June 09, 2010 GMT
A Distant Overture

24.5.10 Seattle, WA.

.
conf hill sign.jpg
.

conf hill room.jpg
What in tarnation...?
.


Her Maj and I roll into Frazier-town at 5pm on Sunday. She's as frantically enthusiastic about everything as the day she was born; I've got damp knickers, and not in a good way. My new motorcyclin' loons are nowhere near as waterproof as the accompanying literature would have you believe.

.
leggett tree.jpg
.


My cheeky little netbook thing (stupid Windows, unfortunately, chosen for price and the inevitability of it getting broken or nicked) allows us to set up a randomly-positioned roadside office downtown. Thieving wireless from the Swedish Health Centre across the road provides the means to locate, book and GPS-erize a reasonably-priced motel. (Days Inn! Hoorah! Usually a good call among the top five or six chains. Motel 6 - cheap but infinitely depressing; Knights Inn - cheap and either horrible or good, depending on when it was refurbished; Econolodge - nice but poky and overpriced; Travelodge - always good, sometimes expensive; and Rodeway - as average as it gets, but usually good value.

.
sea zoo eagle head.jpg
.


seat duck bar.jpg
.

Seattle is a serious microbrew town, so why not take my hand and join me for a stroll down to the Duck Island bar for a cold 'un or three?


.
seatbeer wai.jpg
.

Wailua Wheat: Clearly a lady's beer. Alright, but a bit lacking in PUNCH or indeed BITE, and with an effeminate logo.


.
seat rodeo pale diamond knot.jpg
.

Slane's Irish Red: NOM NOM NOM. Like a sort of pale-ish ale, with a porter-y toast finish (excuse me - I'm so not a beer critic. I like PBR fer Gawd's sake.)
Mudshark Porter: OOH YEAH! As above, but more so. More stouty, more toasty.


.
seat dog bar.jpg
.

(Meanwhile, the last ever episode of "Lost" is on TV in the bar, and there's a sign on the door saying "Come in, sit down, shut up". Fair enough - I've never seen an episode of "Lost" - imagine the hilarity when I ask the bar lady to give me a 30-second rundown of the last six mystifying years as the titles roll. "RUBBISH!" I yell at 10 minute intervals. "ACCORDING TO THE INTERTUBES IT WAS ALL A DREAM!" I shout with an increasing sense of entitlement as the drama peaks in parallel with my inebriation. Except - quite clearly - I don't.)


.
seat dissi.jpg
.

Iron Horse Brewery's Rodeo Pale Ale: - more hops than Kermit on a pogo-stick in a sack-race with Douglas Bader. YUM.
Steamerglide Stout: I was told by the bar lady that it was "thin". Thin stout! Nobody wants that.
Upright 6 Rye Saison: not quite as exciting as it either looks or sounds. I call it "Lost - The Finale".
The Dissident: a "sour ale" from the Deschutes brewery. OMFG. It's not cider, but it tastes like the best cider you ever had, with a triple shot of vitamin C. Not sure I could do a whole pint.


.
seat pliny.jpg
.

(I've thought of a new joke which I will now bandy around the "Lost"-rapt congregation [at least an hour into the show]. "Hey everyone! I've *air-quotes* LOST *close air-quotes* interest! Ha ha ha ha ha!"
Another great joke that doesn't seem to fly around here is going "HUH?" really loud at each ad-break. Ah well!)


.
seat peacock.jpg
.

Finally, and before I get punched, Russian River Brewery's Pliny The Elder: stiff, bollocks-out beer; tangy, no-nonsense ale. Fuck-off booze for men and women who couldn't give a fart about you or your glass of apathetically post-nouveau weevil puke. It's a slap in the ear with a turgid farmer's penis. OWCH.


.
seat orang.jpg
Me, writing this, closing time
---

Posted by Simon Fitzpatrick at June 09, 2010 06:20 PM GMT
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.



Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

Story and photos copyright ©

Sorry, you need a Javascript enabled browser to get the email address and dates. You can contact Horizons Unlimited at the link below. Please be sure to tell us WHICH blog writer you wish to contact.

All Rights Reserved.

Contact the author:

Editors note: We accept no responsibility for any of the above information in any way whatsoever. You are reminded to do your own research. Any commentary is strictly a personal opinion of the person supplying the information and is not to be construed as an endorsement of any kind.

Hosted by: Horizons Unlimited, the motorcycle travellers' website!
You can have your story here too - click for details!