Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Coast, CA
Bikes: Surly LHT, Specialized Rockhopper, Nashbar Touring (old), Specialized Stumpjumper (older), Nishiki Tourer (model unknown)
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I lived in Bellingham in the 70's and 80's so this is old information. I rode from B'ham to Everett and on to Seattle three ways. One was down Highway 9. It was beautiful until about Sedro Woolley. Then it became unpleasant - straight, no shoulder, lots of traffic.
I tried a different route. I don't remember the details, except I rode through LaConner and the Tulalip Indian reservation. It wasn't so great.
By far my favorite route was down Whidbey Island. I'd ride south on Chuckanut Drive, head over through Bow-Edison, and go down Whidbey Island. I ride on the main highway down the island, but there are less-busy routes available. I think the Cascade Wheelmen have some routes on their website.
Once you get to Mukilteo I can't help you much. I went over to Aurora (99) and rode down to Seattle. You could probably go over to 99 and head north to Everett, but I'll bet there are nice roads to ride.