Trip planning PDX to anacortes

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

  1. Pro_Marinero

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    Do you like artery-clogging food, coffee you can chew, and living on $45/day maintenance and cure when you get hurt? :deal
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  2. Hammer

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    OMG! Too much to list!
    I used to travel the San Juans doing service work. Got paid to go here and there and keep boats running.
    On Orcas, take a ride to Deer Harbor. Like stepping back in time. If you wanna take a whale watching tour, Deer Harbor Charters will take ya.
    On San Juan, if you like walking the docks and seeing what kinda boats are tied up, either Friday Harbor or Roche provides some eye candy. In the summer, some of the vacationers provide some eye candy, too. Lunch at Roche is a must do for us when we tour San Juan.
    Park the bike by the airstrip at Roche and walk up to the Afterglow mausoleum. It is a rare thing to get to tour the haunts of a 32nd degree mason.
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    Lime Kilns, geocaches, there's a lot to see around San Juan island. Watch for the outdoor art gallery just outside Roche.
    Lopez is a pretty sleepy little place. Nice views from the south end of the island, and some rugged coastline, but much of it difficult to get to from the roads.
    Make sure you ride the Westside road either to or from Roche. It is a treat.
    Take your time. The islands are one of the few places going slow on a bike has its rewards.
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  3. Smellyhound

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    I was just telling Sirloynz we were
    planning a real leisurely pace. We have plenty of time. He gave me a few good ideas, so it's all good. Going to post up a thread for ideas a little closer to our departure date. I really appreciate all the info... And I'm sorry I hijacked yer thread. I know that never happens here :-)
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  4. mtbdemon

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    Thanks for all the great feedback-I just mounted my new Kenda Big block tires (I didn't want to wear out my Dunlop 606's) new rear brake pads and install my Giant loop bags so I'm getting close for my first big ride of the year. If anyone sees a KTM adventure Thurs,fri or Sat please come say hi!!
    Looks like I will be taking the ferry from Port Townsend-Does that ferry run on a close schedule? Thanks again for all your feedback

    Ken
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  5. sirloynz

    sirloynz Puny Human

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  6. Smellyhound

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  7. Hammer

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    No need for reservations on a bike. Bikes load first, except the 4th Sunday in September, which is Oyster Run in Anacortes.
    The ferry is brand new this year, too, and has quite a bit more capacity. Last year was a b!tch, small substitute ferry while the new one was built, and lots of back-ups.
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  8. dammitdave

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    Yes, the ferry runs reasonably close to on time but is subject to tide related cancellations. Use the link to get a reservation and you avoid a possible wait. The boat crews are great and will usually squeeze you on even without the res but you might get a one ferry wait at peak times. dd
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  9. Smellyhound

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    Good to hear. Just based it off of prior experience and what the WSF site said. Looks like the second one is finishing sea trials :clap
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