades is Snow:30 Motorcycles:0.

Roofs are beginning to cave in everywhere out here. The business next to my shop, caved in yesterday just moments after I arrived to work.

Here's hoping for an early spring.


Heinz N Frenchie said...

We have been hearing about all the bad weather up your way. Hope things get better soon. You are in our thoughts.

Conchscooter said...

Now they say 30,000 people are evacuated due to flooding? Mud pictures please...w/scooter?

Unknown said...


I hope you are okay. I heard about the I-90 closure yesterday right at North Bend because of terrible flooding. Plus I-5 is closed at Chehalis. Seems like you got the worst of the storm. Many roads under 3 ft of water and rivers haven't even crested yet. Let us know you are OKAY,

Lance said...

Thanks everyone for your great comments - took a little break from blogging - I traveled to NYC for business, and guess what - snow there too! Not as much as we had, so I should be happy. We made it through the floods here OK (we're on high ground), and everything is pretty much back to normal.

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