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    Route suggestions for Portland to Vancouver, BC?

    Hello all

    Currently in Portland to be hitting the road soon hoping for Vancouver (and then a long slow ride down the coast to the Mexican border)

    Any suggestions on route?

    Thanks much,
    Dan

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    Reverse the route for StP to get from Portland to Seattle. Then follow the RSVP route to Vancouver.
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    I was a bit confused what you meant but did some searching and figured it out.

    Cascade Cycling Club's site has great route information
    RSVP: http://www.cascade.org/EandR/rsvp/pd...temap_2009.pdf
    StP: http://www.cascade.org/EandR/stp/pdf...e_Map_2009.pdf

    Thanks much for your help



    Found this route as well: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...de-of-insanity
    Seems to be the most direct with a few sections where you have to get on the Interstate. Seems like it sticks to some access roads that parallel the Interstate for the most part
    Last edited by BikeManDan; 08-27-09 at 04:53 PM.

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    Ehh, the STP route is OK but I would suggest taking rt30 out to the coast and then bike up and around Olympic NP. Then take the ferry across to Vancouver island to Victoria, head north, and then take the ferry from Swartz Bay back across to Vancouver, BC. You could take the eastern way around the Olympics on your way to Canada and then take the western route along the shore for your route down to Mexico (for different scenery).

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    As noted above, the route following the STP (Seattle to Portland) and RSVP (Seattle-to-Vancouver) rides are less scenic.

    Coming through the Olympic Peninsula is more scenic.

    Another variation is to ride up the Olympic Peninsula to Port Townsend, Ferry over to Whidbey Island, and then ride up Whidbey Island to Bellingham, where you pick up the RSVP route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeManDan View Post


    Found this route as well: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...de-of-insanity
    Seems to be the most direct with a few sections where you have to get on the Interstate. Seems like it sticks to some access roads that parallel the Interstate for the most part
    I'd strongly recommend against taking this route, unless you like dodging cars and sucking exhaust.

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    I've you're just trying to get up to your starting point quickly, cheaply and easily, I'd roll I-5 up to Tumwater, exit 101. Take a right off the exit, then Left on Capitol Blvd. Catch the 13 bus to downtown OLY, Then catch a bus to Seattle. Should be about $5 worth of city bus rides to get to North Seattle from Tumwater.

    Start out around 5am on a Saturday and you can get to OLY before traffic gets really bad. Don't get on I-5 'til 179th street.

    Same stipulation that BengeBoy noted, however. Must be OK riding on mostly 10'+ wide freeway shoulder typically 5-8 feet from 70mph traffic. Run Mr. Tuffies, as the shoulders are dirty!

    I'll give you more details if you think this is the route for you.

    OR for $51 booked in advance, you can throw your bike on the Cascades and take the train all the way up.

    There's also a $1 bus from Salmon Creek to Longview with a stop in Kalama I've always wanted to try. There's also a Longview to Tumwater bus that's only a buck.
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