I recently came up with a plan to do a short tour from Seattle, around Olympic Nat'l Park, down to Hood River, OR, ending back in Portland. The date will likely be in early July. I've planned out a rough route, and will get the Oregon Bicycle Guide to help. I don't have much time, ten riding days to be exact, so these seem like two large, airport-harboring cities spaced far enough apart to do a solid tour. I'm very excited about seeing Olympic Nat'l Park and the Columbia River Gorge. But, since it's likely I'll be going solo, I'd rather save the wilderness trips for a later date and instead cover more ground and meet more people. Five hundred or so miles over ten days shouldn't be pushing myself too hard, as I'm surprisingly in better cycling shape than I expected to be in after a dormant winter.
I'd be interested in any local advice and would love to hear from anyone interested in riding with me. This forum has been a great resource for me and I appreciate all the informative posts.