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Oyster Run

berentson_steve_oysterrunweb06654How did the largest motorcycle run in the Pacific Northwest get started?  It all started with a few guys getting together at the end of the summer to go for a ride and eat some oysters.  The year was 1981.

Limp Lee had just returned from months of working in Alaska, He talked with the some guys and they all met at what was then the California Tavern in Marysville.  They then decided to ride along HWY 9, stop at some places along the way and end up in Everson to have oyster cocktails.

The next year a few more people joined in, the next year a few more, and by the fourth year there were almost 200 bikes!  Well, as the years went by there were just too many people to have an organized run up hwy 9, so Limp Lee talked to the beautiful city of Anacortes about having the run there. At first the town was not real hip on the idea, as they were not sure what to expect and most of the town closed up as the bikes rolled in. But soon more and more businesses stayed open and now the whole town has joined in….. and the rest is history.

Although the official “Oyster Run” is a one day event…some folks choose to stay in the area & make a week-end out of it.  Many places are full a year in advance, so book your rooms early.  There is no required route.  However, you can take the scenic route if coming from the South by exiting I-5 at Conway to La Conner to Anacortes.  The scenic route coming from the North is down Chuckanut to Edison to Anacortes.

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