Spring has really been dragging its feet this year as we
have been experiencing near record cold temperatures. Today we
finally got a
break as temperatures soared to a balmy 62 degrees. I
thought it would be a great opportunity to ride the Issaquah Hobart
road to XXX Root Beer drive-in Issaquah. I have been wanting
to try the XXX Burger for some time. As for the route home, I
figured I'd ride down around Lake Tapps.
I spent about 30 minutes loading my gear into the Goldwing and
checking tire pressure etc. the basic safety checks I try to do
prior to each ride. Once the engine was warmed up I headed to the
Late stand in the Bargain World parking lot near PT. Defiance park.
They have the best Iced Mint Mochas! As always I opted to take the
scenic route along the Ruston water front and made my way on to
highway 705. The view of the water was great and there were allot of
people out and about enjoying the nice weather.
As I made the turn near the Tacoma Dome on to I-5, I was treated
to the usual traffic congestion. All the more reason to avoid I-5 as
much as possible. I only had to suffer for about 8 miles where I
turned off on to highway 18 and made my way down through Auburn
up the other side. As I made my way up Highway 18 the scenery began
to improve and traffic became lighter. It definitely was a great day
for a ride. I turned off highway 18 and took a left on to the
Issaquah-Hobart Rd. This was a nice road with a few nice turns. The
road led right into Issaquah where I intended to stop for a burger.
I was pretty hungry so seeing the giant XXX Root Beer sign off in
the distance made my day. As I approached the establishment I could
see numerous motorcycles and what looked like a bunch of older
Military vehicles. Turns out, there was some sort of a old military
show taking place today. From what I have heard this drive-in is
known for having different types of shows like this. The drive-in
had that old school look to it inside and out. I figured I was in
for a treat because of the amount of people lined up to order. This
is a very good sign!
at the counter, I ordered the XXX Burger and a large root beer. The
guy at the counter took my $18 bucks and told me they would call me
when it was ready. The first call was to deliver the root beer. Man
that was good root beer! Probably the best I have had. I sat in the
shade for another 10 minutes and over the loud speaker I heard "Big
Rob" several times. I thought that was funny. The guy behind the
counter has a sense of humor. When I approached the counter I was
shocked by the size of the thing. It was mammoth and the bun was
grilled and greasy. Extra points for that! Grilled onions, special
sauce, beef patties, lettuce and cheese were hanging out around the
entire thing. Right On! This place knows how to make a burger. As I
picked it up I noticed the bun was very soft as stuff started oozing
out all over. More extra points! After the first bite I was in
in hog heaven! By time I was half way trough I was starting to get
full and knew this now had knocked the Bunkhouse BBQ's Trail Boss
and Ranch Hand into the #2 position. Every bite left my face, hands
a mess. Yes, I said forearms! First burger I have eaten that dripped
juice and sauces all the way down to my forearms. The flavor was
unbeatable. I finished the thing slowly while enjoying the large
tall mug of root beer. Once done I had a pile of dirty napkins in
front of me and a tray full of fries. I couldn't eat one fry! I was
a mess. I had juice, sauce whatever all the way down to my forearms.
This was hands down the tastiest and most sloppy burger I have ever
sunk my teeth into. It just doesn't get any better then this! I was
so messy I had to go to the truck of the Goldwing and get the bottle
of Windex to spray my hands. Again, extra points! As I type this my
wife informed me that I have to take her to XXX root beer soon.
She's a burger girl! :-)
Once cleaned up, I made my way on to east bound I-90. This
was a nice 5.5 mile ride to the highway 18 exit. As I turned on to
18, I was thinking, I shouldn't of ate the whole thing. As I type
this my wife informed me that I have to take her to XXX root beer
soon. I rode highway to the Issaquah-Hobart Rd. Exit. I turned left
on to 276th Ave. SE and rode 3.8 miles where the road took a slight
bend and became Landsburg Rd. Soon it became Ravensdale Rd. SE. Not
a bad stretch of road. I followed a group of Harley riders for a
bit. maybe 20 riders in all. The Harleys created that thunderous
effect as the sound from the engines bounced off the hill sides. I
couldn't even hear my Honda running.
made several stops along the way to take some photos. One such stop
was at the Cedar river. nice place to stop. As I rode through Black
Diamond, I took note of the great view of Mt. Rainier. I soon turned
left on to Lawson Rd. This is a great stretch of road that has some
nice twisties. Be careful as you approach the Green River crossing
because as soon as you make the turn there is a stop light. The
reason for the light is that the bridge is a single lane bridge. The
light switches from east bound to west bound traffic allowing
vehicles to enter from one direction only. Once across the road soon
becomes Franklin Rd. There are some really bad areas in the tail end
of this road. This road soon turned on to 264th Ave SE and took me
into Enumclaw. I snaked my way from here through the town of
Enumclaw and back on to 410. As I rode through Buckley, I passed
another of my favorite burger joints. Wally's White River Drive-in.
This is another great burger stop. Not as good as XXX Root Beer but
definitely in the top ten.
rode Highway 410 into the Lake Tapps area and turned right on to
214th Ave E. This road changed names a few times as I followed it
around the Lake. I was treated with several great views of Bass
fisherman fishing near sunken stumps and a couple views looking
across the water with Mt. Rainier in the background. It was nice but
not as nice as I imagined it would be. There was allot of traffic as
housing is been steadily growing in this area.
It wasn't long and I was back on 410 heading towards Tacoma and
Puyallup. I Turned off on to Meridian and crossed the Puyallup river
and then turned on to the Puyallup River Rd. Home was near. The ride
was coming to an end as I soon entered and exited I-5 and rode past
the grain elevators on Schuster Parkway. The water front was twice
as busy as this morning when I left. Allot of folks were glad to see
the sun for a change.
Once again the end to another great ride. And the chance to enjoy
what I now consider Washington's Best Burger! A big thanks to the
folks at XXX Root Beer! You Rock!