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Old 10-29-2014, 10:01 AM   #1
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Hi all,

The weather looks decent this weekend and I'm thinking of doing one last (probably) weekend ride.

I think I want to avoid the mountains which means heading south along the WA coast. Its a nice ride and I really like the highway 112 part west of Port Angeles. I'll probably end up in the Longview/Vancouver/Portland area.

The problem is the return day. I've done the I5/405 thing a several times in the past Riding that route makes me never want to get on a bike again ...

Any suggestions for getting back to the border in a more interesting/less congested manner that doesn't involve crossing the Cascades?

I've done a meandering back road thing before and it was OK (don't remember the route) and I'm staring at Google without much luck....

thanks!
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:30 PM   #2
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You might try some Ferry hopping.
North on 5. West on 12 to Elma.
Cross the hwy and north to Matlock and Shelton.
Thru Shelton to Bremerton or north on 101 and some island hopping to hwy 20.
I've used these roads for Rally service. Good roads, Low traffic.

North of Everett, Marysville hwy 9, east of 5 isn't too bad.
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:06 PM   #3
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If you have the time, my monthly street group has done the following:
Start in Longview and head north on 411-Westside Hwy.
Turn left on 506 in Vader, becomes Wildwood, go until you turn left on Pe Ell-McDonald.
The take that road until you turn right on Lost Valley -- be careful of leaves and enjoy seeing your own taillight. Take that to Boistfort, go left on Boistfort until you hit Curtis Hill Road - turn there and take it to Hwy 6.
Shortly you'll turn left onto Bunker Creek Road in Adna. Take Bunker Creek to Ingalls and go right. Take Ingalls to Lincoln Creek and go left. Go on Lincoln Creek until you Manners and turn right.
From Manners you'll have the option to go right on Independence to the Rochester area or left on Garrard Creek to the Oakville area.
Both are on 12 but Oakville keeps you farther from the freeway and sets you up to go into Capitol Forest and bow up the single lane paved C-Line until you get to Bordeaux Road and Waddell Creek and eventually Delphi. Oakville also allows you to shoot left on 12 until you hit the e8-12 Hwy and go into Elma were you can jump right onto Cloquillum Road and start a whole new series of remote curvy roads to Shelton. (Oh yea, then go 101 as the tourist mentioned above - a little traffic clogged on weekends at times but almost always along Hood Canal and a nice ride.)

All of the above doesn't take more than a couple-three hours (especially at a good pace) and are about the most fun you can have on a street bike in Western Washington.
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:16 PM   #4
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Thanks!!

Thanks a lot guys! Much appreciated!

For some reason I hadn't even considered the west side of Puget

Gootch, I just plotted out your entire route and it looks really cool.

Now if only the weather will hold.....
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Old 10-30-2014, 01:55 PM   #5
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Drive through Forks, it's one of my favorite places......oh wait I live here haha
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:20 PM   #6
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Scenic Route

Here is an option you may like. Minimal elevation, lots of curves. Less traffic. I can PM you the GPX file if you want. Let me know.

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Drive through Forks, it's one of my favorite places......oh wait I live here haha
I'll go through Forks on the first day! Actually I've been through a few times and grabbed gas and a sandwich....I'm disappointed that I've seen neither sparkly vampires nor werewolves though!
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Here is an option you may like. Minimal elevation, lots of curves. Less traffic. I can PM you the GPX file if you want. Let me know.

Cool! Yes send me the GPX please
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Old 10-30-2014, 10:49 PM   #9
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I'll go through Forks on the first day! Actually I've been through a few times and grabbed gas and a sandwich....I'm disappointed that I've seen neither sparkly vampires nor werewolves though!
Wrong genre.
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Old 10-30-2014, 11:17 PM   #10
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Wong genre.
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Old 10-31-2014, 01:40 AM   #11
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Cool! Yes send me the GPX please
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Old 10-31-2014, 05:22 PM   #12
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Go west my friend, head west and cross the Astoria bridge and take 101 around to Port Angeles, ferry over to Vancouver Island, dude up to the Naniamo ferry over to Vancouver. It's a 2 day trip though but a good one. I've taken it from Gig Harbor, WA (101 around) and is a really long one day trip.
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:34 AM   #13
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Laugh Go West

He's from Vancouver and probably knows the Island better and the ferry expenses mount up quickly.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:20 AM   #14
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Laugh Gone West

Ya I live in Vancouver but went to school in Victoria and my parents live north of Nanaimo so I can probably drive the Island Hwy blind folded

Actually in August I did the reverse of the route shadhardman suggests. Vancouver, Victoria, Port Angeles (6:10AM ferry, show up at 5 for Customs!), Hwy112/101, Astoria, Portland. I like riding the Olympic but save it for early/late season when the mountains are dodgy.

I whine a lot about the weather here but really we live in the best bike country in the world. BC, WA, OR are one huge motorcycle playground! I have Nexus so the border isn't even an issue.
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