A friend of mine and I "participated" in the 2008 Oyster Run yesterday, Sunday. The Oyster Run is nothing more than an excuse to ride to the otherwise sleepy town of Anacortes, WA using whatever motorcycle-friendly route you choose.
I'd estimate that perhaps 20,000 attended the event. It's mostly cruisers, and most of those are manufactured by an American company. My ears are still ringing!
We rode 225 miles yesterday on our way to and from Anacortes. We met at the Lynnwood Park and Ride lot, approximately 20 minutes north of downtown Seattle.
We took I-5 north to Hwy 530 in Arlington, WA. We took Hwy 530 east through Arlington and then east into the mountains to the little town of Darrington. From Darrington we rode north to Rockport and the intersection with Hwy 20. Turn right here and head over the North Cascades Hwy, or turn left and head to civilization and Anacortes.
We rode Hwy 20 back west to Sedro Wolley and then Burlington. All the riders and gawkers made the 20 minute ride from Burlington to Anacortes take over an hour. Once we got to Anacortes it was sheer mayhem. Bikes and pedestrians everywhere. We spent about 20 minutes in town before deciding we'd rather ride than watch other people ride. so we got the heck out of town.
After leaving Anacortes, we took Hwy 20 south across Deception Pass and onto Whidbey Island. We rode to a lunch break at West Beach just west of Oak Harbor.
After lunch, we leisurely rode down the island to the ferry to Mukilteo. Motorcycles took over the ferry. I'd estimate there were 400 bikes on the boat. It was quite the impressive sound when everyone started their engines in unison upon arrival at the dock in Mukilteo!
Out of what must have been 10,000 bikes I saw over the course of the day, perhaps only 10 were BMWs. It's fun being the odd man out!