So I got the new 2014 VFR last month and two weeks later I lost my job. I've been feeling pretty crappy about life in general but decided to get off my ass and enjoy the beautiful weather we are having here in Seattle and my new bike. Please indulge me for a moment While I preform a bit of self therapy before I get on with the ride. A good friend of mine and a good riding buddy has been dealing with cancer for the last few years. It began as lung cancer and has now spread to his brain. I spoke with him this morning and the tumor is applying pressure on his optic nerve and affecting his vision. It appears his riding days are over. Tough times lay ahead for my friend. My problems seem somewhat trivial all of a sudden. I was thinking of heading up to Windy Ridge on the West side of Mt. St. Helens, One of my favorite rides but decided instead to head North up to the North Cascades Hwy, another favorite. A quick jaunt up I5 to Arlington to connect with Hwy 530 which took me here, Oso, I had not been here since the tragic land slide and wasn't aware that I'd be going through here. For those of you not from the North West, in 2014 that hill side slid down and took 41 lives when their houses were buried. Its a sobering and emotional thing to see on person, and further drove home the fact that my problems were not so big. Made it to the North Cascades This little fella was not shy at all, he was hanging out in the woods while I took the previous photo and when I turned my back he came out of the woods coming closer. On the ride up to this point A few of his brethren had crossed the road some distance in front of me you always have to keep an eye out around here. Some other wild life I came across at a rest stop The weather was great! Traffic was non existent, and I was really enjoying the new bike, I think the suspension is still a bit harsh but I'm getting used to it. I made it up to Lake Diablo and took the standard "I was here" photo. I have similar photos at this location on two different bikes. One of the tunnels along the way. I'd never seen this before; looks like some pilot was enjoying some curves as well. Stopped for some BBQ in Marblemount, this is a great little destination for a ride with some good food. I rode right past but after smelling it as I went by I did a U-turn and came back. I headed home from there. It was a great day out! Some real Moto-therapy day, covered about 300 miles. There is nothing like a good long ride to clear the head and put things into perspective. Sorry for the wordy report but for some reason I was compelled to share it with the forum. The next ride will be to the dealer to get the first service done on the new bike. Thanks for reading.