I’ve now ridden 3,430 miles on my motorcycle. Can you believe that?? I bought the dang thing in March and my first two rides were each less than 10 miles. At that time, 10 miles was PLENTY. So how do you go from a freaky 5 mile ride to a ride of say, 335 miles? Love. And a maybe a little bit of competitive spirit courtesy of SoundRider’s Cafe to Cafe Grand Tour.
Today, we decided to ride out to Waterville, Washington to visit the Coyote Pass Cafe. Our route took us over Steven’s Pass on Highway 2 to Wenatchee, and then north on Highway 97 to where Highway 2 splits off in Orondo. From Orondo, you drive up a twisty canyon road to the top of the plateau. Man Waterville is located in a beautiful setting! Rolling farmlands, big hills, and the Cascade Mountains on the horizon. The town looks like it has been struggling for years but I sure hope it doesn’t crumble and blow away.
There were other bikes in front of the Coyote Pass Cafe, so we were surprised when the owner told us that only 5 other Cafe to Cafe tour riders had been through so far. I ordered the french dip with their homemade bean salad and Boyfriend ordered the mushroom burger with chips. Sorry about the photo quality- my phone was very unhappy with the backlit food!
Both sandwiches were good, and I really liked the bean salad- crisp, clean, and with a nice acid balance. What really knocked us out was the bread pudding with a rum caramel sauce that we ate for dessert. I had no idea that I liked bread pudding until I ate this piece of heaven! Even better, the bread pudding was free for us, since we’re participating in the Cafe to Cafe event. Woo!
The cafe wasn’t busy, so we had a nice long chat with our server (daughter of the owner) and then the owner herself when she was done in the kitchen. After we finished and settled up, the owner came outside to take a picture of us for her Facebook page. We liked the place so much that we’ll try to swing in the next time we’re on that stretch of highway.
From Waterville, we drove north and then dropped into Chelan via McNeil Canyon. Our friends Todd and Sonya opened a new drop zone in Chelan a couple of months ago, aptly named Skydive Chelan, so we stopped by to check it out and visit with a bunch of the local jumpers who happened to be over there jumping. Sonya is actually who took me for my very first skydive- if you’re in the area and have always wanted to try skydiving, check out Skydive Chelan- with the gorgeous views and fun vibe, you won’t be sorry!