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Riding info collected during the 2003 MGNOC National Moto Guzzi Rally

Mount Vernon is located an hour and a half north of Seattle and 45 minutes south of the Canadian border. If you've never been to the Pacific Northwest, you are in for one heck of a great ride. Spring & Summer is a beautiful times of year in the Pacific Northwest, You'll enjoy our warm days, cool evenings, early sunrises and late spectacular sunsets in Spring & Summer..

Our rally was held in Mount Vernon, Washington, is located in the beautiful Skagit Valley, 1 hours south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Mount Vernon is located on Interstate 5, and is served by airlines via SeaTac Airport in Seattle, as well as airports in Vancouver, British Columbia and Bellingham, Washington. Airporter shuttle service is available from SeaTac and Bellingham airports directly to the Cotton Tree Inn. Mount Vernon is also served by Amtrak passenger trains. Web site information for The City of Mount Vernon and HiWay Travels

There is a helmet law in Washington State.

Local Moto Guzzi Dealerships in Washington State.  
Skagit Powersports is extremely close to our rally zone. 
Moto International is operated by the author of "Guzziology".  Either Moto Guzzi Dealer should be pleased to assist you with any Moto Guzzi Needs.

SKAGIT POWERSPORTS
1645 Walton Drive
Burlington, WA 98233
360-757-7999
Email SKAGIT POWERSPORTS

MOTO INTERNATIONAL
7701 Aurora Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
206-297-3822
Email MOTO INTERNATIONAL


Skagit River at Mount Vernon

The Seattle Cossacks Performance

 Wherever the Seattle Cossacks ride, people watch and wonder in fascination, waiting for the next man to climb higher. No ropes, no props, no skyhooks, no gimmicks-they just climb. How can they do that on motorcycles? The crowd bursts into cheers and applause as the team glides past. The stunts, motorcycles (and the applause) have been going on for over 60 years.

The Seattle Cossacks Performed at our last Moto Guzzi National Owners Club Rally here in Washington to the total delight, fascination, and amazement of the crowd.  These are some fun natured friendly folk with a real zest for life.  

Lots more info on the Seattle Cossacks Website


Self Guided Tours

Do you need a break from the stresses of the daily hustle and bustle? Are crowded streets, smog, and traffic wearing you down? Well we have the answer in the Pacific Northwest. You just "gotta" do at least one of these tours.  Come early or stay later to do more and give yourself a real vacation.  Let us introduce you in 2003 to all the spectacular things that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. The unexcelled beauty and amazing variety of landscapes that are found in the northwest are sure to please all that come. But, what you might be most exhilarated with is our ROADS.  The 2003 MGNOC National Moto Guzzi Rally is being planned not just to appeal to those members that love to ride and talk about Moto Guzzi for hours and hours on end, but to their families as well.

The Ocean and Islands are just west of the rally site, to the east is  Mount Baker, S.E. is Mt. Rainier, and Mount Saint Helen's all within easy riding distance, or the Seattle scene, or perhaps stepping into Canada is what thrills you.  So many adventures, so little time.  Use it well, and keep your smile on.


Fort Casey Lighthouse
Admiralty Head Lighthouse (1903), Fort Casey
The Island Tour You may like to tour Whidbey Island, the second-largest island in the continental United States.  You can ride your Moto Guzzi to the breathtaking Deception Pass just 20 minutes from the Rally and cross over to the North end of Whidbey Island.  Be sure to bring your camera. You will need it!  Heading South down the Island you may like to stop at the quaint waterfront towns of Langley and Coupeville, or make a stop at the Greenbank Farm winery.  See Fort Casey, constructed to protect Puget Sound in the late 1800's,  explore the fortifications, enjoy the views of the sound, eat a box lunch, perhaps fly a kite.  At the North end of the Island you can turn around and ride back or hop on a half-hour Washington State Ferry in Clinton - crossing the Puget Sound Seaway to Mukilteo.  There you can reach I5 to drive back North to Mt Vernon.  This would likely be a full day adventure, at least 8 hours.

The Skagit Valley Coastal Tour – A shorter, easier day of touring. Travel back roads through the farming countryside of Skagit Valley to the picturesque town of LaConner. LaConner's small turn-of-the-century downtown is perched on the waterfront and features numerous "on your own" lunch spots, interesting antique and crafts shops and three museums (Skagit County Historical Museum, LaConner Quilt Museum, and Museum of Northwest Art) which will be available as optional attractions. From LaConner travel (by bridge) to Fidalgo Island and the town of Anacortes. Use Hwy 20 from Anacortes to return to Mt Vernon.  Allow at least 4 hours. Downtown LaConner
Downtown LaConner
  • Anacortes is home to the world's largest fleet of charter pleasure boats and is the "jumping off point" for the San Juan Islands. A trip to the San Juan Islands would also be gorgeous, but requires most of a day.  However, you could be an early bird, catch the 1st ferry to famous and beautiful Friday Harbor for an Island Breakfast; circle the island (1 hr.), and be back at the rally site by about 2PM !  Fantastic Adventure

Chuckanut  Drive Tour

From the Rally to Bellingham at the end of Chuckanut Drive will take approximately 2 hours and depends on stopover times.  (Do this Ride !)

Directions From the National Moto Guzzi Rally, go North on I5.  The exit is just north of Burlington and marked as exit #231. Chuckanut Drive takes you through gorgeous farmlands, in and out of the towns of Allen & Bow, with some of the area's best Restaurants, Bed & Breakfasts and Antique & Art Galleries.  Drive ends in the city of Bellingham.  You can return via I5 or back the way you came.

 

How could you go wrong with a name like Chuckanut Drive...just north west of Mt Vernon and south of Bellingham, lies a pretty stretch of road that winds along the ocean. Pretty vistas, sharp corners, and narrow stretches make this the perfect stretch to be driving one of those old Moto Guzzi Motorcycles for the nostalgia, or the sleek new ones to soak up the curves! End by exploring the old historical district of Fairhaven in Bellingham. Lots of quaint shops in Fairhaven, and our favorite place to stop for lunch is the Colophon Cafe/Village book store, or Dos Padres Mexican restaurant for dinner. A great spring, summer, or fall drive.

Other Attractions in the Area


Seattle from Kerry Viewpoint
1 hour drive going and again returning
hour drive going and again returning


2 hour drive going and again returning

2+ Hour Drive going and again returning

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