Oyster Run 2008
Anacortes WA

Trip Date: 9/28/2008

Features:

  • Mukilteo/Clinton  Ferry Ride
  • Whidbey Island
  • Deception Pass
  • Anacortes
  • Many Great Food Vendors
  • Music
  • Beer
  • Misc. Vendors
  • Allot of bikes!

Hazards:

  • Allot of riders

  • Pedestrians!
     

 


Oyster Run 2008 Ride Video

16:9 Widescreen (400Kbps 22.7 MB)


Oyster Run 2008 -Ghost Rider Special Edition

16:9 Widescreen (400Kbps 21 MB)

Trip Details:

Many years ago a guy called "Limp Lee" and a few friends rode to a small tavern in Marysville called the California Tavern. They rode there to eat Oysters. The next few years they made the same ride with more riders joining each year. It wasn't long and the number of riders was over 200. Limp Lee searched for a new location that would be able to handle the crew. Anacortes board welcomed the rally but with reservation. Most of the shops closed up for the event. Those who stayed open reaped the dollars the riders were there to spend.  The following years the town stayed open with one successful rally after another. The rally continued to grow and has grown every year. I have heard rumors of bikers in the numbers of between 7 and 15 thousand. This year would top last without a doubt. I have ridden the Oyster Run  since 2006. Each with video. Last years video was featured on the Anacortes Now web site. No one that I know of seems to know how Limp Lee got his name so I guess we will leave it at that.

RobsNet Oyster Run 2008 Anacortes WA Washington on a Honda Goldwing Ride video photos maps motorcycle roads Bikes bikers Harley Rally Today was my 3rd ride on the Oyster Run and the weather couldn't have been any better. My ride started with a little low clouds and some minor fog in the federal way area. I departed Tacoma at 7:40 AM. I left 30 minutes earlier then last year in hopes I would beat the bulk of the herd to the Mukilteo Ferry terminal. The trip up I-5 went quickly as traffic was light. There were several groups of riders heading north as I was so I took several opportunities to pull in behind them or pass them while rolling film. Or should I say digital tape.  By time I was riding through Seattle the sun had burnt off the thin cloud layer and was working on warming things up. After a ride up I-5 I took the hwy 525 exit and made my way down hwy 525 to the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal. I was surprised at the number of bikes that had already arrived. I ended up half way up row 9.  I made a mad rush to pay my fair both ways as the Ferry was loading. My haste didn't pay off as the Ferry was soon full as the last bike from row 8 was boarded. No worries here. The Ferry service was running two Ferry's so the wait wasn't long. As the next ferry docked and let off those coming from Whidbey Island the bikers started their engines. Soon the quiet morning was overwhelmed by the thunderous roar of several hundred Harleys. I couldn't even hear my Goldwing running. We soon boarded the vessel and I was positioned near the front. The ride across was short and breezy. The morning air ob the water was a bit chilly.

RobsNet Oyster Run 2008 Anacortes WA Washington on a Honda Goldwing Ride video photos maps motorcycle roads biks bikers Harley Rally

Once we docked on the other side, the sound of thunder began again as several hundred bikes started their engines and began departing the ferry. I pulled off at a nearby fuel station to fuel up and let the herd go by. Others had the same idea. There were about 60 bikes in the parking lot of the Chevron station. Once fueled, I headed up hwy 525 Behind a small group of bikers. hwy 525 stretched about 22 miles of Whidbey islands length before it tuned into to hwy 20. This is where I took a it of a detour. I have done this each year and found few riders go this way. I made my way down to Beach Rd. This is a great 11.5 mile detour that runs along the shoreline producing some awesome views of the water. I ended up turning back on to hwy 20 near the Whidbey Island Navel base sign. I had to stop and take some pictures of the Jets they have sitting on giant pedestals. From here it was a short 7.2 miles north bound on hwy 20 to the Deception Pass Bridge. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to stop and take photos.  The view from the bridge looking east this time of the morning is spectacular. The water had a green tint to it and Mt. Baker was hover above the cliffs on the other side of the water.

RobsNet Oyster Run 2008 Anacortes WA Washington on a Honda Goldwing Ride video photos maps motorcycle roads biks bikers Harley Rally by Deception PassOnce back on the road I took the next left on the other side of the bridge. This as usual separated me from the herd. I rode Rosario until it turned into Marine and soon I was riding into Anacortes. This is a great route as it brings you into Anacortes from the side away from the thousands of bikes making their way down commercial Ave. I made the left at the Safeway on to Commercial and headed into the heart of Anacortes. I couldn't believe the amount of bikes. It looked like much more then last year. I found a parking spot about 3/4 the way down and tuned off my wing. There were allot of folks! I grabbed my camera gear and made my way through town snapping photo after photo block by block. One thing I did notice there were less Boss Hoss bikes this year. You know the ones with the V-8's in them. They are crazy looking bikes.

RobsNet Oyster Run 2008 Anacortes WA Washington on a Honda Goldwing Ride video photos maps motorcycle roads biks bikers Harley Rally

The sun was really warming things up as I was making my way through town. I ran into Gary from work as well as some folks that have visited this site. When I pull up with a couple cameras mounted on my wing folks just have to ask. As I stated earlier we couldn't have asked for a better day. This year I went for the BBQ pulled pork sandwich and it was really good. I also had the best Strawberry Shortcake. As much as I hated to, I had to bypass the beer garden as I had to ride home in a couple hours. One of these years I'm going to get a room so I can partake in the festivities (Beer Gardens). The day went well and I snapped over 239 & 800 MB of photos. As far as video I used 3 DV camcorders. Two of which were mounted on the bike at two different angle. The 3rd is a hard drive camcorder I use for shooting off hand. Soon it was 2:30 PM and time for me to beat the herd out of town. The trip home was quick and uneventful with the exception of a small group of riders cutting across multiple lanes only to cut right back. Man... It isnít worth it!

I keep hearing folks state that they are afraid to make this ride due to the sheer number of riders. IF your reading this and have the same concerns, I can offer this... Try it once! You will find it is a very well organized rally. Once you get in to town there are folks to guide you through town to a parking place. You have to try it once! The folks of Whidbey Island and Anacortes welcome you. Some stand at the roadside waving American flags. It is really a great experience. 

 A special thanks goes out to those who donated their time to plan and assist during the event. They did an excellent job at keeping things safe for all who attended.

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