Trip planning PDX to anacortes

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by mtbdemon, May 5, 2011.

  1. mtbdemon

    mtbdemon Long timer

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    So, I want to go to Trawlerfest in Anacortes in a couple of weeks and REALLY don't want to ride up I-5. Is there a website a person can go to to plan a route to download to my Garmin? This is probably a dumb question, but when I did a google search I really didn't get much help.
    OR, should I just plan the trip on the Garmin from way point to way point?

    Thanks!
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  2. crazybrit

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    I've never heard of any route planning other than Google Maps (adding waypoints to guide it). Plus Mapsource of course. Curious on answers here.

    Are you asking about dirt or pavement? Ask as I'm looking for dirt routes West of I5 (Longview->Shelton) as I have to make a couple trips to Key Center this summer.
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  3. mtbdemon

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    Dirt would be great, but just anything but a major highway I can live with
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    Pavement wise (if you look at the maps) there isn't a lot of North/South routes and the usual Cougar/Randall path is closed till probably end June. When I was in your situation wanting to get to S/Puget Sound I basically rode up 101. Either from Astoria or Hwy 6 Vader-Raymond and hooked up with 101 there, then cut back in. You could ride 101 from Shelton North towards Port Towsend (thats an ok ride) and then take the ferry over to the mainland/Anacortes.
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  5. Hammer

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    I've been this route this time of year, and it is a good M/C shortcut. It's not less time, but it's far more fun on a bike. It's probably easiest to go clear to PT and cross the ferry to Keystone, then up Whidbey. There's even back ways up Whidbey if you like. I doubt you'll find much open this early in the way of dirt roads, most of which lead to elelvation, and snowpack this time of year.
    An aside, I used to work for Nordic Tugs, which should be prominent at Trawler Fest. It'd be fun to go and see lots of old acquaintances, but I have other plans that weekend.
    Enjoy!
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  6. Arzach

    Arzach never too old...

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    I would guess you probably have a place to stay in Anacortes but if you do not you can pm me .
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  7. dammitdave

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    In good weather you might go out to Westport on 30, take the ferry to Cathlamet and out 12 to 101 and Raymond. In bad weather it will be better to motor up to Castle Rock and take 411 to Vader and 506 to Wildwood Rd. Wildwood Rd will give a nice bucolic ride to Boisfort and the McDonald/Pe Ell rd to Pe Ell. From there take 6 to Raymond and North on 101 a couple of miles to Butte Creek rd, Smith Crk rd, Brooklyn and on to Oakville. From Oakville it's NW on 12 to Elma or East to Rochester to pick up the Littlerock, Wadell and Mckenzie roads to Mud Bay West of Olympia on 101. If you go to Elma you can go North on Cloquallum Rd to Shelton or take the Camilche Cutoff from McCleary to just South of Shelton on 101. Check local sources for snow on the Brooklyn/Oakville Rd. From Boisfort you can travel North to Curtis Hill Rd and Adna to pick up the Bunker Creek and Michigan Hill roads to Rochester. I have good friends in Wildwood, a sister in PDX and a loathing of the freeway. PM me if you need to stay in Port Townsend. Dave
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  8. kwisn

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    Listen to DD re: Oly Peninsula routes. He's the Obi of info. :D
    Have fun at Trawler Fest. I had to work it too many times to go on purpose.
    PM me if you have any need of marine contacts in Anacortes area as I was in that biz there for 30 something years. Spam off. :lol3
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    I don't have a place to stay as of yet. I was going to "wing" it. Thank you very much for the offer!!!
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    I would LOVE to be in the marine industry.......I think. I have an old woodie GB and love trawlers.....
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  11. Yaki-man

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    You might want to check this site: http://ridewithgps.com/
    where a route can be planned, see elevations, distances and download to your gps.
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  12. Smellyhound

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    There is a nice county park in Anacortes with very nice amenities and camping. (http://www.bing.com/maps/Default.as...d.YN927x161177332&style=r&mkt=en-us&FORM=LLDP) There is also Deception Pass state park if you can get in (fills up fast). I stayed at Fort Ebby near Penn cove. Very nice place, private spots amenities were alright, old but clean. The Facilities at Anacortes were nicer... shower/shitter/sink in one room, lockable doors, super clean. If you get the chance ride up to the top of Mt Erie. Nice one lane twisty road, with an outstanding view of the islands and Strait.

    Took this same route last year after Wetfest. Good ride. Went past the turnoff for Port Townsend and took the long way around to through Port Gamble. Took the Edmonds ferry and rode up 99 to the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry, then up to Oak Harbor. I think the Port Townsend Keystone route would be better as you avoid the mess that is Edmonds/ Everett. I like that area near Shelton (Grapeview?) nice place. Salt and sea smells do good things to my soul. I might have to go take a look at this "Trawler Fest" you speak of.
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    http://www.anacortes.org/ has a list of available lodging. The best place to stay would be in old town off Commercial Ave., between 12th and 1st (red). Most of the good restaurants are in that area. Safeway is on the corner of Commercial & 12th and open 24 hours.

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  15. calamari_kid

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    As for getting a route onto your Garmin, you can make a route in Google maps and use this tool, GMap to GPX, to covert it to a gpx file which can be downloaded to the Garmin. I also have a gpx file for a back roads route I use between Olympia and Kelso/Longview. Shoot me a pm with your email addy and I'll send it on over.
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    Recommend Seaboldts Fish House in Oak Harbor for fresh seafood. And Anacortes Brewery Rockfish grill. Good assortment of house taps, excellent food and the staff was the best. Nice link to the park, good info. My son has an Apartment over there we use when he's not at home. Kind of like a nice vacation home we dont have to pay for. When he is home we usually stay at Navy Lodge. Nice digs for $75 a night.
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    Yeah, the Rockfish grill has great food, beer and live music. The Brown Lantern has great burgers and brew, fish & chips too. The Majestic and Anthony's Home Port have the best happy hour food. Greek Islands is also good if you're into Greek food.

    The county shut the Guemes Island ferry down for repairs, so they hired a whale tour boat for a passenger ferry until repairs are complete. The ride is free and the scenery is good, if you feel like going for a boat ride. You can walk to the Anderson General Store on the island for food or coffee, then hang on the beach until the ferry returns. The boat launches from Anacortes at the marina.
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  18. Smellyhound

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    Really like Zorbas in Oak Harbor for Greek. Again, very nice staff, and good grub.Think I will try this Greek islands place when we come over next time. Is it "Marys Kitchen" in Anacortes, down the street from "The Islands" restaraunt? We had breakfast there. Kind of small but reminded me of places we used to go when I was a kid. Somebodies house they turned into an eatery. Good food, prices reasonable, nice homey atmosphere.

    I really dig all this info your listing. Wife and I are taking a week or so to ride the San Juans around August, basing out of OH as our place to stay. Youre giving me lots of ideas... keep it coming. Any place on Orcas, Lopez, or San Juan that's a must see when we go? Not to hijack the thread.:evil
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    Yeah, that's Mary's Kitchen in the converted house - good food, good atmosphere. The Calico Cupboard is probably the most popular breakfast place in town. The food is really good there, but it's a bit on the spendy side and there's usually a wait to get seated.

    Mt. Constitution/Moran State Park is a must see on Orcas Island. It's the highest point in the islands with an amazing 360 view from the observation tower.

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  20. Smellyhound

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    Very cool! I'll remember to pack my cauldron of boiling oil and bring extra arrows to fight back the hordes:lol3

    Yeah, I kind of hate people... so we didnt go there. Mary's looked like it was mostly locals (nice quite unintrusive folks) going for coffee and read the paper (we got there early). Apparently the overflow from The Island Cafe and Calico spilled into Marys as we finished. A bunch of demanding, pretentious jackasses lined up outside as we left. "What do you mean you can't seat a party of 15?". Im reasonably sure their Giganto RVs were parked right down the street.
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