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Originally Posted by moleman76
Interesting idea. I've only done the ride clockwise. Counter-clockwise will get you more places to stop for breaks/snacks etc. in the last part of the ride, and will turn some descents into climbs and vice-versa. Either way, the part between Darrington and Rockport has a nice, remote feeling.
The Three Rivers Cruise 200k route from the Seattle Randos is the loop I've described, minus one little bit. They run from Rockport east over to Marblemount before heading back west on SR-20 for an extra 17 mile side trip.
Food stops along the way! (Randos navigate by food and bathroom stops
- Haggen in Arlington for breakfast. Nice bathrooms. Store doesn't mind if you bring bikes inside while you eat.
- Shell station in Darrington at the east-to-north bend in SR-530 for brunch. They have a decent hot counter and coffee but they closed their inside bathroom to customers. There's a port-o out back.
- There ain't squat in Rockport. (There's a market in Marblemount if you take the extra loop. They stock lots of Clif and Powerbar-ish things since they're the last stop before heading over Washington/Rainy passes, and many riders stop there.
- There's a lot of stuff in Concrete, just head up the hill into the center of town. We hit up a karaoke bar for a bottle refill around midnight on a 400k last year. The people there were nice, and the barkeep gave us a fillup and ice.
- There's a big AM/PM when you get to the intersection at SR-20 and SR-9. Decent food available, 24hr store, clean bathrooms.
- Heading down SR-9 there's a big traffic circle in some town I don't recall the name of. Anyhow, on that circle there's a gas station/bar/convenience mart with good coffee and clean bathrooms. I haven't tried their food, but supposedly it's good stuff.
- From there, you're right back to the Haggen in Arlington.
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