The ride was this weekend and it was a complete blast! My wife and I rode this together, there were 1400 people starting the ride on Saturday. The first day was 104 miles, Seattle to Bellingham, WA. I can't believe how beautiful this part of the ride was, very different than the Seattle to Portland Ride I did a month or so earlier. The second day was 84 miles into Vancouver, BC, most of it beautiful until you get into the city (the country was much nicer).
The first day we took us some nice places like Bothell, Woodinville, Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Bow. We even got to ride along side a lake named "Big Lake". Yea, I thought that it was a funny name as well, but it is name appropriately. The tough part of the first day was at the end when we went up Legg Rd where the last set of hills started, around mile 90. Really, who puts hills at the end of a long ride Actually it wasn't as bad as it could have been since I just started to get my second wind. The view over Samish Bay was just spectacular, not to mention that I was able to share this part of the ride with my wife. She made it up the hill faster than I did, but the great news was that I wasn't last and I didn't have to stop to get up the hills!
The second day didn't seem to have as many hills so it was easier and shorter, only 84 miles. When I rode the STP, the last 2 hours were really hard, this time it seemed like the ride was shorter and I was not as tired, even though this is a much harder ride. The first day took a little over 7 hours to ride and the second day was a little under 6 hours. The last hour or so of the ride was in the city which was very slow going. I am very glad to say that my legs didn't hurt very much at all and my butt could have stayed on the bike longer. I will not get back on my bike until tomorrow.
Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know that this is really a great ride to do if you ever want to do a scenic double century. I enjoyed it much more than the STP (Seattle to Portland) but it is a little harder. Here is the info on the ride if you are interested.