Ted's Big Ride 2009---Day Thirty-One

Bellingham, WA to (around) Aberdeen, WA
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The ferry arrived at Bellingham more or less exactly on time. We had a Coast Guard escort, both sides, for the final 50 miles or so. I guess they look for drugs or people being dropped overboard. Claudia and Celestia had to rush off to try to carch the tight rail connection into Seattle; while I needed to totally repack the bike to get all my STUFF packed in a roadworthy condition.

I got on the road about 9:30am local and headed for the Boeing Factory. I had tickets for the 11:30 tour and arrived there at about 11:00. Great timing. There were no cameras allowed on the facility, so there is nothing I can show you here. What I can do is tell you that the building is BIG. One analogy was that you could lay down 6 Empire State Buindings INSIDE the factory and still have room left over. The planes, including the giant 747-8 looks small on the assembly line. We saw the brand new 787 Dreamliner units 3 and 4 being assembled. A beautiful aircraft.

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Riding time: 6 hours 50 minutes  (not including factory tour time)

Actual distance:
    Today = 396 miles,
    Total   = 6,261 miles  (includes 71 miles logged during ferry ride)
Average Miles/Gallon: 39.0
Average Price/Gallon: $3.01 (Premium Grade)
I went on the Boeing Factory Tour
I have 24 years with Boeing and this was my first opportunity to experience the plane building portion of the company

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Taking Hwy-101 thru Washington State is less than optimal. There is much clear-cut, with signs from Weyerhaeuser claiming that they reclaimed the forest after a hurricane devistated hundreds of acres of trees. Funny that it still looks trashy, they left piles of stumps, and did not replant after they 'salvaged' the destroyed forests. Later I noted that Oregon does not have any of these bare spots. Oregon certainly maintaing better comtrol of OUR national resources.

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Night is falling fast, I'm tired, so I stop in a Park 'n Ride. Find a grassy patch at the back corner, set up the tent and call it a day. I was alittle noisy in the morning as traffic picked up, but being Saturday nobody else entered the area.
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