Hey there. I'd REALLY appreciate some general advice in planning a bicycling vacation in the Seattle, San Juan Islands areas. I've "been to" Seattle a couple of times (my brother lives there) but never on bike. I don't know the area well at all and I'm at a loss where to start in planning a vacation.
I'm from PA. Your state is SO BEAUTIFUL and there's so MUCH to see, it's hard to know where to start. Don't get me wrong: I'm not being lazy -- I've spent some good time reading ideas and suggestions on this forum -- but, not knowing the area, I don't know where to begin, what areas are must see, what roads and traffic is like, etc.
It'd be helpful to get general suggestions of areas that are bike friendly and scenic. If I could get some ideas as to how to prioritize things in terms of general places to take in, from there I could be more effective perusing this forum for details in how to make it happen.
I'm a pretty decent bicyclist. Good shape. 30-100 mi/day is pretty comfortable for me. I prefer road-biking and roads that are well-maintained and safe, re: traffic. I don't mind the hills.
Maybe it'd be best to go with an organized bike vacation, which is fine, but if I were able to pull together a decent itinerary myself, it'd be so much more gratifying to go at my own pace (not to mention huge savings in expense).
Hostels are fine. Hotels or resorts are okay. I love cabins. I could stay with my brother in Bellevue and branch out daily from there. He knows the area well but doesn't bike at all and doesn't have a good feel for how to go about this by bike.
So, Whidbey Island? Bainbridge Island? Coastal roads? Lake Crescent Area?
Thanks in advance,