Entries Tagged as Washington
After reading about Bike Overnights and S24Os on the Adventure Cycling blog, my friend Todd and I dreamed up a way to take a mid-week break to an island while not having to take any vacation time from work. We would ride to work with our bikes fully loaded for a night of camping, slave all day at our desks (or not), and ride down to the Seattle ferry dock to depart for Bainbridge Island in the early evening.
The wet Pacific weather this past winter had made us anxious to get on our bikes again, so we planned a spring tulip ride through the colorful fields west of Mount Vernon, Washington. The bicycling began and ended in Mount Vernon, but we loaded our bikes on Amtrak from Vancouver (Washington) to get to the start.
This is a really nice loop from Seattle that we did in August 2010. I broke it into two pieces for my 16-year-old daughter's first taste of touring. The route is about 145 miles. We rode downtown from the Gas Works Park area, ferried to Bainbridge Island, went north around the Hood Canal, down U.S. 101, and back up to Bremerton before ferrying back to Seattle. I'll leave the rest of the write-up to her; she did a nice account for a school project and has a route map, packing list, and description of each day. I've done a cross-country and a few other tours ranging from two nights to two weeks. I discovered the S24O concept, and loosely interpreting the concept I love the permission it gives you to just do something without being hung up on The Big Tour. I was SUPER psyched to turn my daughter on to touring. (Subsequent to this ride, Alex and I rode from Seattle to Missoula in 2011.)
On a Sunday my wife announced that she would like to get one more tour in before cold set in. By Tuesday I realized that she (and the time) was right and that the weather would be great. Thursday we decided to take the Iron Horse Trail over the Cascades to Cle Elem, Washington. Friday, we decided also to bring our 10-year-old along.
The state ferries that cross Puget Sound can be a quick and affordable way for bicyclists to escape the urban sprawl and enjoy a rural retreat.
Although these ferry rides are relatively short, I always feel that I've been deposited on a faraway shore with all my cares and worries left behind.
Last week, I rode down to the Seattle Ferry Terminal to begin an overnight bicycle tour to the Key Peninsula, a rather isolated part of the lower Kitsap Peninsula. How isolated? A barista I spoke with near the town of Home said she'd lived there 32 years and was still considered a newcomer.
"What a stupid idea".....one thousand feet into the three thousand foot climb up Forest Service Road 25 to the Mnt. Townsend trailhead I really began to rethink my brilliant idea of using my bike to go climbing in the mountains. At the end of the day, it is just a whole bunch of hard work to get things done in good style.
Riding your bike from Seattle into the woods of the Olympic National Forest is a challenging, but incredibly rewarding way to use a bicycle. There are many different destinations in the Forest worth sharing, but for now I'll describe my most recent trip: the High Steel Bridge over the Skokomish.