We rode the Seattle to Portland ride over 2 days this past weekend average speed 17.1 (excluding time in Portland stop and go traffic). Did more passing than getting passed but certainly got passed. Fun tandem ride with no long or steep climbs and some fun rollers. Stoker got a kick out of checking the mirror and seeing a line of singles 20 to 30 deep. Not a good ride if you are timid about passing people, of the 10, 000 people registered for this ride it felt like we passed more than 1/2 of them. Saw plenty of tandems including 1/2 dozen parent child teams. At one point were able to form a pace line of 4 tandems that randomly came together.
Hats off to the Holiday Inn Express in Chehalis Washington absolutely the most Bicycle accommodating hotel ever. Free............ beer, pasta, fruit, massages, bike parking, breakfast, no objection to riders taking bikes in rooms or elevators...fantastic!
Happy to have done it once but I do not think I would do it again except as a 1 day double century.