Sunday, November 1, 2009

Post-Halloween, Post-Daylight Savings Time Ride

With the change back to standard time, most people in North Bend are happy to have an extra hour of sleep. Except perhaps for the fellow above, whose downcast look shows his sadness that Halloween is over.

Daylight saving time in most of the United States ended this morning at 2 a.m. Most U.S. residents set their clocks one hour forward in spring and one hour back in fall. But, contrary to popular belief, no federal rule mandates that all of the U.S. states or territories observe daylight saving time. In fact, people in Hawaii and most of Arizona, along with the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands—will do nothing to their clocks. It's all standard time for them.

Today was dry and sunny, with the temperature just below 60 degrees F. I had no particular itinerary for this ride, so the pictures below are a bit of a ramble of places that I stopped at.
This bridge crosses the Snoqualmie River just near the Twin Falls hiking area. For those of you who read my earlier post on Olallie State Park, access to Twin Falls can also be made not too far from this bridge.

On the opposite side of this road is a Christmas Creek Tree Farm - North Bend is known as one of the best places to pick up a Christmas tree in Washington state, with no fewer than 6 tree farms in this small town.

Also on the same road as the bridge is what is called "Seattle East Travel Center" or "Ken's Truck Town" for it's previous owner before the TravelCenters America corporation took over the management of this truck stop. Truck Town is right off I-90 at Exit 34, and is just that - a town for the trucking industry, with repair facilities, gas pumps, a motel, restaurant, a driver's lounge, and a chapel. The restaurant is a great place for a homestyle, filling meal. Dining tip - TravelCenters America has just started offering their entire menu in many of their restaurants across America as all you can eat, which suits this non-trucker very well.
Back in the center of North Bend, the oldest church in town at around 110 years of age, North Bend Community Church, continues to provide worship services for the valley:

I continued my ride, stopping at the local espresso drive-through in Fall City. Here I met a gentleman riding a beautiful Honda CBR600:

We chatted for awhile - the owner is new to this area, and was looking for good places to ride, so I offered some possibilities to him. He left before me, and I thanked the ladies who made my coffee and proceeded home - with the change in time it gets dark early!


Mike said...

No particular itinerary on a sunny 60 degree day produce some of the best rides, especially in the fall. And meeting people along the way really caps it off nicely. A ride well done and well reported, Lance.

Conchscooter said...

A gentleman on a crotch rocket was worth a photo. Most of those youngsters are hooligans. Gentlemen mostly ride air cooled parallel twins, wouldn't you know.

Unknown said...


Now you tell me about Ken's Truck Town. That Twin Peaks cafe was only so-so, but since it was a landmark we had to try it, but next time something different.

Conch is right. Gentlemen don't ride crotch rockets. Unless of course, he was only disguised as a gentleman.

I'm also thinking that Gentlemen also ride 90 degree water cooled V-Twins, oh, wait a minute, that's what I have . . .

bobskoot: wet coast scootin

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Lance:

I would religiously turn my clock forward whenever advised, but I did not turn it back for the last 23 years. My purpose was to gradually hoard hours until I had enough to take a day off. Therefore, at 2:30am, I set my clock back 24 hours and gained an entire Sunday.

My second Sunday was nicer than the original that came attached to the weekend, and I too had a nice ride. Your pictures were nearly seductive with color and warmth. And your historically accurate air cooled parallel twin (so reminescent of the Battle of Britain) was a delight to look at too.

Great post today. It's nice to see a well-maintained Triumph.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads

irondad said...

I'm sorry, Sir, but you have exceeded your fun quota. You shall be sentenced to riding many great roads in Winter sunshine while trying not to enjoy it.

Let me know how that one works out for you!

Lance said...

Mike - thanks for your kind words. It was great to be out there - I didn't expect much when I started the ride, and maybe that is why it was such a good ride.

Conch - You are a fine judge of character; yes, gentlemen (and scholars)find the parallel twin to be a suitable mount.

Bob - neither place beats our lunch stop in La Conner, but I think that had a lot to do with the company.

Lance said...

Jack, thanks - I like your approach - that's real daylight savings time in action!

Irondad, I am not even sure I will be able to serve that sentence, as it is pouring rain now, and looks to be like this for some time!

bathmate said...

I liked it.

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